Rutgers Online Master of Engineering in Biomedical Engineering
The Rutgers Online Master of Engineering in Biomedical Engineering program is designed for what is best for students and their development. By mimicking the on-campus experience, students are given access to engineering classes developed and taught by the same faculty.
Different students apply to the program for different reasons. Some are engineering or biomedical engineering bachelors graduates looking for a leg up in their company. Others are in another field such as life sciences or physical sciences and are interested in applying what they’ve learned in biology and medicine and are looking to augment what they’ve learned as an undergraduate.
Faculty independent research projects offer students the chance to work one on one with a faculty member that aligns with their interests. It’s a big differentiator for the program and a game-changer for shaping graduate’s perspectives.
We try to train our students to be problem solvers and to operate at the interface of the life sciences, the physical sciences and engineering. This is one of the reasons why we like to take students from a lot of different backgrounds, to create a healthy diversity that builds a strong community to solve the problems of tomorrow.
Dr. David Shrieber: The Online Masters Program is 100% online. It’s built to mimic what we do on ground for our Masters of Engineering students so it’s largely the same classes, developed and taught by the same faculty. Our program really gives an emphasis on the students and what’s best for their development and we try to be very responsive to the students and we try to build those elements into the online program as well. Different students apply to the program for different reasons. Some are Bachelors of Engineering so they have a Bachelors of Engineering degree, maybe Biomedical Engineering and they’re looking for a leg up in their company. Others frequently are in another field, maybe a Life Science field or a different engineering field or a Physical Science, Math, Chemistry, Physics, but have always had an interest in applying what they’ve learned to problems in Biology and Medicine and are looking to augment what they learned as an undergraduate.
Lauren Marci: One of the best things about the online program for me was the ability to get work done at times that were convenient for me so sometimes that was early in the morning, sometimes that was late at night but I was able to fit it into the context of the classes.
Dr. David Shrieber: One of the things that distinguishes our program is the opportunity to work one-on-one with the faculty for the independent study.
Lauren Marci: One of the opportunities we had to work with faculty was in selecting our independent research projects and we chose faculty that were aligned with our interests and we were able to work one-on-one with them.
Dr. David Shrieber: It’s really been a game changer for them to gain experience in something that they’re personally vested in. It’s even helped one student think about his new position in a different way and what new problems he might solve at that company.
Lauren Marci: One of my favorite things about the program was the ability to have access to high level courses in a flexible format. I definitely gained valuable experience working with other people in the academic setting but in an online format and the opportunity to work with people from such different backgrounds – I don’t think you always get that in an on ground course.
Dr. David Shrieber: We try to train our students to be problem-solvers and to operate at the interface of the life sciences, the physical sciences and engineering. It’s one of the reasons why we like to take students from all sorts of different backgrounds and we find that through that diversity we can build a community that is better able to solve the problems and appreciate what each other brings.