The Professional Master of Science degree program in Medical Product Engineering is suitable for those students who have industry-driven career goals, or who are already working in the industry. The students participating in the program can choose to complete their curricular requirements either as full-time students in a shorter period, or as part-time students over a longer period. (Note: Foreign students should consult their OIS advisors as it is often required for a foreign exchange student to maintain a full-time student status while studying in the USA.) For detailed information, interested students should contact the CMI Program’s Educational Director, Dr. Kilichan Gurleyik. The student in the Professional MS program must maintain a 3.0 GPA to remain in good standing within the program. Students who are accepted and enroll in the Professional MS program and who subsequently wish to enter the PhD program must complete the entire PhD application process.
The degree program emphasizes preparation for a career in the medical device industry through hands-on, practical experience in medical product design and development, development of advanced engineering skills, and instruction in professional affairs and practices in medical engineering. In essence, the program focuses on the application of engineering innovation to the identification of and solution to challenges in health care delivery in the medical industry.
The Professional MS in Bioengineering - Medical Product Engineering is designed to assure mastery of specific knowledge and skills, rather than random accumulation of a specified number of courses. A thorough grounding in the principles of medical device innovation and development compliant with regulatory requirements is provided through a three-semester sequence that starts with immersion in the medical/hospital environment and ends with a first generation prototype. The curriculum also provides a strong foundation in ethics, analysis, design principles, and principles of entrepreneurship as applied to medical device innovation. The degree still requires a total of 30 credits as follows:
- Medical Product Engineering Core Curriculum (12 credits)
- Electives (18 credits as follows:)
- Medical Ethics (3 credits)
- Graduate Engineering Mathematics or Statistics (3 credits)
- Advanced Graduate Engineering Electives (12 credits)
More detailed information on the Professional Masters in Medical Product Engineering can be
found at the following website: http://engineering.pitt.edu/Departments/Bioengineering/_Content/Programs/Graduate/Programs—accordion/