Master of Engineering in Regulatory Biomedical Engineering

Program Overview

This is a unique online program that awards a Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) through a combination of biomedical engineering and regulatory science. The M.Eng. in Regulatory Biomedical Engineering (rBME) prepares students with the engineering basis for the regulation of medical device technology. This interdisciplinary program is offered through the Department of Biomedical Engineering in partnership with GW's School of Medicine and Health Sciences program in Regulatory Affairs. The M.Eng. in rBME addresses an unmet need for a graduate program to train engineers and scientists in the specific set of engineering skills needed for medical device development, evaluation, and commercialization. Students with training in engineering, biomedical science, and/or relevant industry/government/legal experience benefit from the combination of understanding engineering and regulation of medical devices including diagnostic, therapeutic, patient-monitoring, and imaging devices.  

Students who complete the program acquire skill sets comparable to those of an engineer with five to seven years of experience, making them competitive in the medical device industries, government, or non-government research organizations. Graduates are equipped to provide in-house regulatory expertise to these medical device institutions.

Please note: Starting Fall 2022, this program will be changing to a cohort-based program with a fall-only intake.

Program Requirements

Credit hours: 30 credits total distributed across four topical areas:

  • Biomedical engineering coursework and practicum (18 credits)
  • Regulatory issues (9 credits)
  • Medical Device Law (3 credits)

Duration: ​21 months or 5 semesters (including a summer)

Program Requirements


Admissions Requirements

Deadline to Apply for Fall 2022: July 1, 2022

  • Minimum of 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) achieved on the final 60 credit hours of undergraduate coursework.
  • Successful submission of online application form, exam scores and other documents as outlined in the admissions requirements.

Please note: Due to its online format, this program will not offer I-20 forms for F-1 visa-seeking students. Non-visa-seeking international students in the US, however, are eligible to apply to this program but must meet English language test score minimums if they did not complete a bachelor’s degree from a US institution.



Professional Outcomes

By completing the Master of Engineering in Regulatory Biomedical Engineering you will be able to apply engineering to regulatory solutions needed for medical device development, evaluation, policy, and commercialization.

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