MD/MS in Biomedical Engineering

The Medical Doctor/Master of Science (MD/MS) in Biomedical Engineering is a five-year dual-degree program for medical students with background and interest in medical careers within biomedical engineering and healthcare.


This program prepares new physicians as opinion leaders and bridge builders between medicine and technology in the evolving biomedical engineering and healthcare industry, a field that applies high-tech research to improvements in health.

How it works

Students in the MD/MS program complete all requirements for both degrees in five years.

Years 1 and 2: MD first- and second-year curriculum.

Year 3: Biomedical Engineering (BME) MS curriculum.

  • Students may choose to complete either the Plan A (thesis) or Plan B (project) option for the MS degree.

  • Up to 12 credits from the MD curriculum may be counted toward the BME MS requirements as Biology and/or Free Electives. This allows students to complete and graduate with the MS degree in just one year.

Years 4 and 5: MD third- and fourth-year curriculum.

Prerequisites and admission criteria

To be considered for the MD/MS program, students must first be admitted to or enrolled in the University of Minnesota Medical School.

A baccalaureate degree in engineering or in a physical or biological science is required. Applicants with an engineering degree don’t need to complete any specific coursework prior to applying.

Applicants without an engineering degree must complete some prerequisite coursework, preferably before submitting the MD/MS application. Students can apply with prerequisite courses still in-progress, but be aware that the application decision will likely be delayed until final grades are posted. Non-engineers must meet both of these prerequisites:

  • Math coursework through Calculus I, Calculus II, Linear Algebra, and Differential Equations.

  • At least one year of college-level physics, preferably calculus-based.

How to apply

Interested students must first apply to the University of Minnesota Medical School.

Students may then submit the online MD/MS application any time through March 31 of their second year in the University of Minnesota’s MD program.

MD admissions decisions are determined by the Medical School. Individuals who are admitted to the MD program are then eligible to be considered for the MD/MS dual-degree program by the MD/MS Advisory Council. The Council is comprised of faculty from the College of Science and Engineering and the Medical School.

Applicants will be notified of their MD/MS status no later than April 15 of their second year in the MD program.

Financial support

Students admitted to the MD/MS program will be awarded a Scott D. and Susan D. Augustine Biomedical Engineering Research Fellowship during their year of MS matriculation.

The 12-month fellowship, administered by the University's Institute for Engineering in Medicine, provides:

  • A stipend.

  • Health benefits.

  • Full tuition coverage.

Up to three students may be supported on the Augustine Fellowship in a given year.