The Master’s degree program in the Department of BME prepares students for research activities at the highest level. 90% of our Master’s students participate in cutting edge research during the course of their degree program.
Master’s students take advantage of the rich entrepreneurial ecosystem at Columbia University, gaining access to experienced alumni and executives in the New York City community, participating in pitch competitions, and even launching their own start-up companies based on technologies first conceived in their courses.
Master’s degree students in the Department of BME come from diverse training, including research and industry, and backgrounds, including sciences (such as physics, chemistry, and biology), mathematics, and several fields of engineering (such as mechanical, electrical, and chemical engineering).
This flexible program allowed me to sample many fields underneath the biomedical engineering umbrella while having the opportunity to conduct mentored research either for credit towards my degree or as a volunteer. The coursework I completed and research experience I received were what prepared me best for the life of research I have chosen to pursue and helped build the strong resume I needed to apply to top tier doctoral programs.
Innovation and Entrepreneurship
I didn't start Columbia expecting to be involved in entrepreneurship, but after going through the biodesign process in a Masters Biomedical Design course, the idea of entrepreneurship was very exciting. We made the decision to continue our biodesign project after competing in and receiving our first funding from the Columbia Venture Competition, and we couldn't have started Neopenda and gotten this far without the encouraging support from Columbia.
Open to Students with Diverse Training and Backgrounds
I chose Columbia BME for the inspiring faculty, the research opportunities that reflected my own interests in the field, and the flexibility of the curriculum. As someone coming from a non-engineering background, like many of my fellow classmates, this program has allowed me to develop a strong engineering foundation by giving me the freedom to select courses that reflected my specific needs, while continually offering guidance and mentorship during this transition. Columbia BME encourages networking and diversity within our own department, as well as collaboration between departments, creating an atmosphere of innovation and opportunity throughout the university.