Bioengineering Master of Science

Students pursuing a master of science in bioengineering at CU Denver will gain advanced training in bioengineering working with top researchers in the field. Students have a choice of training pathways in basic research, clinical applications or commercialization of medical technologies and will find themselves prepared for bioengineering careers in industry, government or academia. 

Our master of science program is designed to be completed in 18 to 24 months. Academic instruction in the graduate program focuses on developing core competencies in life sciences, quantitative methods, technology and research methods.  

Students in One-Year MS Medical Device Design and Entrepreneurship will complete a 30 credit hours of graduate-level courses. 6 credits from upper division undergraduate elective courses can be counted towards the undergraduate and MS degrees for students with a BS in Bioengineering from CU Denver.


The master of science in bioengineering requires 30 credit hours of coursework, including 3 to 6 credit hours of a master’s project or thesis:

  • 3 credit hours of life sciences core
  • 3 credit hours of quantitative methods core
  • 6-9 credit hours of technology core
  • 3 credit hours of research and clinical core
  • 6-9 credit hours of electives
  • 3-6 research core, including master’s project or thesis

Eligibility requirements

Applicants to the master of science in bioengineering should meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Prior GPA in most recent degree of 3.0 (B) or higher
  • Completion of a bachelor's degree in engineering from an accredited United States institution or comparable international institution, or
  • Completion of a bachelor's degree in a bioscience-related field with:
    • three semesters of calculus
    • one semester of differential equations and linear algebra
    • one semester of statistics
    • one semester of mechanics
    • one semester of circuits
    • one semester of computer programming

Students may be admitted to the graduate bioengineering program with the provision that, in addition to the required courses, they take any missing courses at CU Denver.

CU Denver and the graduate programs in bioengineering are accredited through the regional accreditation agency. For more information, visit​.​​


Western Regional Graduate Program

The Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP) allows graduate students who are residents of WICHE member states to enroll outside of their home state and pay resident tuition.

All College of Engineering, Design and Computing graduate programs are eligible for the WRGP.