Integrated Biomedical Engineering and Business

Major: Integrated Biomedical Engineering and Business
Degree Awarded: Master of Science (MS)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 45.0
Co-op Option: Available for full-time on-campus master's-level students
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 14.0501
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 17-2031

About the Program

The Master of Science in Integrated Biomedical Engineering and Business is designed for engineers pursuing Business/Management oriented careers in Biomedical Engineering. The program is open for students with previous undergraduate degrees in an engineering discipline. The program provides participants with a biomedical engineering training, but combines it with a multifaceted and transferable skill set of a manager and technology entrepreneur. Participants will complete specific courses and have experiences that promote the development of their business skills in terms of management, finance, leadership, communications and marketing skills, thus helping to ensure graduates’ professional success.

In addition, the program requires a minimum of 45.0 quarter credits (40.0 credits in class; 3.0 or 6.0 co-op and/or 3.0-6.0 elective credits). It is a non-thesis program and can be completed in 1.5 years as a full time student, or it can be taken on a part-time basis.

Admission Requirements

Acceptance into the MS in Integrated Biomedical Engineering and Business program requires a four-year bachelor's degree in engineering from a regionally accredited institution in the United States or an equivalent international institution. Regular acceptance typically requires a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 for the last two years of undergraduate work. The average for any graduate work must be at least 3.0.

Applicants must also fulfill the following requirements for consideration:

▪ Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended;
▪ Official test scores from Graduate Record Examination (GRE);
▪ References from at least two instructors or professionals;
▪ Essay and Resume

International applicants (non-United States citizens) must meet the same requirements for admission as students from the United States. Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate the ability to speak, write, and understand the English language by submitting an acceptable score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). An evaluation by World Education Services (WES) is required for transcripts from institutions outside the United States.

Online applications are accepted all year round, but all admitted students initiate their studies in the following fall term. Students are encouraged to apply no later than July 1 for consideration for admission the following fall term. Students may defer admission by one year.

Program Contact Information:

For questions about how to apply to the program, please contact:

Carolyn Riley
Associate Director of Professional Programs and Graduate Advising
School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems
Email: cr63@drexel.edu

Andres Kreite, PhD
Associate Dean for Academic Operations
School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems
Email: ak3652@drexel.edu

Degree Requirements

Required Biomedical Engineering Core
BMES 501Medical Sciences I3.0
BMES 510Biomedical Statistics4.0
BMES 511Principles of Systems Analysis Applied to Biomedicine I3.0
BMES 534Design Thinking for Biomedical Engineers3.0
BMES 538Biomedical Ethics and Law3.0
BMES 588Medical Device Development3.0
Required Business Classes
BUSN 501Measuring and Maximizing Financial Performance3.0
BUSN 502Essentials of Economics3.0
MGMT 601Managing the Total Enterprise3.0
MKTG 601Marketing Strategy & Planning3.0
ORGB 625Leadership and Professional Development3.0
Required Entrepreneurial Classes
BMES 509Entrepreneurship for Biomedical Engineering and Science3.0
ENTP 640Methods of Entrepreneurship3.0
Biomedical Engineering Elective Courses (Choose one)3.0-4.0
Pharmacogenomics
Tissue Engineering I
Biomedical Mechanics I
Biomaterials I
Neural Signals
Medical Instrumentation
Hospital Administration
Co-Op3.0-6.0
Co-op Experience for Master’s Degree Students
Advanced Co-op Guidance for Master’s Degree Students
Total Credits46.0-50.0

Sample Plan of Study

First Year
FallCredits
BMES 501Medical Sciences I3.0
BMES 510Biomedical Statistics4.0
MGMT 601Managing the Total Enterprise3.0
 Term Credits10.0
Winter
BMES 511Principles of Systems Analysis Applied to Biomedicine I3.0
BMES 534Design Thinking for Biomedical Engineers3.0
BUSN 501Measuring and Maximizing Financial Performance3.0
 Term Credits9.0
Spring
BMES 538Biomedical Ethics and Law3.0
BMES 588Medical Device Development3.0
BUSN 502Essentials of Economics3.0
 Term Credits9.0
Summer
Required 3-month Co-op (or) Independent Study3.0
Independent Study in BMES 
Co-op Experience for Master’s Degree Students 
 Term Credits3.0
Second Year
Fall
BMES 509Entrepreneurship for Biomedical Engineering and Science3.0
ORGB 625Leadership and Professional Development3.0
BMES Elective / Specialization Course (Choose One)4.0
Tissue Engineering I 
Biomedical Mechanics I 
Biomaterials I 
Medical Instrumentation 
 Term Credits10.0
Winter
MKTG 601Marketing Strategy & Planning3.0
ENTP 640Methods of Entrepreneurship3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Total Credit: 47.0
First Year
FallCredits
BMES 501Medical Sciences I3.0
BMES 510Biomedical Statistics4.0
MGMT 601Managing the Total Enterprise3.0
 Term Credits10.0
Winter
BMES 511Principles of Systems Analysis Applied to Biomedicine I3.0
BMES 534Design Thinking for Biomedical Engineers3.0
BUSN 501Measuring and Maximizing Financial Performance3.0
 Term Credits9.0
Spring
BMES 538Biomedical Ethics and Law3.0
BMES 588Medical Device Development3.0
BUSN 502Essentials of Economics3.0
 Term Credits9.0
Summer
COOP 501Co-op Experience for Master’s Degree Students3.0
 Term Credits3.0
Second Year
Fall
COOP 601Advanced Co-op Guidance for Master’s Degree Students3.0
 Term Credits3.0
Winter
ENTP 640Methods of Entrepreneurship3.0
MKTG 601Marketing Strategy & Planning3.0
BMES Elective / Specialization Course (Choose One)3.0
Pharmacogenomics 
Neural Signals 
Hospital Administration 
 Term Credits9.0
Spring
BMES 509Entrepreneurship for Biomedical Engineering and Science3.0
ORGB 625Leadership and Professional Development3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Total Credit: 49.0

Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems Faculty

Fred D. Allen, PhD (University of Pennsylvania) Associate Director, Undergraduate Education. Assistant Professor. Tissue engineering, cell engineering, orthopedics, bone remodeling, wound healing, mechanotransduction, signal transduction, adhesion, migration.
Hasan Ayaz, PhD (Drexel University). Research Associate Professor. Optical brain imaging, cognitive neuroengineering, brain computer interface (BCI), functional ner infrared (fNIR), and near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS).
Sriram Balasubramanian, PhD (Wayne State University). Assistant Professor. Structural characteristics of the pediatric thoracic cage using CT scans and developing an age-equivalent animal model for pediatric long bones.
Kenneth A. Barbee, PhD (University of Pennsylvania) Associate Dean for Research. Professor. Cellular biomechanics of neural and vascular injury, mechanotransduction in the cardiovascular system, mechanical control of growth and development for wound healing and tissue engineering.
Paul Brandt-Rauf, ScD, MD, PhD (Columbia University) Dean. Distinguished Professor. Environmental health, particularly the molecular biology and molecular epidemiology of environmental carcinogenesis.
Donald Buerk, PhD (Northwestern University). Research Professor. Biotechnology, physiology, systems biology, blood flow, microcirculation, nitric oxide, oxygen transport
Jamie Dougherty, PhD (Drexel University). Assistant Teaching Professor. Brain-computer interface, neural encoding, electrophysiological signal acquisition and processing.
Lin Han, PhD (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) School of Biomedical Engineering Science & Health Systems. Assistant Professor. Nanoscale structure-property relationships of biological materials, genetic and molecular origins soft joint tissue diseases, biomaterials under extreme conditions, coupling between stimulus-responsiveness and geometry.
Uri Hershberg, PhD (Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel). Assistant Professor. Bioinformatics, immunology, neural computation, system biology, somatic selection, autoimmunity, genetic stability, germline diversity, dendritic cell, transcription elements, pathogens, computational and mathematical modeling, complex systems, cognition and inflammation.
Kurtulus Izzetoglu, PhD (Drexel University) Associate Research Professor. Cognitive neuroengineering, functional brain imaging, near infrared spectroscopy, medical sensor development, biomedical signal processing, human performance assessment, and cognitive aging
Meltem Izzetoglu, PhD (Drexel University). Associate Research Professor. Cognitive neuroengineering, biomedical signal processing, statistical signal analysis, optimal artifact removal, information processing, optical brain imaging, functional near infrared spectroscopy, working memory, attention, learning, reading and mathematical disabilities, cognitive aging, anesthesia awareness, and social anxiety disorders.
Dov Jaron, PhD (University of Pennsylvania) Calhoun Distinguished Professor of Engineering in Medicine. Professor. Mathematical, computer and electromechanical simulations of the cardiovascular system.
Andres Kriete, PhD (University of Bremen Germany) Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. Associate Teaching Professor. Systems biology, bioimaging, control theory, biology of aging, skin cancer.
Steven Kurtz, PhD (Cornell University). Associate Research Professor. Computational biomechanics of bone-implant systems and impact-related injuries, orthopaedic biomechanics, contact mechanics, orthopaedic biomaterials, large-deformation mechanical behavior and wear of polymers, and degradation and crosslinking of polyolefins in implant applications.
Ryszard Lec, PhD (University of Warsaw Engineering College). Professor. Biomedical applications of visoelastic, acoustoptic and ultrasonic properties of liquid and solid media.
Peter Lewin, PhD (University of Denmark, Copenhagen-Lyngby) Richard B. Beard Professor, School Of Biomedical Engineering, Science & Health Systems. Professor. Biomedical ultrasonics, piezoelectric and polymer transducers and hydrophones; shock wave sensors.
Hualou Liang, PhD (Chinese Academy of Sciences). Professor. Neuroengineering, neuroinformatics, cognitive and computational neuroscience, neural data analysis and computational modeling, biomedical signal processing.
Donald L. McEachron, PhD (University of California at San Diego) Coordinator, Academic Assessment and Improvement. Teaching Professor. Animal behavior, autoradiography, biological rhythms, cerebral metabolism, evolutionary theory, image processing, neuroendocrinology.
Michael Neidrauer, PhD (Drexel University). Assistant Research Professor. Wound healing, near infrared, spectroscopy, cell culture, data analysis, optical coherence tomography (OCT), matlab, life sciences assay development, confocal microscopy, biomaterials, in-vivo, medical devices
Banu Onaral, PhD (University of Pennsylvania) H.H. Sun Professor; Senior Advisor to the President, Global Partnerships. Professor. Biomedical signal processing; complexity and scaling in biomedical signals and systems.
Kambiz Pourrezaei, PhD (Rensselaer Polytechnic University). Professor. Thin film technology; nanotechnology; near infrared imaging; power electronics.
Ahmet Sacan, PhD (Middle East Technical University). Assistant Professor. Indexing and data mining in biological databases; protein sequence and structure; similarity search; protein structure modeling; protein-protein interaction; automated cell tracking.
Joseph J. Sarver, PhD (Drexel University). Associate Professor. Neuromuscular adaptation to changes in the myo-mechanical environment.
Patricia A. Shewokis, PhD (University of Georgia). Professor. Roles of cognition and motor function during motor skill learning; role of information feedback frequency on the memory of motor skills, noninvasive neural imaging techniques of functional near infrared spectroscopy(fNIR) and electroencephalograpy (EEG) and methodology and research design.
Adrian C. Shieh, PhD (Rice University). Assistant Professor. Contribution of mechanical forces to tumor invasion and metastasis, with a particular emphasis on how biomechanical signals may drive the invasive switch, and how the biomechanical microenvironment interacts with cytokine signaling and the extracellular matrix to influence tumor and stromal cell behavior.
Wan Y. Shih, PhD (Ohio State University). Associate Professor. Piezoelectric microcantilever biosensors development, piezoelectric finger development, quantum dots development, tissue elasticity imaging, piezoelectric microcantilever force probes.
Kara Spiller, PhD (Drexel University). Assistant Professor. Macrophage-biometerial interactions, drug delivery systems, and chronic would healing. Cell-biomaterial interactions, biomaterial design, and international engineering education.
Marek Swoboda, PhD (Drexel University). Assistant Teaching Professor. Cardiovascular engineering, cardiovascular system, diagnostic devices in cardiology, piezoelectric biosensors, and pathogen detection.
Amy Throckmorton, PhD (University of Virginia). Associate Professor. Computational and experimental fluid dynamics; cardiovascular modeling, including transient, fluid-structure interaction, and patient-specific anatomical studies; bench-to-bedside development of medical devices; artificial organs research; prediction and quantification of blood trauma and thrombosis in medical devices; design of therapeutic alternatives for patients with dysfunctional single ventricle physiology; human factors engineering of mechanical circulatory assist devices
Margaret Wheatley, PhD (University of Toronto) John M. Reid Professor. Ultrasound contrast agent development (tumor targeting and triggered drug delivery), controlled release technology (bioactive compounds), microencapsulated allografts ("ex vivo" gene therapy) for spinal cord repair.
Ming Xiao, PhD (Baylor University). Associate Professor. Nanotechnology, single molecule detection, single molecule fluorescent imaging, genomics, genetics, genome mapping, DNA sequencing, DNA biochemistry, and biophysics.
Yinghui Zhong, PhD (Georgia Institute of Technology). Assistant Professor. Spinal cord repair, and engineering neural prosthesis/brain interface using biomaterials, drug delivery, and stem cell therapy.
Leonid Zubkov, PhD, DSc (St. Petersburg State University, Russia). Research Professor. Physiology, wound healing, physiologic neovascularization, near-infrared spectroscopy, optical tomography, histological techniques, computer-assisted diagnosis, infrared spectrophotometry, physiologic monitoring, experimental diabetes mellitus, penetrating wounds, diabetes complications, skin, animal models, radiation scattering, failure analysis
Catherin von Reyn, PhD (University of Pennsylvania). Assistant Professor. Cell type-specific genetic engineering, whole-cell patch clamp in behaving animals, modeling, and detailed behavioral analysis to identify and characterize sensorimotor circuits.

Emeritus Faculty

Rahamim Seliktar, PhD (University of Strathclyde, Glasgow). Professor Emeritus. Limb prostheses, biomechanics of human motion, orthopedic biomechanics.
Hun H. Sun, PhD (Cornell University). Professor Emeritus. Biological control systems, physiological modeling, systems analysis.
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