Master of Biomedical Engineering (M-BME) | University of Portland

Master of Biomedical Engineering (M-BME)


Program Highlights: 

  • Combines the study of the technical, medical, business, ethical, and entrepreneurial aspects necessary to conceive, design, and market innovative and cutting-edge healthcare products
  • Accelerated 12 month program 
  • 30 semester credit hours - 24 credits of required coursework and 6 credits of electives
  • Coursework includes development and marketing of a novel medical device 
  • Multi-disciplinary courses include business and ethics woven throughout the program to prepare for future management positions 

Admission Requirements:

  • Biomedical Engineering Statement of Purpose
  • Current Resume
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
    • The online application will prompt you to provide email addresses for two references.  A request will be sent directly to your references and they can upload a Word document or PDF letter.
    • Alternatively, completed letters of recommendation may be emailed as a signed attachment to or sent via mail to ATTN: Graduate School, 5000 N. Willamette Blvd., Portland, Oregon, 97203, directly by the reference.
    • Letters of recommendation are not required for current UP Juniors applying to the M.BME 4+1.
  • Official Transcripts (from all previously attended academic institutions)
    • Must be submitted directly from the institution
      • Electronically to
      • By mail: ATTN: Graduate School, 5000 N. Willamette Blvd., Portland, Oregon, 97203
    • A bachelor's degree or its equivalent from an accredited college or university recognized by the University of Portland is required 
      • International Applicants: All foreign degrees will be evaluated by International Student Services prior to an admissions decision  
    • International Applicants: Transcripts from foreign universities must follow the above guideline as well as be in English or be accompanied by an English translation certified as authentic 
  • Official Test Scores
    • International Applicants: An official score from one of the following English Proficiency Exams is required
      • TOEFL: minimum score of 80
      • IELTS: minimum score of 7.0
      • Duolingo: minimum score of 110
  • Bachelor's degree in engineering, mathematics, life science, physical science, or its equivalent
  • Prerequisites (see below)
  • International Applicants: Proof of financial support will be required to attend the University of Portland, but is not required for application review 

*The Biomedical Engineering program does not have specific minimum acceptance standards for GPA and GRE. All application materials are viewed in aggregate. The GPA for previously accepted students range from 2.9-3.9, and the average GPA is 3.42. 


For students who have an undergraduate degree in bioengineering, biomedical engineering, electrical engineering, or mechanical engineering from an ABET accredited program within the US, the prerequisites to enter the MBME program are currently being waived.

For students with other STEM degrees, the prerequisites listed below (or their equivalents) are required. For those with more than one outstanding prerequisite, conditional admission may be offered pending completion of the prerequisites prior to joining the cohort.

  • MTH 201 Calculus I
  • MTH 202 Calculus II
  • MTH 321 Ordinary Differential Equations
  • A Statistics Course (MTH 361 or EGR 361)
  • BIO 207/277 Cell Biology & Lab
  • CHM 207/277 General Chemistry I & Lab
  • PHY 204/274 General Physics I & Lab
  • A Computer Programming Course
  • EGR 211 Engineering Mechanics-Statics
  • EE 261/271 Electrical Circuits & Lab
  • EE 262 Signals and Systems

Application Timeline: 

  • Completed applications are reviewed on a rolling basis
  • Decision notifications will be released within two weeks of application completion
  • A $1,000 deposit is required to hold your place in the cohort
    • Due one month following receipt of the acceptance letter 
    • The deposit is applied to the first semester’s tuition


International Applicants: 

  • Please note the additional application requirements listed above in the "Admission Requirements" section
  • For additional information, visit International Student Services