Chemical and Biomedical Engineering

Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering


Biomedical engineering, most simply stated, is the application of engineering principles to human health issues.  Humans are the most complicated machine one can imagine, not exactly fitting into any one description of our engineering disciplines.  Rather it involves all disciplines and many other sciences.  It is truly an “interdisciplinary” area. 

The graduate program in biomedical engineering is designed to provide students with the skills to apply engineering analysis and design to the solution of biomedical-related problems.  Upon completion of the program, students will be prepared to work in the medical device industry or to continue their education at the doctoral level.

New College of Engineering Building

Students in the program benefit greatly from collaborations with the world-renowned Department of Biomedical Engineering at the Cleveland Clinic, which is a short, 3 mile bus ride from the CSU campus on the Healthline.  Some of the courses are taught by adjunct faculty from the Cleveland Clinic at CSU and some of the students conduct their thesis research at the top-notch research facilities of the Cleveland Clinic.  A $40 million expansion of the engineering building at CSU is currently underway, with greatly enhanced research, design, and computation labs.  

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) indicates that the annual mean salary of biomedical engineers in the U.S. is $91,760. If you would like further information on careers in biomedical engineering, click here.

Program Description

The program provides a foundation built on fundamentals in the life sciences, including those at the cellular, tissue, and human physiology level.    Elective courses are selected from the specialties within biomedical engineering, including biomaterials and tissue engineering, biomechanics, imaging, instrumentation, drug delivery, and nanotechnology.   The program offers two tracks: a thesis track and a design track. In-depth study of a specific research topic with a faculty mentor is conducted in the thesis track.  Students in the design track work in teams on a year-long design project with mentors from either local industry or the Medical Device Solutions Department at the Cleveland Clinic.  This biomedical design option is unique in northeast Ohio and among only a handful of similar programs nationwide.  The design option is especially appropriate for those who will seek industrial employment directly after completion of the program and/or are interested in starting their own business. The MS program can be pursued on either a full-time or part-time basis, with most courses offered during the evening.  Full-time students can complete the program in two years.

Faculty and Research

The faculty of the MS  Biomedical Engineering program include members from the Departments of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering, Chemistry, and Physics at CSU, and over 30 adjunct faculty members from the Department of Biomedical Engineering of the Lerner Research Institute at the Cleveland Clinic.  The biomedical engineering faculty at CSU and at the Cleveland Clinic conduct their world-recognized research in the following areas:

  • Biomaterials
  • Tissue Engineering
  • Drug delivery
  • Biomechanics
  • Automated high-throughput screening systems
  • Medical Imaging

CSU and the Cleveland Clinic offer a vibrant research environment, including top-notch research facilities, core technical support, regular technical seminars, and social programs.

Course Requirements

The program provides a foundation built on fundamentals in the life sciences, mathematics, and core biomedical engineering topics.  In-depth knowledge in the specific field of interest is gained from advanced courses in engineering and sciences.  Click here for a printable curriculum sheet detailing program requirements.  

Additional details are found in the graduate catalog.

For Information Contact:

Graduate Program Director, BME
Department of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering
Cleveland State University
2121 Euclid Avenue, FH 455
Cleveland, OH 44115-2425
(216) 687-2571 / FAX: (216) 687-9220