Biomedical Engineering, MD

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Master of Science, Doctor of Medicine

About the Program

Medicine is undergoing substantial transformations, thanks to rapid advances in science and technology. With a Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering and a Doctor of Medicine from Case Western Reserve University, one of the nation’s top research universities, you’ll be prepared to lead in the development and clinical deployment of new medical technology. 

Designed for medical students in either our University Program or Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, this dual-degree program will prepare you to partner with others on technology-based translational research teams. 

You’ll come away from our program prepared for careers in the biomedical engineering field—as a biomaterials developer, manufacturing engineer, independent consultant, doctor, biomedical scientist and more.

What to Expect

Among the first of its kind in the world, Case Western Reserve’s Department of Biomedical Engineering bridges the gap between medicine and engineering. The department, which is shared between our highly ranked School of Medicine and Case School of Engineering, consistently is a top biomedical engineering program for graduate studies. 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.

As the department continues to evolve to match the recent accelerated pace of biomedical engineering developments, our students are working alongside our faculty to conduct interdisciplinary research. And, because of our strong integration with the biomedical engineering industry in Cleveland and beyond, you’ll have many opportunities for sponsored research and industrial training activities.

As a student, you’ll attend monthly seminars focusing on the integration of engineering and medicine, with the opportunity to present your own research and to hear and interact with other presenters.

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Beyond the Classroom

Extend your training beyond traditional classroom and laboratory settings through independent readings and research projects. You can enhance your resume and reinforce what you learn by working in a research lab, serving as a teaching assistant or taking part in hands-on opportunities. With close proximity to world-renowned hospitals including Cleveland Clinic, Louis Stokes VA Medical Center, MetroHealth Medical Center and University Hospitals, you'll have your choice of ways to volunteer, shadow and connect with the local health care community.

In addition to being a health care hub, Cleveland is known for its wide array of job opportunities and its culture, food, and low cost of living. And Case Western Reserve is situated in the heart of University Circle, one of the city’s most energetic and culturally robust communities. From our campus, you’re just a short walk to some of Cleveland’s most outstanding destinations—the world-renowned Cleveland Orchestra, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland Botanical Garden, Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, and Cleveland Museum of Natural History.

By the Numbers


research centers


million in current departmental grants


medical and bioscience companies in Cleveland 


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

Admission Requirements

Medical students in the University Program or Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine are invited to apply to the MD/MS dual degree program in their first year of medical school. If you’re ready to apply, please submit your application through the Department of Biomedical Engineering, as the department takes responsibility for program management. 

You should submit your medical school application instead of a separate graduate school application, including MCAT scores instead of GRE scores. The application should include a letter specifying your intended track, the department/major field designation, and a statement of purpose for seeking the combined degree.

The application process also requires:

  • Online application, including a personal statement
  • $50 application fee
  • Bachelor’s and/or master’s degree from an accredited institution (either already complete, or will be complete before you enroll)
  • Unofficial transcripts
  • Current resume/CV
  • List of research experience (optional)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • International applicants: Results of TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE

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