Council of Graduate Schools approves 14 University of Massachusetts Professional Science Master's (PSM) options including Biotechnology and Biomedical Engineering

July 14, 2010

The University of Massachusetts Lowell now offers a Professional Science Master’s (PSM) option in the Biomedical Engineering and Biotechnology program.  Several areas of specialization are available including medical imaging, biomaterials and bioprocessing.

The innovative, two-year non-thesis Professional Science Master’s (PSM) graduate degree programs are developed in concert with industry partners and are designed to enhance your career opportunities. The PSM degree options augment core science curricula with business fundamentals, communications, ethics and project management. Additionally, you put your skills and knowledge into practice during the required internship component of the program. (Students employed full-time may be able to substitute a project for the required internship.)

Biomedical Engineering and Biotechnology (BMEBT) PSM is a non-thesis masters degree granting track within a PhD program designed to offer national recognition at the intersection of biology and engineering; that is readily accessible to individuals with a wide range of science/engineering undergraduate degrees; that addresses contemporary biomedical/health research problems; and that provides students with options to pursue careers in business, government and non-profit sectors of the biotechnology, medical devices, pharmaceutical, and related industries.

BMEBT PSM Option specializations:

Medical Imaging: Image data are of increasing importance in Biomedical Engineering and Biotechnology. The application of microelectronic circuitry, high performance processors, and improved algorithms based on advanced mathematics has resulted in innovative new methodologies to acquire and process image data, permitting visualization, quantification, and functional analysis of tissues and organs.

Biomaterials: The use of plastics in medical products and medical devices is rapidly increasing. The Plastics Engineering Department at UMass Lowell is continuing its leadership role in Plastics Engineering Education by responding to industry's need for Medical Plastics training. This program will provide knowledge needed for the development of new "engineering intensive" medical products which combine complex material compositions, designs, and manufacturing processes. The program is intended for medical professionals, engineers and technologists working in the medical products industry.

Bioprocessing: This program emphasizes biological and engineering principles, process concepts and the application of these to process design and improvement. Courses deliberately cross disciplinary boundaries and emphasize teamwork in a multidisciplinary environment as well as a result-oriented, document-driven approach to efficient project completion. This specialization is intended for students who hold a baccalaureate degree in science, engineering, health, or related disciplines.

Other specializations available in consultation with BMEBT Program Advisor.

BMEBT PSM Program Contact: Dr. Bryan Buchholz, Director Biomedical Engineering and Biotechnology Program,

The Council of Graduate Schools officially approved fourteen (14) Professional Science Master program options from the University of Massachusetts including two intercampus PSM options: Biomedical Engineering/Biotechnology and Marine Sciences, Coastal and Ocean Administration, Science and Technology.

Other PSM programs offered from the UMass Lowell School of Health and Environment:                

§    Clinical Laboratory Sciences

§    Cleaner Production/Pollution Prevention

§    Epidemiology

§    Ergonomics and Safety

§    Occupational, Environmental Hygiene

from the UMass Lowell School of Arts and Sciences:

§   Applied Biotechnology

§   Biosafety

§   Environmental Biotechnology

§   Industrial Mathematics

§   Project Management for Life Sciences

§   Radiological Sciences and Protection

from the UMass Boston School of Science and Mathematics:

§   Environmental Sciences


Graduate walk-in registration Wednesday, August 18, 2010, 3-7 p.m., Dugan Hall, 833 Broadway Street, Lowell, MA, South Campus UMass Lowell

For additional Professional Science Master program information visit or contact Susan Lawton, PSM Planning Coordinator,, (978) 934-2299


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