Master of Science Program
About M.S. Biomedical Engineering – Translation Innovation and Entrepreneurship (MS-TraIn)
Our professional Master’s curriculum is an 11-month (Summer II, Fall, Spring) program for students interested in acquiring the skills necessary to lead biomedical-related early stage ventures or to drive new product development in healthcare industries.
Our curriculum utilizes clinical immersion to identify healthcare innovation opportunities, teaches path-to-market concepts, including regulatory aspects unique to medical devices and pharmaceuticals, and facilitates development of commercialization strategies for innovative biomedical technologies.
Students receive mentorship from biotech entrepreneurs, legal scholars and venture partners.
Location! Location! Location! Our program leverages two world class universities, the NC State College of Engineering, the UNC School of Medicine, the NC State Poole College of Management, the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, the NC State College of Veterinary Medicine and the emerging biotech industry in Research Triangle Park.
Because our department is truly joint and BME Graduate degrees are from both universities, applications to the MS-TraIn program submitted through UNC and NC State graduate schools are processed identically. All applications, regardless of submission origin, are evaluated equally by the Joint graduate admissions committee and the Joint Department’s graduate faculty. Therefore, students submitting applications to the MS-TraIn program may do so through either campus equivalently.
MS-TraIn degree applicants must submit the following:
- Transcript(s) documenting an undergraduate or graduate degree in engineering or a quantitative science.
- Scores from the GRE general exam taken within the last five years. UNC institution code: #5816. NC STate institution code: #5496.
- A 2-3 page personal statement indicating why you are interested in the M.S. program focusing on innovation and entrepreneurship in biomedical engineering and its potential benefit to you and your career.
- Three recommendation letters that discuss your potential for graduate study.
- TOEFL scores (international applicants only).
ADMISSIONS DEADLINE: All materials must be received by March 30, 2021 for the June 28, 2021 start date.
Our 30-hour curriculum features three cornerstone courses, BME 501, BME 502 and BME 503, in which students work in teams to discover unmet clinical needs (BME 501), design, prototype and test solutions (BME 502), and develop operating strategies to launch a new product (BME 503). In addition to these courses, students gain additional design and regulatory expertise in BME 551 and BEC 575. The curriculum also includes three MBA courses which teach technology valuation, new venture analysis and developing a business plan. Download the MS TraIn curriculum.
MS-TraIn students spend 100+ hours in hospitals and clinics in the Triangle area (mainly during the Needs Discovery phase). Prior to clinical immersion, students must be fully “credentialed.” This includes providing a complete record of immunizations, passing a drug test and a criminal background check. The drug test and criminal background check will be initiated by the department when a student registers in the program. The immunization record must be supplied by the student. The student is also responsible for completing any additional vaccines as mandated by the hospital clinical coordinator. There are no exceptions to these requirements. Students not completing the credentialing process will not be allowed in the hospitals as part of the MS-TraIn program.
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