Degree Requirements

Master's Degree

The Master of Science Degree in BME is achieved by completing the Core Course and Track/Specialization Requirements. The program study can be chosen from any of the following approved tracks/specializations: General, Biomechanics, Biosignals, Medical Physics, or Molecular Bioengineering. The General program of study can be custom tailored in consultation with your faculty advisor/mentor to accommodate almost any BME area of interest. The Core Courses that all new graduate students must take are as follows: BME 501: Engineering Principles in Cell and Molecular Biology, BME 502: Advanced Numerical Methods, BME 505: Principles and Practices of BME, BME 520: Lab Rotation I, BME 521: Lab Rotation II and BME 509 Fundamentals of Bioscience Industry. BME 509 can be substituted with one of the graduate MBA course (501-507, 511 or 589). A given track/specialization will have additional requirements, which includes a minimum of six technical elective courses (at least three BME graduate courses). Students must maintain an overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better and must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or better for all core courses.

Thesis or Non-Thesis Options. The student has the option of earning the Master of Science Degree in BME on either a thesis or non-thesis track. The non-thesis option is recommended for students who wish to pursue a career in industry that does not involve Research & Development (R&D). The thesis option is recommended for students who will be continuing on for their doctoral degree and for students who wish to pursue an industrial career with an R&D focus. If non-thesis, the student can generally complete the requirements in three full-time academic semesters. In the thesis option, in addition to the general requirements, the student must complete at least 6 credits of thesis research (BME 599), and submit and defend a written thesis. Generally, it takes four full-time academic semesters to complete the MS degree with the Thesis option.

Suggested courses for the different specializations/tracks can be modified based on your specific research avenue in consultation with the Graduate Programs Director and your major advisor.

Doctoral Degree


Student matriculating in to the doctoral (Ph.D.) degree program must complete all the requirements for the M.S. degree in BME at Stony Brook or enter the program with a relevant M.S. degree. This latter option is termed admission with “Advanced Standing”. After completion of the M.S. degree or admission with Advanced Standing, there are no course requirements per se, though certain courses may be required to fill any gaps in the student's knowledge. Following completion of a qualifying exam, an independent basic research program will be undertaken. Subsequently, the student will present and defend their dissertation proposal defense. Successful completion of this stage will enable the student to “Advance to Candidacy”. One semester of teaching practicum must be satisfactorily performed. Completion of the research program will culminate in the submission and oral defense of a doctoral dissertation. The University requires at least two consecutive semesters of full-time graduate study. All requirements for the Ph.D. must be completed within seven years after completing 24 credits of graduate study.