Medical Device Design and Entrepreneurship
One-Year Master of Science in Bioengineering 


The Denver metro area is the eighth-largest medical device industry sector in the United States and, prior to the current COVID-19 crisis, was growing at a rate of over 5%. This focused program — that can be completed in one year of full-time study — is for students holding a BS in engineering or life science. The curriculum includes training from the CU Anschutz Medical Campus, the CU Denver College of Engineering, Design and Computing, and the CU Denver Business School with design-based training in FDA and worldwide regulatory processes, intellectual property strategies for medical devices, applying a “lean startup” model to medical device businesses, and funding and reimbursement strategies for medical devices as well as biology and machine learning concepts.

Instructors include experienced medtech entrepreneurs, industry personnel, regulatory experts and business leaders. This program culminates with a business-oriented project focusing on generating deeper understanding of one important area within medical device design and entrepreneurship. Completion of this one-year bioengineering MS degree will make students more competitive for work in the areas of medical device design or entrepreneurial biotech.


The master of science (MS) in bioengineering requires 30 credit hours of coursework, including three to six credit hours of a master’s project or thesis.

Sample schedule

MS Program Worksheet Medical Device Design

Fall 2020 (10-13 credit hours)

  • BIOE 5010 Cell and Molecular Biology (or BIOE 5011 in Spring)
  • BIOE 5020 Data Analytics and Machine Learning in Bioengineering
  • BIOE 5041 Clinical Experiences
  • BIOE 5420 Biomedical Device Design and Entrepreneurship
  • BIOE 5054 Regulatory Affairs

Spring 2021 (11 credit hours)

  • One business class
  • Two BIOE electives
  • BIOE 5011 Systems Physiology (or BIOE 5010 in fall)
  • BIOE 5040 Research Methods

Summer 2021 (6 credits)

  • Master's Project in Medical Device Design 

Eligibility requirements

Applicants to the one-year 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. All math prerequisites must be completed before students can matriculate. 

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


Potential student projects

Are entrepreneurs born or made? However you feel about this question, there is a common set of skills and knowledge that successful entrepreneurs possess. In this program, we explore the key ingredients needed to develop value in medical devices. Students will work directly with experienced mentors to learn the practical skills for success in this space.
Dr. Robin Shandas

Robin Shandas

CU Distinguished Professor of Bioengineering, Founder of 8 medical technology startups

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.