MS in Biological Engineering

Admission Contact Information

256 William Stringer Wing
Columbia, MO 65211-5160
(573) 882-4113

Admission Criteria

  • Fall deadline: N/A
  • Minimum GPA: 3.0 in the last 60 hours
  • BS in engineering from an accredited university or equivalent experience
  • Minimum Academic IELTS score:
Item Score
  • Minimum TOEFL scores:
Internet-based test (iBT) Paper-based test (PBT)
80 550
  • Minimum GRE scores:
When did you take the GRE? Verbal + Quantitative Analytical
Prior to August 1, 2011 1100 4.0
On or After August 1, 2011 301 4.0

Required Application Materials

Prospective students first contact the BE department to receive instructions on the documents needed for a complete application packet.

To the Graduate School:

  • All required Graduate School documents
  • Official transcripts
  • TOEFL scores
  • GRE scores

To the Master’s BE Program:
256 William Stringer Wing
Columbia, MO 65211-5160
(573) 882-4113

Financial Aid from the Program

Some programs require an extra form or statement from those who wish to be considered for internal assistantships, fellowships or other funding packages. Check the program Web site or ask the program contact for details.

Graduation Requirements: Master of Science and Master of Engineering in Biological Engineering

Students without a BS in engineering will be required to complete additional courses in mathematics, basic sciences and engineering science. Students with engineering degrees other than biological engineering should meet certain proficiency requirements.

The Biological Engineering Program requires a minimum of 36 semester hours beyond the baccalaureate degree for the ME and MS non-thesis (MSNT) degrees and a minimum of 30 semester hours for the MS thesis (MST) degree. If approved by the student's Master's Program Committee, this may include up to six hours of graduate credit transferred from another university or from another campus of the MU system.

In general, the Graduate School does not accept correspondence or extension course credit earned at any other campus. However, a student may take up to eight hours of correspondence courses that are authorized for graduate credit and offered through Mizzou Online. Courses to be taken for graduate credit must be approved by the Graduate Dean, and the enrollment form has a place designated for the Graduate Dean's signature. See for more information on distance education opportunities.

As a minimum, the Master's Program of Study should include the following:

BIOL_EN 8402 Research Methods (2 s.h.)

BIOL_EN 8087 Seminar in Biological Engineering (1 s.h.)

Statistics (3 credits)

BIOL_EN 8990 Masters Thesis Research in Biological Engineering (3 credits maximum for ME and MSNT degrees and 6 credits minimum for MST degree)

Two to four 8000 level courses (two for MST degree, three for MSNT degree and four for ME degree), at least 6 credit hours must come from Biological Engineering. Readings or Problems cannot be used to satisfy this requirements.

Additional hours may come from Biological Engineering courses numbered 7000 or above or courses from other MU departments numbered 7000 or above. Classes chosen to fill the plan of study may include those needed to fulfill proficiency areas if they are taken for graduate credit. Other courses should be chosen to strengthen the student's ability to do research in their specific area.