Master of Science in Bioengineering - Portland

Program Overview

The Master of Science in Bioengineering at the Roux Institute focuses on using engineering principles to model and understand complex biological systems in health and disease, using mathematical and computational tools applied to diverse experimental and clinical data. The program teaches in-demand skills in data and system science and how to apply them to emergent fields in bioengineering.

Topics covered include probability theory, stochastic processes, statistical physics, statistical inference, dynamical and stochastic modeling, execution and analysis of quantitative experimentation, dynamical systems, machine learning, and control and information theory.

These techniques are taught in the context of medical applications in cardiology, neurology, and critical care medicine, and biological applications such as gene regulation, differentiation and cancer, epigenetics, the microbiome, and memory and learning.

  • Portland


  • Full-Time


  • 18-24 months

    Duration of Program

Program Objectives

Students will complete 32 semester hours, including a rigorous core curriculum in basic bioengineering science followed by completion of the chosen immersion track curriculum.

The core curriculum focuses on the variety of topics needed for students to compete internationally within the bioengineering field. Concentrations allow students to closely affiliate with a group of faculty, led by Rai Winslow, whose research is clustered around precision medicine.

Unique Features

  • Learn computational medicine from its core theoretical principles to its practical application.
  • Study the use of real-world clinical data sets to solve important health care problems.
  • Receive real-world training on the applications of statistical modeling and engineering approaches to precision medicine.
  • Gain the ability to pursue either a research or industry co-op in precision medicine.

Career Outlook

Biology has already become a computational discipline, and medicine is following. For someone to be relevant in the coming era of biomedicine, it’s necessary to understand how to formulate a wide range of biological systems models that relate phenotype to function in both health and disease.

  • This is a rapidly growing sector of the engineering profession.
  • Biomedical advances are increasingly dependent on quantitative approaches exemplified by our bioengineering program. Recent high-profile reports on the high rate of failures in artificial hips—along with the rising demand for more sophisticated and cost-effective medical equipment and procedures—only furthers the demand for biomedical engineers.
  • The convergence of advanced materials, genome-wide informatics, and ever-expanding computational power is producing a strong foundation for the design and fabrication of biomedical devices. Single-cell technologies combined with additive manufacturing techniques make possible novel tissue-on-a-chip platforms for pharmaceutical testing.

Scholarships and aid



Estimated Total Tuition

This is an estimate based on the tuition rates for Academic Year 2022-2023 and does not include any fees or other expenses. Some courses and labs have tuition rates that may increase or decrease total tuition. Tuition and fees are subject to revision by the president and Board of Trustees at any time. For more detailed information, please visit Student Financial Services.

Generous scholarships

The Roux Institute is currently offering generous scholarships to meet the financial needs of all students through its Alfond Scholars Initiative. Each award is determined by an individual assessment. And Northeastern alumni receive a Double Husky Scholarship —a tuition discount of 25 percent.

Learn more about the Alfond Scholars Initiative

Corporate tuition benefits

Many employers subsidize education for their employees. Speak with yours about any tuition benefits your company may offer.

Special military scholarships

For military veterans and servicemembers, a limited number of donor-funded scholarships are available even after all other aid has been awarded to help with commuting costs, childcare, and other costs of living.

Learn more about military scholarships

Federal aid

You can apply for federal aid grants and loans through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA.

Learn about the FAFSA

Admission Requirements

  • Completed online application form
  • $75 application fee
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Transcripts from all institutions attended
  • GRE is not required for terms starting during the 2021-2022 or the 2022-2023 academic years
  • Undergraduate degree in engineering, physics, mathematics or other quantitative field
  • Statement of purpose
  • Resumé
  • TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo for international applicants

Admission Dates

Applications received after the stated deadline dates will be accepted and processed as quickly as possible; however it may not be possible to have a decision rendered in time for the applicant to begin taking classes for the desired term if admitted.

Applications submitted by the referenced dates will receive full consideration for the referenced term. Applications received after the referenced dates will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

  • International student deadline outside the US: June 1
  • International student deadline inside the US: July 1
  • Domestic student deadline: August 1
  • International student deadline outside the US: September 15
  • International student deadline inside the US: November 1
  • Domestic student deadline: December 1

Program Curriculum

Please view the Course Catalog for information regarding the program curriculum.

Experiential Learning

Northeastern combines rigorous academics with experiential learning and research to prepare students for real-world engineering challenges. The cooperative education program, also known as co-op, is one of the largest and most innovative in the world, and Northeastern is one of only a few that offers a co-op program for graduate students. Through this program, students gain professional industry experience in their field of interest as part of the academic curriculum while employed from four to eight months in a wide variety of organizations, from large companies to entrepreneurial startups.
In 2019, the Graduate School of Engineering placed nearly 1000 students in co-op positions. We have a team that prepares students for the cooperative education experience through resumé building, developing interview skills, and guiding professional development.

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