2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
    Apr 21, 2021  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog

Biomedical Engineering MSBME, Accelerated BS to MSBME Track

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College: Engineering and Computer Science Degree: MSBME
Department: Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Option: Thesis, Nonthesis
Program Websites: http://www.mae.ucf.edu/

Track Description

The Accelerated Undergraduate/Graduate program in Biomedical Engineering allows highly qualified undergraduate majors in Mechanical Engineering and Aerospace Engineering to begin taking graduate-level courses that will count toward their master’s degree while completing their baccalaureate degree program. Participation will enable completion of the Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in five instead of six years for students enrolled in full-time course work.

This program has potential ties to professional licensure or certification in the field. For more information on how this program may prepare you in that regard, please visit https://apq.ucf.edu/files/Licensure-Disclosure-CECS-Biomedical-Engineering-MS-June2020.pdf.


The BSME or BSAE is awarded after completing all university requirements, including 128 total credit hours and 71 credit hours of engineering courses. The MSBME is awarded upon completion of the master’s program. Courses designated in General Education Program and Common Program Prerequisites are usually completed in the first 60 hours (see engineering major requirements in the Undergraduate Catalog).

Total Credit Hours Required: 30 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor’s Degree

Up to 12 credit hours of approved graduate level courses of grades “B” (3.0) or better may be counted toward the BS and MS degrees. Additional notes on the Accelerated Undergraduate and Graduate Program in Mechanical Engineering are as follows:

  • Students who change degree programs and select this major must adopt the most current catalog.
  • Students must earn at least a “B” (3.0) in each undergraduate and graduate engineering course for them to be counted toward the major.

Biofluids Track

For the Biofluids Track, qualified courses that may be selected for the Accelerated BS to MS are:

Biomechanics Track

For the Biomechanics Track, qualified courses that may be selected for the Accelerated BS to MS are:

Undergraduate Requirements

Please see the current edition of the Undergraduate Catalog for additional information about this program.

Graduate Requirements

The Biomedical Engineering program requires a minimum of 30 credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree, and offers thesis and nonthesis options in two tracks, Biofluids and Biomechanics. At least 24 credit hours of course work must be taken, exclusive of thesis and research. The thesis options require 24 credit hours of formal courses, and six credit hours of thesis.  Accelerated Biomedical Engineering students must declare their interest in either the Biofluids Track or the Biomechanics Track by completing a Program of Study with their adviser.

Students must register for the seminar course a minimum of two times during their graduate career in the master’s program (thesis option). The students must also complete the course with a satisfactory (S) grade in both attempts. If the student does not complete the course with a satisfactory grade, the student will be asked to repeat the course to meet program requirements.

The nonthesis options require 30 credit hours of courses, including completion of BME 6935 - Topics in Biomedical Engineering .

Additionally, all students pursuing the thesis option must enroll in the following course:

  • EML 5936 - Mechanical and Aerospace Seminar 0 Credit Hours

Independent Learning

The Independent Learning Requirement is met by successful completion of a master’s thesis for the thesis option. For nonthesis students, the independent learning experience is provided by BME 6935 - Topics in Biomedical Engineering , one of the required courses.

Application Requirements

For information on general UCF graduate admissions requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the Admissions  section of the Graduate Catalog. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.

The Accelerated BS to MS program in Biomedical Engineering allows highly qualified University of Central Florida undergraduate majors in Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering to begin taking graduate level courses that will count toward their master’s degree while completing their baccalaureate degree program. Students apply for admission to the accelerated program in either their junior year or senior year. If the student has a degree in the discipline but was not previously part of this accelerated program, then they should apply to either the Biofluids Track or Biomechanics Track

In addition to the general UCF graduate application requirements , applicants to this program must provide:

  • One official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university attended.
  • Résumé.
  • A written statement of experience and research, areas of interest, and future career goals.

Faculty members may choose to conduct face-to-face or telephone interviews before accepting an applicant into their research program.

Additional courses may be required to correct deficiencies. Applicants should contact the MMAE graduate program director for more information.

Application Deadlines

Accelerated BS to MSBME *Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
Domestic Applicants Jan 15 Jul 1 Dec 1  
International Applicants        
*Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date.


Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see the College of Graduate Studies Funding website, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The Financial Information  section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.


Fellowships are awarded based on academic merit to highly qualified students. They are paid to students through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, based on instructions provided by the College of Graduate Studies. Fellowships are given to support a student’s graduate study and do not have a work obligation. For more information, see UCF Graduate Fellowships, which includes descriptions of university fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship.

Contact Info

Graduate Program

Jihua Gou PhD
Telephone: 407-823-2155
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Graduate Admissions

Ashley Rivera Mercado
Telephone: 407-823-2766
Millican Hall 230
Online Application
Graduate Admissions

Mailing Address
UCF College of Graduate Studies
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Orlando, FL 32816-0112

Institution Codes
GRE: 5233
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Graduate Fellowships

Grad Fellowships
Telephone: 407-823-0127

Graduate Financial Aid

UCF Student Financial Assistance
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Telephone: 407-823-2827
Appointment Line: 407-823-5285
Fax: 407-823-5241

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