The Master of Science in Medical Device Engineering program is a four-semester program with small-section, in-person classes; 48 units are required to complete the program. The curriculum integrates three key knowledge areas across core and elective courses, and provides authentic experiences with patients, providers, and industry. Sample course in each area include:

  • Identifying user needs
    • Clinical experience for the engineer
    • Human factors and user experience
  • Development
    • Product development
    • Drug delivery
    • Advanced medical diagnostics
  • Design transfer and manufacturing
    • Business operations
    • Medical device production
    • Quality assurance and control

First Year

The first-year coursework covers the entire medical device product life cycle from identifying a need, through design and development, to production and manufacturing. At the end of the first year, students will be prepared for industry internships and for the capstone experience.

Course Number
Course Name
SCI 5700
ENG 5300
ENG 5320
ENG 5330
ENG 6340
MATH 5000
PDEV 5300

Summer Opportunities

Students in the program are encouraged to complete a summer internship or participate in summer research.

Second Year

During the second year, students participate in teams on a year-long industry sponsored project with support from a faculty advisor and liaison from the sponsoring company. Additional courses in business and regulatory affairs provide industry insight. Advanced elective courses allow students to specialize in an area of interest.

Course Number
Course Name
PDEV 5000
Team Master’s Project (in Medical Devices)
BUS 6600
REG 6330


Students can select from a variety of elective courses available across the Henry E. Riggs School of Applied Life Sciences. Each student is personally advised based on their interests and career goals.

Learning Outcomes

By completing the program, all graduates will be able to demonstrate proficiency in these program learning outcomes:

  • Students can communicate effectively in an industry environment composed of scientists, engineers, and business professionals.
  • Students can contribute productively on an interdisciplinary team tackling complex problems.
  • Students can identify user needs for medical devices through primary and secondary research.
  • Students can combine product needs with fundamental science and engineering to develop a medical device for the benefit of society.
  • Students can apply best practices in manufacturing, assembly, quality, and operations for commercialization of medical devices.
  • Students adhere to ethical principles in research, development, regulatory, and business issues inherent in the medical device and related industries.

Graduation Requirements Document