Wilkes University

Bioengineering, MS

Jar of chemicals in a science lab.

The master of science degree in Bioengineering combines engineering concepts with biology, medicine, and computer sciences to teach students how to develop new medical devices and biochemical or synthetic organisms for solving medical, industrial, or environmental problems.

Our curriculum offers two concentrations

Biomedical Engineering

Biomedical engineers design artificial limbs, joints, tissues, and organs as well as build diagnostic equipment, monitoring devices, and drug delivery systems.

Synthetic Biology

Synthetic biologists create biological molecules, systems, or entire organisms, which are useful for medical applications or for performing unique functions such as detecting or detoxifying biohazardous chemicals.

Key features:

  • 36-credit program
  • Genuine research-intensive experiences including project-based coursework and a thesis option
  • Affordable tuition
  • Hands-on learning in laboratories or using simulation and computation equipment

Hands-on learning

Wilkes University engineers benefit from hands-on experiences unparalleled at other institutions in the region. Lab and classroom instruction includes training in cell and molecular techniques, bioinformatics, 3-D imaging and design software and instrumentation, and various simulation technologies. Take a video tour of our labs.

Admission Requirements

Biomedical engineering is designed for students with bachelor's degrees in physics or electrical, materials, or mechanical engineering. Synthetic biology is designed for students with bachelor's degrees in a life-science discipline and also requires two semesters of calculus and physics.

Applicants must submit

  • an online application
  • Two letters of reference from scientists or engineers
  • Official undergraduate transcripts.

International students must also submit

  • a statement of financial guarantee
  • a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score, in addition to the previously listed requirements.

More Information on International Applications

Tuition and Schedule

Tuition for the 2020-21 academic year is $1,100 per credit plus applicable University Fees as designated by course (subject to change). Each semester’s course schedule can be found on the main University calendar.

Graduate Assistantships

A limited number of graduate assistantships may be available for full-time students. Assistantships provide a unique opportunity in which students work in an academic department while pursuing a master’s degree. Compensation varies by position, but can include tuition assistance and/or room and board.

For more information, contact:
Kristin Donati, Associate Director of Graduate Admissions
(800) WILKES-U Ext. 3338
(570) 408-3338