Biomedical Engineering

Master of Science in Engineering with a concentration in tissue engineering and regeneration medicine

Study the molecular, cellular and biochemical aspects of the body and learn to apply engineering principles to the design and development of solutions to problems like:

  • Growing replacement blood vessels, tendons or ligaments in a lab so vascular surgeons don’t need to remove healthy tissue from another part of a patient’s body
  • Growing muscle tissue in a lab to treat patients with severe traumatic muscular injury (like those seen in combat veterans)
  • Growing a miniature “liver-in-a-dish” useful for screening for drug toxicities without the use of laboratory animals
  • Modulating the body’s immune system response to accept implanted biomaterials and engineered tissues

The VCU College of Engineering master’s in engineering with a concentration in tissue engineering and regeneration medicine will explore cutting-edge technologies while also giving you the opportunity to  develop innovative solutions to challenging engineering problems. We are among the best graduate programs in the nation as ranked by U.S. News and World Report. Combined with our industry connections and access to Richmond-area businesses, VCU Engineering is a solid choice for your continuing education.

What you’ll learn

Our 30-credit program can be completed in about two years by full-time students and allows you to specialize in areas like:

  • Biomaterials design and development
  • Cellular and molecular engineering
  • Lab-on-a-chip and organ-on-a-chip technologies
  • Musculoskeletal tissue engineering
  • Immuno-engineering

You will develop advanced analytical, experimental and technical skills in both the biological and engineering sciences, including molecular, cellular and biochemical processes, thermodynamics; material science; polymer science; and microfabrication. This will be complemented by a focus on communication, key to the development of your leadership potential through cross-team collaboration and information sharing. By applying creativity to form innovative solutions, VCU Engineering master’s program students will use their knowledge to solve biomedical problems to meet the needs of our changing society and advance the quality of human life.

Application Requirements

VCU offers an online self-managed application process. This information outlines items needed to apply for a graduate program with the VCU College of Engineering. Additional information is listed on the Office of Admissions and International Admissions webpages.

Program-specific information can be found in the University Bulletin and additional inquiries can be made to the respective Graduate Program Directors listed below, or to the Office of Graduate Studies

Application materials include:

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