Biomedical Engineering

Students looking at xrays
Master of Science

About the Program

Among the first of its kind in the world, Case Western Reserve University's Department of Biomedical Engineering bridges the gap between medicine and engineering. The department, which is shared among our highly ranked School of Medicine and Case School of Engineering, consistently is a top biomedical engineering program for graduate studies. Our research is at the heart of a vibrant medical community, including top-ranked hospitals (Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals and the Louis Stokes VA Medical Center) and more than 150 medical and bioscience companies. In fact, our Biomedical Engineering Alliance with Cleveland Clinic makes us one of the largest biomedical engineering enterprises in the nation—giving you unparalleled opportunities to conduct cutting-edge research.

What to Expect

Through our extensive research collaborations at the university and across Cleveland, plus rigorous classroom and hands-on learning opportunities, you'll gain a deep understanding of biomedical engineering. You'll gain a foundation in both biomedical and engineering coursework through core classes that will teach you how to adapt to today's biomedical engineering research environment. Plus, our graduate students complete teaching assistantships and two semesters of biomedical engineering seminars—helping you gain critical communication skills and stay up-to-date on current topics.

You also can specialize your studies in one of several biomedical research concentrations:

  • biomaterials,
  • imaging,
  • biomedical sensing,
  • analytics and health informatics,
  • neural engineering,
  • biomechanical systems and
  • cardiovascular systems.
"You have direct access to world renowned researchers and their entire network. You don’t really find that at other places."

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Beyond the Classroom

With our location in both the engineering and medical schools, our Biomedical Engineering Alliance with Cleveland Clinic, and our home in Cleveland—a hub for healthcare and biotech firms—you'll have ample opportunity to conduct research in your areas of interest. 

Some of our researchers' projects—on which graduate students regularly contribute—include:

  • Restoring a sense of touch for people who have lost limbs;
  • Using artificial intelligence, big data analytics and computational imaging to personalize treatment strategies for patients;
  • Developing brain-computer interface technologies to restore the communication, mobility, and independence of people with neurologic disease, injury, or limb loss;
  • Creating models of human performance though participation in clinical trials and sensor analytics; and
  • Developing freeze-dried artificial platelets that can treat bleeding in wounded soldiers in the battlefield before they can be taken to a hospital.

By the Numbers


faculty are fellows at the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering, representing the top 2% of the profession


in National Institutes of Health funding and awards (Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research, 2020)


million in current grants


developer of spinal cord stimulation for pain relief and the respiratory implant


affiliated Centers and Institutes


 Biomedical engineering master’s program, U.S. News and World Report


  • Online application (applications are processed through the Case Western Reserve University School of Graduate Studies)
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum GPA of 3.0 (most students admitted have a BS or MS in engineering, natural sciences or mathematical sciences)
  • Graduate courses (if applicable) should average at least a B+
  • Mathematical background: calculus through differential equations courses
  • Science and engineering background: combined total of three years of physical, chemical and engineering sciences
  • GRE test scores preferred (but not required) for 2021 admissions; there is no clear cut-off for GRE scores
  • TOEFL score of at least 100* for all non-native-English-speaking applicants, unless you have earned a bachelor's or master's degree from an English-speaking university

*Please note: All TOEFL and GRE scores, GPAs and recommendation letters are reviewed in the context of the entire application package. As is the case with exception GRE scores, GPAs and recommendation letters, scores of 90 and above will be considered.

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