Program Requirements

Thesis Option

Seven graduate courses appropriate for Biomedical Engineering21
One graduate course in experimental design, biostatistics or clinical studies3
BME 701 Master's Thesis6
BME 791Graduate Seminar (required for two semesters)0
Total Credits30

Non-Thesis Option

Nine graduate courses appropriate for Biomedical Engineering (may include a 3-credit project)27
One graduate course in experimental design, biostatistics or clinical studies3
BME 791Graduate Seminar (required for two semesters)0
Total Credits30

Areas of Concentration

Unlike many other programs in biomedical engineering, the NJIT M.S. Program does not require prescribed core courses. Students are given the responsibility of planning a concentration of a minimum of six (6) courses (18 credits) that define a concentration that meets their career goals and intellectual needs. Possible areas of concentrations include:

  •     Neural Engineering
  •     Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering
  •     Biomechanics
  •     Bioinstrumentation
  •     Rehabilitation Engineering
  •     Biomedical Imaging

Novel concentrations can be customized to address new cross-disciplinary areas or can be further specialized to focus on either research or product design.

Breadth Courses

Students may enroll in two (2) graduate courses (6 credits) in areas outside of their concentration but appropriate for the M.S. in Biomedical Engineering. Alternatively, these two courses could be selected as additional courses within the concentration.

Life and/or Medical Science Courses

Within the eight (8) courses of the Thesis Option or the eleven (11) courses of the Non-Thesis Option described above, students are strongly encouraged to take at least one (1) course in an area of life or medical science that supports the concentration. Non-Thesis students may wish to take additional life or medical science courses. This emphasizes the important link between engineering and the biological and medical sciences and can include basic or clinical science courses at Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences and Rutgers University-Newark, which are available to NJIT students via a cross-registration agreement.

Seminars

M.S. students are required to register for the 0 credit graduate seminar in each of a minimum of two semesters. This is a non-additive credit (i. e. it does not count toward the 30 required credits), however participation in the seminar is required for graduation. Graduate seminars are offered weekly during the semesters and include guest speakers as well as NJIT graduate students. The Department also maintains lists of seminars in other departments and in neighboring institutions that are of interest to biomedical engineering. Part-time graduate students may request a waiver of this requirement.

Thesis Requirement

The Thesis Option requires a six (6) credit thesis. Because biomedical engineering exists at the intersection of several traditional engineering and computing fields, and the biological and medical sciences, the thesis demonstrates the student's ability to define a problem, plan two semesters of independent work in an interdisciplinary environment, and execute a research and/or design that meets NJIT's standards for a Masters Thesis. The thesis document conforms to the format of the Office of Graduate Studies and is evaluated by a committee of three members, two of whom must be from the NJIT biomedical faculty. External members from industry, medicine or other universities are encouraged. An oral defense before the committee and the departmental community is also required. All NJIT theses are archived in the University Library and are available via the Library's web site.

Thesis topics are selected by the student in consultation with faculty and other potential advisors. Thesis content can include a research study, the development/design of new technology including software, or the design, execution and evaluation of an experiment. A thesis may be conducted in an NJIT laboratory or in another institutional or industrial facility. The individual nature of the work must be clearly identifiable, as should its novelty and importance to biomedical engineering.

In cases where the intellectual property of an industrial sponsor may be in conflict with the public presentation of the thesis or its availability through the NJIT Library, special arrangements can be made by the M.S. Program Director to protect the firm's property.

Planning of Courses

Students are responsible for identifying their area of concentration and proposing a coherent collection of courses to the M.S. Program Director or other designated advisor. The Department maintains an electronic list of graduate courses appropriate to biomedical engineering, which are offered at NJIT, RBHS and Rutgers-Newark on a semester by semester basis on the department website. Students are advised to continually review their selected set of courses, as there is generally some variability in the scheduling of established and new courses. The Program Director and/or other designated advisor will be available to assist in planning the course selection.

Sample clusters of courses are shown below for different areas of concentration. These clusters are intended to serve as examples of the flexibility students have in choosing a balanced set of courses to meet their educational objectives. They are not program requirements. Students may propose considerably altered clusters that better meet their academic needs. Note: Only the Thesis Option is shown. The Non-Thesis Option replaces the six-credit thesis with two additional courses (totaling 6 credits). MATH 663 Introduction to Biostatistics is shown as a representative course in statistics. Other appropriate courses may be substituted. Additional special topics courses may be offered each semester, but these courses are not specially listed in the graduate catalog. These topics carry a BME 698 Selected Topics and BME 788 Selected Topics designation. The program director will provide course descriptions for any special topics course being offered. There is no limit to number of special topics course that a student may take.

BME M.S. students are encouraged to consider appropriate courses offered by other NJIT departments as well as by departments at Rutgers-Newark and RBHS. Students are cautioned that such courses may have prerequisites and other enrollment restrictions, are advised to check with the appropriate department for clarification. The procedures for cross-registration at Rutgers-Newark and RBHS are explained elsewhere in this catalog.

Neural Engineering Course Cluster Example

BME 661Neural Engineering3
BME 687Design of Medical Instrumentation3
BME 680BioMEMS Design and Applications3
BME 668Medical Imaging Systems3
BME 673Biorobotics3
MATH 635Analytical Computational Neuroscience3
BME 674Principles of Neuromuscular Engineering3
BME 774Principles of Neurorehabilitation3
MATH 663Introduction to Biostatistics3
BME 701Master's Thesis 16
1

Students in the Non-Thesis Option take two additional courses, totaling 6 credits, in place of BME 701 Master's Thesis.

Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering Course Cluster Example

BME 672Biomaterials3
BME 651Principles of Tissue Engineering3
BME 677CAD for Biomechanics and Biomaterials3
BME 655Advanced Characterization of Biomaterials3
BME 652Cellular and Molecular Tissue Engineering3
BME 680BioMEMS Design and Applications3
BME 653Micro/Nanotechnologies for Interfacing Live Cells3
BME 670Introduction to Biomechanical Engineering3
BME 684Medical Device Development3
MATH 663Introduction to Biostatistics3
BME 701Master's Thesis 16
1

Students in the Non-Thesis Option take two additional courses, totaling 6 credits, in place of BME 701 Master's Thesis.

Biomechanics Course Cluster Example

BME 670Introduction to Biomechanical Engineering3
BME 671Biomechanics of Human Structure and Motion3
BME 672Biomaterials3
BME 673Biorobotics3
BME 654Cardiovascular Mechanic3
BME 680BioMEMS Design and Applications3
BME 676Computational Biomechanics3
BME 678Design of Orthopedic Implants3
BME 684Medical Device Development3
MATH 663Introduction to Biostatistics3
BME 701Master's Thesis 16
1

Students in the Non-Thesis Option take two additional courses, totaling 6 credits, in place of BME 701 Master's Thesis.

Biomedical Instrumentation Course Cluster Example

BME 687Design of Medical Instrumentation3
BME 686Intro. to Instrumentation for Physiomeasurements3
BME 680BioMEMS Design and Applications3
BME 667Bio-Control Systems3
BME 653Micro/Nanotechnologies for Interfacing Live Cells3
BME 668Medical Imaging Systems3
BME 672Biomaterials3
BME 675Computer Methods in Biomedical Engineering3
MATH 663Introduction to Biostatistics3
BME 701Master's Thesis 16
1

Students in the Non-Thesis Option take two additional courses, totaling 6 credits, in place of BME 701 Master's Thesis.

Rehabilitation Engineering Course Cluster Example

BME 671Biomechanics of Human Structure and Motion3
BME 686Intro. to Instrumentation for Physiomeasurements3
BME 678Design of Orthopedic Implants3
BME 673Biorobotics3
IE 661Man-Machine Systems3
BME 674Principles of Neuromuscular Engineering3
BME 774Principles of Neurorehabilitation3
BME 677CAD for Biomechanics and Biomaterials3
BME 701Master's Thesis 16
1

Students in the Non-Thesis Option take two additional courses, totaling 6 credits, in place of BME 701 Master's Thesis.

Biomedical Imaging Course Cluster Example

BME 698Selected Topics3
BME 687Design of Medical Instrumentation3
BME 661Neural Engineering3
MATH 663Introduction to Biostatistics 23
BME 701Master's Thesis 16
1

Students in the Non-Thesis Option take two additional courses, totaling 6 credits, in place of BME 701 Master's Thesis.

2

Course with statistical/experimental design content.

The blank table below can be used to start building a personal concentration of courses that supports individual educational objectives. Note that courses are generally offered only once in each academic year so there could be conflicts. Occasionally courses are discontinued and new courses are added. Please check the list of courses that is posted online by the NJIT Registrar prior to each semester.

Personal Concentration (Thesis Option: 8 courses plus thesis)

Course with statistical/experimental design content
BME 701Master's Thesis6

Personal Concentration (Non-Thesis Option: 11 courses)

Course with statistical/experimental design content