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Biomedical Engineering

School of Engineering and Applied Science

Master of Science (M.S.)
Location(s): Foggy Bottom - Main Campus

Program Overview

The School of Engineering and Applied Science grants a M.S. degree in biomedical engineering. Research in biomedical engineering towards the Ph.D. degree is integrated into the graduate programs of all five degree-granting departments in the School. The degree awarded is a Ph.D. in one of the traditional fields of engineering or computer science. To learn more about doctoral-level research in biomedical engineering, click here.

The master of science program in biomedical engineering at GW is a 30-credit-hour graduate program designed to prepare students to apply engineering principles to problems in medicine and biology, to understand and model multiple attributes of living systems, and to synthesize biomedical systems and devices.  Graduate students can choose from among two focus areas of study: medical imaging and medical instrumentation. The program is offered by the School of Engineering and Applied Science's Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the main campus in Foggy Bottom, and it takes full advantage of the close proximity (one city block) between the School of Engineering and Applied Science and the GW Medical School and GW Hospital.  If a master’s thesis is written, it accounts for six of the program’s 30 credit hours.

Students in the M.S. program are expected to demonstrate, through coursework, their understanding of human anatomy and physiology, of medical measurements, and of medical signals.  They understand the role of form and function, the body's communication system, and how to interrogate and understand the messages.  They make their understanding clear by solving problems, participating in laboratory exercises, and explaining these processes to others as part of term-project reports.  That basic knowledge is the foundation for courses in medical imaging, instrumentation design, and rehabilitation engineering.

In those courses, students gain skills in applying their knowledge of anatomy and physiology and their knowledge of physics and signals to understanding the opportunities and limitations of imaging, to developing new instruments, and to designing systems and devices that benefit the handicapped individual.  By bringing clinicians from the GW Medical Center into the classroom (clinical medicine for engineers), the program reinforces the need to integrate clinical requirements and constraints with engineering and new advances in materials and devices.

Admission Requirements

Admission deadlines:

Fall - January 15
Spring - September 1
Summer - March 1

Standardized test scores:

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required of all applicants. (Institution code 5246). Competitive quantitative scores are in the 90th+ percentile; competitive verbal scores are in the 50th+ percentile.

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the Academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or the PTE Academic is required of all applicants except those who hold a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree from a college or university in the United States or from an institution located in a country in which English is the official language, provided English was the language of instruction.  Minimum scores:

  • Academic IELTS: an overall band score of 6.0 with no individual score below 5.0; applicants requesting funding consideration must have an overall band score of 7.0 with no individual score below 6.0; or
  • TOEFL: 550 on paper-based or 80 on Internet-based; applicants requesting funding consideration must have 600 on paper-based; or 100 on Internet-based; or
  • PTE Academic: 53; applicants requesting funding consideration must have 68.

Recommendations required:

Three (3).  If possible, one of these recommendations should be from your advisor at the institution from which you earned your highest degree. Applicants who do not wish to be considered for an assistantship or fellowship are not required to submit recommendations.

Prior academic records:

Transcripts are required from all colleges and universities attended, whether or not credit was earned, the program was completed, or the credit appears as transfer credit on another transcript. Unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities attended must be uploaded to your online application. Official transcripts are required only of applicants who are offered admission.

If academic records are in a language other than English, a copy in the original language and an English language translation must be uploaded. Transcript evaluations should not be uploaded. Applicants with degrees from Indian universities should upload transcripts and/or detailed marksheets.

Statement of purpose:

In an essay of 250 to 500 words, state your purpose in undertaking graduate study at The George Washington University; describe your academic objectives, research interests, and career plans; and discuss your related qualifications, including collegiate, professional, and community activities, and any other substantial accomplishments not already mentioned.

Additional requirements:

Bachelor's degree with a grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in the last 60 hours of coursework.

All applicants must choose an area of focus that most closely matches their interests and note this on the online application.

International applicants only:

Please review International Applicant Information carefully for details on required documents, earlier deadlines for applicants requiring an I-20 or DS-2019 from GW.

For more information on the admission process, please visit the SEAS Frequently Asked Questions page. 

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