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Bioengineering (M.S.)

Master of Science in Bioengineering

Bioengineering is a growth industry in Ohio. You can help fill the need for bioengineers with a master's degree in bioengineering from the University of Dayton, a collaboration between the School of Engineering and the College of Arts and Sciences.

Explore the production of electricity from microbes. Improve power production and miniaturization in microbial fuel cells. These two related areas show the enormous global power production breakthroughs bioengineering specialists like you could make in the near future. 

Career Outlook and Highlights 

  • Employment is projected to grow 23 percent from 2014 to 2024.
  • We offer state-of-the-art laboratories, including the Tissue Regeneration and Engineering at Dayton (TREND) Lab and the Nanoscale Engineering, Science and Technology (NEST) Lab.
  • Our regional partners include: Kettering Medical Center (biomedical imaging and orthopedics) and Grandview Medical Center (biomaterials)
  • We conduct over $18 million in bioscience and bioengineering research and participate in the Ohio Board of Regents Economic Growth Challenge/Innovation Incentive Program, which supports our bioscience and bioengineering research.

Areas of Research

  • Biomolecular engineering
  • Bioenergy & biofuels
  • Biomaterial development
  • Drug delivery & pharmacokinetics
  • Evaluation of nanomaterial safety
  • Generation of enhanced cellular models

Plan of Study

To learn more about the available courses and to view a sample plan of study, please reference our Academic Catalog.

A minimum of 30 semester hours. 

  • 12 semester hours — bioengineering core classes
  • 6 semester hours — select bioengineering emphasis of choice: biomaterials/biomechanics, bioprocess, biosystems
  • 6 semester hours — engineering or basic science electives from current course offerings 
  • 6 semester hours — research on a bioengineering thesis. (With student request and adviser or department chair approval, 6 thesis hours can replace 6 hours of coursework plus 3 hours of project.) Student takes a required oral exam upon completion of thesis or project.

Program Details

An accredited, comprehensive program that delivers the principles and hands-on methods that are fundamental to the bioengineering profession. Our broad spectrum of courses maximizes your career options and provides flexibility to concentrate in your area of interest. 

A partnership between the School of Engineering and the College of Arts and Sciences, you will have the opportunity to work with some of the best scholars from across disciplines as you pursue your master's degree in bioengineering at the University of Dayton.

Admission Requirements

In addition to the online application, you should submit the following:

  1. Official academic records of all previously attended colleges or universities must be submitted directly from the colleges or universities to the Office of Graduate Admission Processing. Hand-carried transcripts, official copies marked 'Issued to Student' and unofficial copies are not acceptable.
  2. Three letters of recommendation from professors or employers.
  3. A personal statement or résumé.
  4. GRE results are required.

Applicants must have an undergraduate degree from an accredited program in engineering, physics, chemistry, applied mathematics or other appropriate program of study. Applicants with a different undergraduate degree may be required to complete prerequisites. Applicants should have at least a 3.0 cumulative grade-point average on a 4.0 scale. Some programs require higher GPAs for admission. In some cases, applicants with a GPA below 3.0 may be admitted on a conditional basis.

Additional requirements apply for international students.

Application Deadlines

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis with the following approximate general deadlines:

  • Fall Term: June 15th
  • Spring Term: November 15th
  • Summer Term: March 15th

Please contact your department chair to follow up on exact deadlines.

Bachelor's Plus Master's Program

The School of Engineering Bachelor's Plus Master's (BPM) Program encourages high-performing UD undergraduate students to continue their studies and complete a Master's Degree at UD. Earn your Master's degree in an accelerated program and enjoy a deeply discounted graduate tuition rate!


Bioengineering Graduate Program, Dr. Kristen Krupa, Director

Kettering Laboratories
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 0256