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The School of Biomedical Engineering offers a variety of education programs for you to enroll in. Please look at the program options below and carefully read the program and admission requirements, as well as what's involved to apply for each.

Master of Applied Science in Biomedical Engineering

As a biomedical engineering student, you'll typically spend the first eight months of the two-year program working on coursework. You'll spend the remainder of your time working on your thesis.

If you have an undergraduate degree in any engineering, physical science or health science background, you may be accepted into the program, but you might have to make up some undergraduate courses in your first year.

Program requirements

  • Six, half-credit MSc-level courses in biomedical engineering or related disciplines
  • Presentation of thesis proposal at a departmental seminar
  • Completion of MASc thesis

The complete Academic Regulations for SBME can be found at:

Link: SBME_Policies_May2013.pdf

Admission requirements

  • BEng or BASc from an accredited undergraduate engineering program with research experience**
  • Four year BSc in the physical sciences (e.g. Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, etc.) with research experience**
  • Four year BSc in the biological sciences (e.g. Physiology, Biophysics, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Immunology, etc.) with research experience**
  • MD, DVM, DDS, or equivalent with research experience**
       

In cases (3) and (4) above, additional undergraduate coursework may be required prior to entry into the program. This will depend on the nature of the research thesis to be undertaken and the requirements will be developed in consultation with the school; however, a minimum of second year undergraduate calculus (equivalent to Dalhousie University’s MATH 2001.03 and MATH 2002.03) plus linear algebra and/or statistics, and one year of physics and chemistry will normally be required.

**Qualifications for research experience include: a research thesis, senior research project, or equivalent work experience determined in consultation with the School of Biomedical Engineering.

A minimum mid-B average during the student’s undergraduate coursework (with a minimum average of A- over the last two years) will be required, plus demonstrated ability to communicate and write in English (consistent with the entry requirements of the Faculty of Graduate Studies, e.g. TOEFL>600).

GRE Aptitude and Advanced scores in one of the sciences are recommended for all applicants whose undergraduate work has been completed outside Canada.

Application process

Your application should be submitted through the Dalhousie online application system.

In order to apply, you need to assemble an application package consisting of:

  1. Official academic transcripts. These are usually sent to us directly from the university. You can also include them with your application letter if they're sealed by the originating university.
  2. Two letters of recommendations from references who can attest to your potential as a researcher. These should be submitted via the online application process. Your references will be emailed at the email addresses you provide within five business days after submission. Note that web mail addresses (Gmail, Hotmail etc.), cannot be used for this process.
  3. An application letter outlining your past research experience, research interests and/or a research project of the type you wish to pursue. The names of two or more potential thesis supervisors (see Our Faculty for faculty research interests) should be included in your letter. It's helpful to contact potential supervisors via email prior to applying to discuss possible projects and funding availability.
  4. Results of the TOEFL if your mother tongue isn't English. A minimum score of 600 is required for a paper-based exam, 250 for a computer based exam, or 100 for an Internet-based exam. Where TOEFL is not available, the following tests will be accepted: MELAB (minimum score 90) and IELTS (minimum score 7.5).

 

PhD in Biomedical Engineering

A PhD in Biomedical Engineering will take you three to five years and involves producing a PhD thesis based on original work. You may apply from a thesis-based master's programs in any health, engineering or physical science discipline.

Program requirements

  • Two, half-course equivalents in biomedical engineering (or other areas at the discretion of the supervisory committee)
  • Presentation of the thesis proposal at the departmental seminar
  • Successful completion of a written and oral comprehensive examination
  • Defence of PhD thesis

The complete Academic Regulations for SBME can be found at:

Admission requirements

You may be accepted into the PhD program in Biomedical Engineering from an accredited master's program in the physical sciences, biological sciences or engineering. In such cases, all of the requirements for entry into the MASc program must be satisfied.  Additional courses may be required at the discretion of the School and depending on the nature of the research work to be undertaken.

If you are already in the MASc program, you may transfer to a PhD program after you complete five half-classes and a successful  PhD Transfer Examination.

Application process

You application should be submitted through the Dalhousie online application system.

In order to apply, you need to assemble an application package consisting of:

  1. Official academic transcripts. These are usually sent to us directly from the university. You can also include them with your application letter if they're sealed by the originating university.
  2. Two letters of recommendations from references who can attest to your potential as a researcher. These should be submitted via the online application process. Your references will be emailed at the email addresses you provide within five business days after submission. Note that web mail addresses (Gmail, Hotmail, etc.), cannot be used for this process.
  3. An application letter outlining your past research experience, research interests and/or a research project of the type you wish to pursue. The names of two or more potential thesis supervisors (see Our Faculty for faculty research interests) should be included in your letter. It's helpful to contact potential supervisors via email prior to applying to discuss possible projects and funding availability.
  4. Results of the TOEFL if your mother tongue isn't English. A minimum score of 600 is required for a paper-based exam, 250 for a computer based exam, or 100 for an internet-based exam. Where TOEFL isn't available, the following tests will be accepted: MELAB (minimum score 90); and IELTS (minimum score 7.5).