Master of Engineering in Biomedical Engineering

If you are a biomedical engineer who has just finished your undergraduate degree or who has been in the field for a few years, and you want to apply your skills to developing products and processes in the private sector, then our 15-month BME M.E. is the program for you.

A Distinctive Experience

UVA’s Master of Engineering in Biomedical Engineering brings together a number of advantages to create a uniquely powerful educational experience. You will experience all these opportunities in the context of instruction and mentorship from faculty at one of the most translational biomedical engineering departments in the nation.

  • Unmatched Clinical Exposure

    The BME Department is co-located in the midst of a regional medical center with a series of top-ranked programs.

    While the Department of Biomedical Engineering has close ties with other disciplines at UVA Engineering, it has the added advantage of being co-located in the midst of a large regional medical center with top-ranked programs in a wide range of clinical specialties. You will observe UVA physicians, nurses and technical staff in the operating room as well as at the bedside, gaining in-depth understanding of the way biomedical technology is embedded in clinical practice as well as the clinical, economic and social factors that will shape its development going forward.

  • An Exceptional Faculty

    You will gain a window into the future of biomedical technology by interacting with faculty at the forefront of their fields.

    UVA is highly regarded as a leading biomedical engineering program. You will gain a window into the future of biomedical technology when you interact with faculty members who are advancing the boundaries of knowledge in such fields as medical imaging, biomanufacturing, biomedical data sciences, and cancer and vascular diseases.

  • Our Deep Emphasis on Translation

    Our faculty lead start-ups and have relationships with major biomedical and pharmaceutical companies.

    Moving technology into the marketplace has long been a department priority. Our faculty lead start-ups and cultivate relationships with major companies like AstraZeneca, our Coulter Translational Research Partnership program is one of the most active in the nation and the University’s Licensing & Ventures Group has an impressive record of bringing innovations discovered at UVA into the marketplace. As a student in the Master of Engineering program, you’ll have the perfect vantage point to acquire skills in the end-to-end process of developing and commercializing biomedical innovations.

  • An Extensive Cross-Grounds Network

    The curriculum includes faculty participation from the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Arts & Sciences.

    UVA is the ideal size for a research university: large enough to support world-class programs yet small enough that collaboration comes naturally. As a result, you will be exposed to a broad range of skills and perspectives, thanks to the participation in the BME Master of Engineering program by faculty from the Schools of Medicine, Nursing and Architecture as well as from the College of Arts & Sciences.

  • A Exceptional Data Science Program

    You’ll gain an understanding of machine learning, large data management and database systems in the context of biomedical product and process development.

    Unlike most university data science centers, which are based in computer science departments, UVA’s Data Science Institute serves the entire University. As a result, you’ll gain an understanding of machine learning, large data management and database systems as they specifically apply to biomedical product and process development. An added plus: Philip Bourne, the institute’s director, is a former associate director for data science at the National Institutes of Health and is a member of the Department of Biomedical Engineering.

  • Focus on Design

    Through the Architecture School’s Center for Design and Health, you will gain skills in such techniques as empathizing, ideation and prototyping.

    Methodologies like Agile, Lean and Design Thinking have overturned the orthodoxies that governed product development for decades. Through the Design + initiative in the School of Architecture and its Center for Design and Health, you will gain skills in such techniques as empathizing, ideation and prototyping, knowledge that you will immediately put into practice as you pursue your own design project.

Position Yourself for Leadership

The University of Virginia’s Master of Engineering in Biomedical Engineering has been carefully conceived to give you the precise set of skills and hands-on experiences you’ll need to build a successful private-sector career in biomedical product and process development. This includes immersion in the day-to-day clinical activities of a major regional medical center, intensive training in the biomedical data sciences and a deep dive into the kind of design thinking that has revolutionized product development.

A Carefully Staged Curriculum

The Master of Engineering is a 30-graded-credit-hour, 15-month program beginning each fall. It has been carefully structured to take you step-by-step through the process of developing your own solution, either as an individual or part of a team, to a clinical challenge that you identify. It includes a series of required courses as well as a number of electives, both in BME and in other disciplines, that you can choose to support your project.

Housed in An Outstanding Biomedical Engineering Program

The Department of Biomedical Engineering is one of the most dynamic at the University of Virginia. Our faculty lead major university-wide centers and initiatives, including the Data Science Institute, the Center for Engineering in Medicine, the Coulter Translational Research Partnership, the Center for Advanced Biomanufacturing and the Fibrosis Initiative. 

Leadership That Makes a Difference

Program Director Jonathan Rosen’s broad set of credentials ensures the relevancy of the program. He holds an MBA in strategic planning as well as a doctorate in biomaterials science. During a three-decade corporate career in medical devices, he was chief technology officer for Johnson & Johnson’s Surgical Division and founded four start-ups. Since that time, he has taught for MIT, Harvard and Boston University, where he created its Master of Engineering in Biomedical Engineering.

Take the First Step to a More Satisfying Career: Contact Us Now!

To learn more about the Master of Engineering and how to apply, contact the Professor of the Practice and Director of Professional Studies Jonathan Rosen at jjr7mg@virginia.edu.

BME-ME Program Leadership

  • Jonathan J. Rosen, PhD

    Professor of the Practice and Director of Professional Studies


    Dr. Jonathan Rosen joined the Biomedical Engineering faculty to offer BME Master of Engineering students an enriched and expanded graduate biomedical educational experience. Contact him by email to see if this program is a good fit for your goals and objectives: jjr7mg@virginia.edu.

    Dr. Jonathan Rosen
  • Kimberly Fitzhugh-Higgins

    Graduate Student Coordinator


    Kim helps BME grad students get the most out of their time at UVA. Contact her with nearly any question... but especially questions about program logistics, academic milestone, the application process, and the student experience: kaf5r@virginia.edu.