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Engineering: Biomedical and Bioengineering Focus

Katie Schenk - December 16, 2019

Biomedical and bioengineering MS programmes

Looking to further your career with a Master's in Bioengineering or a Master's in Biomedical engineering from a US university? 

This is your chance to learn about US salaries for these degrees and the master's programmes that can help you get there.

How much do biomedical engineers earn in the US?

According to PayScale.com, Master's of Science in Biomedical Engineering (MSBME) degree holders earn an average of $74,827.

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) puts that salary even higher with a 2018 median pay (across degrees) at $88,850 per year, with a mean annual salary of $95,090.

The industries with the highest salaries, according to the BLS, are:

  • Computer Systems Design and Related Services: $120,190
  • Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing: $112,410
  • Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing: $108,420
  • Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services: $106,490
  • Employment Services: $101,620

Where do bioengineers and biomedical engineers work in the US?

In case you’re wondering as you browse the employers that recruit MS and ME bioengineers and biomedical engineers on university campuses, the states employing the highest numbers of engineers in these fields are:

  • California
  • Massachusetts
  • Illinois
  • Pennsylvania
  • Minnesota

That might help you determine the best programme for your studies as you consider some of the top schools below.

Top bioengineering and biomedical engineering masters programmes in the US

Want to learn more about the top MS and Meng bioengineering and biomedical engineering programmes in the US? Take a look at their rankings, degrees, estimated cost of attendance and the companies recruiting on their campuses. 

Johns Hopkins University - Whiting School of Engineering

Baltimore, Maryland | Northeast

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 17
  • USNWR bioengineering department rank: 1
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $74,642
  • Degrees available
    • Master’s of Science and Engineering in Biomedical Engineering
  • Offers spring admissions.

Duke University - Pratt School of Engineering

Durham, North Carolina | South

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 24
  • USNWR bioengineering department rank: 3
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $79,830
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering

    • Master of Engineering in Biomedical Engineering

  • Offers spring admissions.
  • Take a look at companies recruiting Duke graduates.

Stanford University - Stanford School of Engineering

Stanford (San Francisco), California | West


University of California Berkeley - School of Engineering

Berkeley (San Francisco), California | West

University of California ​San Diego - Jacobs School of Engineering

San Diego, California | West

University of Pennsylvania - School of Engineering and Applied Science

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania | Northeast

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 17
  • USNWR bioengineering department rank: 5
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $80,206
  • Degrees available
    • MSE in Bioengineering

Boston University - College of Engineering

Boston, Massachusetts | Northeast

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 36
  • USNWR bioengineering department rank: 9
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $75,472
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering
    • Master of Engineering in Biomedical Engineering
  • Offers spring admissions.

University of Michigan Ann Arbor - College of Engineering

Ann Arbor, Michigan | Midwest

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 5
  • USNWR bioengineering department rank: 10
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $72,724
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering

Columbia University - The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science

New York, New York | Northeast

Rice University - George R. Brown School of Engineering

Houston, Texas | West

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 27
  • USNWR bioengineering department rank: 10
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $67,714
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Bioengineering (M.B.E.) 
  • Offers spring admissions.

University of Washington - College of Engineering

Seattle, Washington | West

Cornell University - College of Engineering

Ithaca, New York| Northeast

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 14
  • USNWR bioengineering department rank: 14
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $86,876
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Engineering in Biomedical Engineering (M.Eng.BME)
  • Offers spring admissions.

Northwestern University - Robert R. McCormick School of Engineering

Evanston (Chicago), Illinois| Midwest

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 20
  • USNWR bioengineering department rank: 14
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $83,098
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering

University of Minnesota Twin Cities - College of Science and Engineering

Minneapolis, Minnesota | Midwest

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 27
  • USNWR bioengineering department rank: 14
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $47,164
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering

University of Texas ​Austin - Cockrell School of Engineering

Austin, Texas| West

Case Western Reserve University - Case School of Engineering

Cleveland, Ohio | Midwest

Carnegie Mellon University - College of Engineering

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania | Midwest

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 4
  • USNWR bioengineering department rank: 22
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $73,861
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering
  • Offers spring admissions.

Vanderbilt University - School of Engineering

Nashville, Tennessee | South

University of Wisconsin ​Madison - College of Engineering

Madison, Wisconsin| Midwest

University of California ​Davis - College of Engineering

Davis (Sacramento), California | West

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 31
  • USNWR bioengineering department rank: 24
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $53,082
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering

University of Virginia - School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Charlottesville, Virginia | South

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 41
  • USNWR bioengineering department rank: 24
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $50,532
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering (MSBME)
    • Master of Engineering in Biomedical Engineering (MEBME)

Purdue University - College of Engineering

West Lafayette, Indiana| Midwest

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 8
  • USNWR bioengineering department rank: 28
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $44,908
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering (MSBME)
    • Dual degree MSBME/MBA
    • Dual degree MSBME/MD
  • Offers limited spring admissions.

University of California Los Angeles - Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science

Los Angeles, California | West

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 16
  • USNWR bioengineering department rank: 28
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $73,861
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Bioengineering
  • Take a look at UCLA Career Center partners.

University of Southern California - Viterbi School of Engineering

Los Angeles, California | West

University of Illinois Urbana-​Champaign - College of Engineering

Urbana, Illinois | Midwest

Yale University - School of Engineering and Applied Science

New Haven, Connecticut| Northeast

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 38
  • USNWR bioengineering department rank: 30
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $63,725
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering

University of Maryland ​College Park - A. James Clark School of Engineering

College Park (Washington DC), Maryland | Northeast

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 22
  • USNWR bioengineering department rank: 33
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $43,132
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Bioengineering
    • Master of Engineering in Bioengineering
  • Rarely offers spring admissions.
  • Take a look at companies recruiting Maryland graduates.

Pennsylvania State University University Park - College of Engineering

University Park, Pennsylvania | Northeast

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 35
  • USNWR bioengineering department rank: 33
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $54,000
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering 
  • Offers spring admissions.

University of California ​Irvine - Henry Samueli School of Engineering

Irvine (Los Angeles), California | West

University of Florida - Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering

Gainesville, Florida | South

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 45
  • USNWR bioengineering department rank: 33
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $48,234
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering (M.S.BME)
    • Master of Engineering in Biomedical Engineering (M.E.BME)
  • Offers spring admissions.

Texas A&M University - Dwight Look College of Engineering

College Station, Texas | West

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 15
  • USNWR bioengineering department rank: 38
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $40,672
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering (MSBME)
    • Master of Engineering in Biomedical Engineering (MEngBME)
  • Offers spring admissions.
  • Take a look at companies recruiting Texas A&M graduates.

Ohio State University - College of Engineering

Columbus, Ohio | Midwest

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute - School of Engineering

Troy, New York | Northeast

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 41
  • USNWR bioengineering department rank: 40
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $74,306
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering (MSBME)
    • Master of Biomedical Engineering (MEngBME)
  • Take a look at companies recruiting Rensselaer graduates.

Northeastern University - College of Engineering

Boston, Massachusetts | Northeast

University of Rochester - Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Rochester, New York | Northeast

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 45
  • USNWR bioengineering department rank: 45
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $80,180
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering

Brown University - School of Engineering

Providence, Rhode Island| Northeast

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 47
  • USNWR bioengineering department rank: 45
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $96,328
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering
  • Offers spring admissions.

Found the bioengineering programme you want to attend?

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Post updated for accuracy and freshness on December 16, 2019. Originally published on September 27, 2017.


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