Master of Science in Bioengineering


Program Description


Earn a Master of Science in Bioengineering and pursue interdisciplinary research into specialized biomedical research areas. Develop the expertise that will advance your career, help you transition into the field or prepare you for doctoral study.

Bioengineering focuses on the application of advanced technology to solve complex biologic problems. Through this master’s program, you’ll gain the credentials to claim expert status in areas ranging from tissue engineering to biomechanics and bioelectronics.

The program can be pursued through a customized area of specialization. Interdisciplinary collaboration is encouraged with faculty in- and outside the College of Engineering. Students have worked with researchers in Temple’s Fox Chase Cancer Center, Katz School of Medicine, Kornberg School of Dentistry, and College of Science and Technology.

This flexible master’s program can be completed full or part-time and evening classes are available. The departmental community is small, offering you an intimate learning experience with easy access to faculty. Also, because the program was established in 2012, all its lab facilities are state-of-the-art, providing additional return on your investment in this highly affordable degree program.

Credit Requirements

Temple’s Bioengineering MS requires a minimum of 30 credit hours.

Classes & Curriculum

You will work with a faculty advisor to pursue research areas in Bioengineering based on your ambitions and interests. You may choose from one of these following research areas or create a custom curriculum based on your area of interest.
  • Biomechanics, neuromechanics, and neuroengineering: Focus on understanding how neural and musculoskeletal systems underlie movement in health and disease, or on the applications of neural prostheses and viral gene therapeutic methods on the recovery of spinal and sensorimotor pathways after injury.
  • Biomaterials, tissue, and regenerative engineering: Design, invent and engineer new materials for research that involves tissue engineering and regenerative medicine discoveries or applications.
  • Bioimaging and spectroscopy: Develop and apply imaging techniques and associated image analyses at the organismal, cellular and tissue scales.

You’ll choose one of three tracks.


  • 24 credits of course work
  • six credits of thesis work


  • 27 credits of didactic course work
  • three credits of project work

Course work

  • 30 credits of didactic course work

Tuition & Fees

In keeping with Temple’s commitment to access and affordability, this Master of Science in Bioengineering offers a competitive level of tuition with multiple opportunities for financial support.

Tuition rates are set annually by the university and are affected by multiple factors, including program degree level (undergraduate or graduate), course load (full- or part-time), in-state or out-of-state residency, and more. These tuition costs apply to the 2018–2019 academic year.

Pennsylvania resident: $1,135.00 per credit
Out-of-state: $1490.00 per credit

Student Diversity

The College of Engineering reflects the diversity that has always been a hallmark of life at Temple. With students from all 50 states, 129 countries and with cultural backgrounds of all kinds, Temple’s classrooms are enriched with countless perspectives, giving students a global point of view across disciplines and fields, and strengthening bonds that encourage success among students.

As a community, Temple’s shared responsibility is to enhance the quality of life for all members of the Temple community, providing a safe, supportive and welcoming environment in which to learn, work and grow.


Job market demand for biomedical engineers is expected to increase by approximately 27 percent. This is attributed to an aging population’s increased demand for biomedical devices and interventions. As a result, you can expect to see more openings in bioengineering for positions with

  • biotech companies,
  • device manufacturers,
  • government regulatory agencies,
  • pharmaceutical companies doing research and development,
  • Ph.D. programs,
  • research labs at universities and hospitals, and
  • the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Admissions Information

You’ll need to complete an application online. There is a $60 application fee.

To apply you should have a bachelor’s degree in engineering and a 3.0 GPA or higher.

Students with degrees in other related disciplines may be considered but may need to take preparatory courses before applying. The department identifies the need for prerequisite coursework on an individual basis.

Application requirements
  1. References: You’ll need three letters of recommendation. If sending by email, these should come directly from your reference writer’s personal email address.
  2. Goals statement: In one to two pages, describe your relevant technical experiences and career goals.
  3. GRE score: The test must have been taken within five years of the application date. Minimum scores for the College of Engineering: Verbal: 150, Quantitative: 151, Analytical Writing: 4.5. Your official scores should be sent directly from the Educational Testing Agency. The institutional code for Temple is 2906.
  4. Current professional résumé
  5. Transcripts: Official transcripts should be sent directly from the institution.

Last updated Oct 2019

About the School

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Temple Engineering is undergoing big changes. At 12th and Norris, we have been evolving for quite some time. As a college, we have grown to more than 2,100 students and are always undergoing changes to modernize our curriculum. Our facilities also continue to evolve in order to deliver modern, efficient and collaborative spaces designed specifically for engineers. Read less