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The Graduate School at Cornell University is organized into more than 100 Graduate Fields of study, which are independent of traditional college and department divisions. Each Graduate Field draws faculty members from several colleges and departments, enabling graduate students to interact with faculty members from a wide range of disciplines. 

M.Eng Program

Cornell's Master of Engineering (M.Eng) programs are focused on engineering practice and design. They are based on a combination of courses and a design project. Application to any of these programs is made through the Graduate School at Cornell University.

The Meinig School's M.Eng. program has several components designed to ensure that each student has broad knowledge of BME as well as focused expertise in a particular area of BME. A total of 30 credits are required. Requirements for all students are a 6 credit project (which is counted in the 30 credits), a course focused on design in the context of BME (3 credits), and participation in a School seminar (1 credit). In addition, each student individually chooses four courses (12 credits) distributed across three broad technical areas to provide a breadth of experience to complement the depth experience of the project. The remaining credits are individually selected technical electives that can come from a wide range of Colleges, including the S. C. Johnson Graduate School of Management.

For students with an undergraduate degree in Engineering or Physical and Computer Sciences, the M.Eng program usually requires two semesters of study. We require all students to take at least one college biology course before matriculating. Depending on an individual student's preparation, it may be necessary to take BME and advanced biology courses as technical electives. The curriculum is available here.

Select students with other types of undergraduate degrees are admitted to the M.Eng program. Such students must have four semesters of college mathematics (Univariate Calculus, Multivariate Calculus, Linear Algebra, and Differential Equations) and two semesters of calculus-based Physics before matriculation. In addition, a group of four core undergraduate engineering courses in either chemical, mechanical, materials, or electrical engineering is required. The four-course core can be taken at any ABET accredited institution. If the four-course core is taken at Cornell as a part of the M.Eng program, then the program typically requires three rather than two semesters of study. The curriculum is available here.

For outstanding students with interests in business as well as engineering, Cornell University offers a combined MBA/M.Eng. program. Please see the description at the S.C. Johnson Graduate School of Management website.

Students completing the M.Eng. program have many options such as industry (everything from large pharmaceutical firms to entrepreneurial startups), medical school, Ph.D. programs, and a variety of other opportunities.

M.S. and Ph.D. Program

Cornell offers Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) and Master of Science (M.S.) programs in biomedical engineering through the Graduate Field of Biomedical Engineering. Application to these programs is made through the Graduate School at Cornell University. Students whose ultimate degree objective is a Ph.D. are encouraged to apply directly to the Ph.D. program since an M.S. degree is not a requirement for a Ph.D. degree. Students interested in an M.S. degree are encouraged to consider the M.Eng. degree which includes important design experience that is not emphasized in the M.S. program.

Grounded in the university's rich, interdisciplinary culture, the research of the Graduate Field of Biomedical Engineering is organized in six focus areas:

To prepare students to work in the rapidly changing field of biomedical engineering, the programs focus on developing intellectual breadth in the many aspects of biomedical engineering, as well as depth in one particular area of biomedical engineering. Throughout their program, students work closely with biological and clinical scientists as well as with engineers, integrate knowledge from a broad range of fields to synthesize solutions, and use their technical problem-solving skills to translate ideas into needed products. The experience in team work is critical to future success in industry, government, or academia.

Students have a wide choice of faculty thesis advisors. Each student follows an individualized program created in consultation with a thesis committee selected by the student and the student's thesis advisor. Requirements imposed on Ph.D. students by the Graduate Field of Biomedical Engineering are minimal: three courses, the Clinical Immersion Term at Weill Cornell Medical College, and participation in a departmental seminar. While the majority of students perform their thesis research in laboratories in Ithaca, performing thesis research in laboratories in New York City is possible and pursued by a minority of students. All Ph.D. students are fully funded (tuition, stipend, and health insurance).  All Ph.D. students also spend a minimum of one semester serving as a teaching assistant.

The goal of the program is to educate future research leaders in Biomedical Engineering. After completing the degree, students undertake careers in a wide range of settings such as universities, corporations, nonprofits, and government organizations, to name a few.