MS MedTech Program
Our professional Master’s curriculum in MedTech Innovation + Entrepreneurship is an 11-month (early June to early May) 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 the development of commercialization strategies for innovative biomedical technologies.
Students receive mentorship from biotech entrepreneurs, legal scholars and venture partners.
This unique program leverages two world-class universities: NC State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Across both universities, we collaborate with 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 MedTech 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 MedTech program may do so through either campus equivalently.
MS in MedTech Innovation + Entrepreneurship degree applicants must submit the following:
- Transcript(s) documenting an undergraduate or graduate degree in engineering or quantitative science.
- A 2-3 page personal statement indicating why you are interested in the MS 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: The application deadline for Summer 2024 matriculation is February 14th, 2024. However, applications are considered on a rolling basis starting in early December. Applicants may be waitlisted if the enrollment cap is reached.
PROGRAM START: The program begins in the first full week of June. For the class of 2025, the program will begin in-person on June 3, 2024. Hospital credentialing will be completed prior to the first class meeting.
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 MedTech curriculum.
MS MedTech 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 for 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 MedTech program.