Texas Tech University

M.S. in Bioengineering Degree Program

The Master of Science in Bioengineering program has two degree options. The thesis option requires 24 hours of coursework, plus six hours of thesis. The non-thesis option requires 30 hours of coursework.

The GRE is required for admission into the program, and must be completed before application. Students must have an adequate mathematics background equivalent to an undergraduate differential equations-level course.

At least half of the student's total coursework must be in courses taught within the Whitacre College of Engineering.

Students, upon acceptance, are considered to be non-thesis. The graduate faculty advisor for non-thesis students is Brandon Weeks. After a suitable thesis advisor has been identified and has agreed to guide the thesis research, a student can change to the thesis option and receive advising from that faculty member.

If you are an undergraduate student, you may be interested in the Accelerated BS/MS Program

Math and Statistics Courses

All bioengineering students take at least one course from the given list of math and statistics courses.

Math Courses

  • ChE 5310: Advanced Chemical Engineering Techniques
  • CS 5328: Scientific Computing
  • ECE 5371: Engineering Analysis
  • IE 5342: Design of Experiments
  • IE 5344: Statistical Data Analysis
  • ME 5301: Analysis of Engineering Systems
  • MATH 5310: Principles of Classical Applied Analysis I
  • MATH 5330: Theory of Ordinary Differential Equations I
  • MATH 5332: Partial Differential Equations I
  • MATH 5334: Numerical Analysis I
  • MATH 5354: Biomathematics I
  • MATH 5355: Biomathematics II
  • ME 5301: Analysis of Engineering Systems
  • STAT 5384: Statistics for Engineers and Scientists I
  • STAT 5385: Statistics for Engineers and Scientists II
  • STAT 5373: Design of Experiments

Core Bioengineering Courses

All bioengineering students take at least three courses from the given list of core bioengineering courses.

Core Courses

  • ChE 5363: Biochemical Engineering
  • ChE 5364: Chemical Engineering Applications in Biological Systems
  • ChE 5366: Biomicrofluidics
  • ECE 5350: Introduction to Medical Instrumentation
  • ECE 5351: Biomedical Signal Processing
  • ECE 5352: Medical Imaging
  • ECE 5367: Image Processing
  • IE 5356: Biomedical Design and Manufacturing
  • ME 5356: Digital Human Modeling for Human –Centric Design

Additional Coursework

Thesis students take four additional graduate courses that meet with the advisor's approval. 

Non-thesis students take six additional graduate courses that meet the advisor's approval. 

The free electives are very diverse in nature. Students are encouraged to explore courses outside their specific backgrounds. Approval in advance by the advisor is required for each course selected under this category. Many courses have been pre-approved as free electives.

Elective Engineering Courses

  • Any remaining core bioengineering courses from the list above
  • CS 5331: Intelligent Planning and Diagnosis
  • CS 5341: Pattern Recognition
  • CS 5356: Advanced Database Management Systems
  • CS 5368: Intelligent Systems
  • CS 5388: Neural Networks
  • CS 5391: AI Robotics
  • CS 5392: Reinforcement Learning
  • CS 5393: Bioinformatics
  • ECE 5332: Acquisition and Processing of the EEG
  • ECE 5355: Genomic Signal Processing and Control
  • ECE 5356: Biosensors and Bioelectronics
  • ECE 5363: Pattern Recognition
  • ECE 5364: Digital Signal Processing
  • ECE 6360: Computer Vision and Image Reconstruction
  • ECE 6363: Advanced Pattern Recognition
  • IE 5301: Ergonomics and Design: Advanced Industrial Ergonomics
  • IE 5303: Work Physiology
  • IE 5304: Biomechanics and Work Physiology
  • IE 5309: Human Factors in Engineering and Design
  • IE 5331: Special Topics in IE: Healthcare Systems Engineering
  • ME 5340: Elasticity
  • ME 5360: Biofluid Mechanics
  • Other courses with advisor consent

Elective Non-Engineering Courses (five maximum)

  • BIOL 5302: Advanced Cell Biology
  • BIOL 5306: Advanced Cancer Biology
  • BTEC 5301: Introduction to Biotechnology
  • BTEC 5313 - Experimental Mass Spectrometry in Biotechnology
  • BTEC 5322 - Bioinformatics: Methodologies and Applications
  • BTEC 5333 - Advanced Bioinformatics
  • BTEC 5338: Methods in Biotechnology
  • CHEM 5320: Analytical Spectroscopy
  • CHEM 5331 - Biochemistry I
  • CHEM 5331 - Biochemistry II
  • CHEM 5332 - Biochemistry III
  • CHEM 5334: Principles of Biochemistry
  • CHEM 5335 – Physical Biochemistry
  • GEOL 5304: Techniques in Electron Microscopy and Microanalysis
  • MBIO 5403: Immunobiology

*Other courses with advisor consent



 Once you complete the intial application,you will recieve an email with a link to Recruiter,to ask you to log into recruiter to complete the application process.

For more information, or to get started in the program, contact:
Dr. Brandon Weeks