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

Biomedical Engineering MSBME, MD/MSBME Track

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

Track Description

The Biomedical Engineering MS program offers an MD/MSBME Track that enables qualified students to earn both the MD and the MSBME degrees.

For medical students, the combined MD/MSBME will run as a 5-year program where the students will complete the majority of the MSBME requirements in the third year after matriculation, prior to their clinical experiences. MD students apply and are admitted into the MSBME program in Fall. Upon successful completion of the Structure and Function and FIRE modules in their first year of medical school, students in the MD/MSBME program will receive 9 hours of credit toward the 30 credit hours required for the requirements of the MSBME degree. Medical students will complete the second year of the curriculum and take a year’s leave of absence to take most of the MSBME degree requirements.

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 Biomedical Engineering MS program requires a minimum of 30 credit hours for students who choose the MD/MSBME track. In this restricted admission MD track, students complete biomedical engineering core courses, concentration courses in Biofluids or Biomechanics, and a thesis.

For MD students in this track, the combined MD/MSBME will be a five-year program, where students complete the majority of the MSBME requirements in the third year (15 credit hours of coursework and 3 credit hours of thesis), receive 9 credit hours of transfer credit from their MD program toward the 30 credit hours required for the MSBME, defend their master’s thesis and take the balance of 3 credit hours of thesis in the fifth year, and then graduate with both MD and MSBME degrees.

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

All students must take at least 15 credit hours at the 6000 level. At least 24 credit hours of the program of study must be course work, exclusive of research and thesis hours.

All students must identify an adviser and file an official program of study prior to the completion of 9 credit hours of study. Students should consult with the MAE Graduate Program Director for assistance in filling out their program of study. The program of study must be approved by the department.

A student with an undergraduate degree outside of the selected departmental discipline may be required to satisfy an articulation program. Substitutions to the program of study must be approved by the student’s faculty adviser and department. More information is available on the MAE departmental website (http://www.mae.ucf.edu/).

Required Courses—24 Credit Hours

Core Courses—18 Credit Hours

Concentration—6 Credit Hours


Students in the Biofluids Option may select one or both courses from the Biofluids Concentration.


Students in the Biomechanics Option may select one or both courses from the Biomechanics Concentration.

Thesis—6 Credit Hours

Students may not register for thesis credit hours until an advisory committee has been appointed and the committee has reviewed the student’s program of study and the proposed thesis topic.

The College of Engineering and Computer Science requires that all thesis defense announcements be approved by the student’s adviser and posted on the college’s website (www.cecs.ucf.edu) and on the Events Calendar at the College of Graduate Studies website at least two weeks before the defense date.

MAE Department Graduate Seminar Requirement

The MAE Graduate Seminar is a zero credit hour (S/U) course that is offered each Fall and Spring academic semesters. All MAE graduate students who are pursuing the MSBME are required to register, participate in, and receive a satisfactory (S) grade for two semesters of MAE Graduate Seminar prior to graduation.

Independent Learning

The Independent Learning Requirement is met by successful completion of a master’s thesis.

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.

Students interested in pursuing both the MD and MSBME degrees must apply and be accepted into medical school and the Biomedical Engineering MS program. Separate applications are required, but students wishing to pursue this joint degree program should indicate this and state their reasons on both applications. Information regarding admission and application to UCF’s MD program can be found at https://med.ucf.edu/administrative-offices/student-affairs/admissions/.

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.
  • A bachelor’s degree in Biomedical, Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering, or a closely related discipline. 
  • Résumé.
  • Statement of educational, research, and professional career objectives.
  • Applicants applying to this program who have attended a college/university outside the United States must provide a course-by-course credential evaluation with GPA calculation. Credential evaluations are accepted from World Education Services (WES) or Josef Silny and Associates, Inc. only.
  • In addition to the above requirements, students must also meet the requirements for medical school admission: https://med.ucf.edu/administrative-offices/student-affairs/admissions/

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. Students should contact the MMAE graduate program director for further information.

Application Deadlines

MD / MSBME *Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
Domestic Applicants Jan 15 Jul 1    
International Applicants Jan 15 Jan 15    
*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

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Telephone: 407-823-2155
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Graduate Admissions

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Graduate Fellowships

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Graduate Financial Aid

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