Master of Science — injury biomechanics (online)

Wayne State University has a rich history in the area of biomedical engineering (BME). Our research efforts date back over 80 years, during which time we have established ourselves as a leader in the field of injury biomechanics. Building on our relationships with the automotive industry, we have expanded into sports, ballistics and blast research areas with a focus on saving lives.

What you'll learn in injury biomechanics

With a master's in biomedical engineering with concentration in injury biomechanics from Wayne State University, you'll be equipped to:

  • Apply math, science and engineering concepts to identify, formulate and solve problems in biology and medicine.
  • Design and conduct scientific experiments and analyze and interpret the resulting data.
  • Partner with physicians and clients to apply mechanism of injury knowledge in order to develop solutions.

Curriculum for the M.S. BME with concentration in injury biomechanics

This online program consists of 30 credit hours of course work (without a thesis), which includes three required courses (9 credit hours), general courses (21 credit hours), minimum of 6 credits at the 7000-level or above (with at least 3 credits at 7000-level or above in BME), Directed Study (maximum of 4 credits), Internship (maximum of 6 credits) and non-BME graduate level engineering or medical school courses (maximum of 6 credits).

The required courses are Quantitative Physiology, Computer and Mathematical Applications in Biomedical Engineering and Seminar in Biomedical Engineering. Other topics explored include mechanisms of injury to various parts of the body from head to toe, human response and tolerance to impact loading, and the use of both human surrogates and computer models in testing for human safety.

Real-world experiences and opportunities in injury biomechanics

You'll have opportunities to advance your studies and become a leader in injury biomechanics through multidisciplinary and translational research. Alongside faculty advisors and fellow students, you'll apply principles and theories to research models that could impact our understanding of new technologies and their effects.

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Career outlook for individuals with an M.S. BME with concentration in injury biomechanics

Launch your career in safety engineering, injury prevention, accident reconstruction and more with a master's in injury biomechanics. At Wayne State University, we'll equip you for careers in academia, industry, government, community spaces and graduate studies in roles like:

  • Forensic biomechanist
  • Injury prevention specialist
  • Product safety engineer
  • Subject matter expert
  • Expert witness

Admissions

Admission to this program is contingent upon admission to the Graduate School. In addition, the minimum requirements for admission into the online injury biomechanics M.S. program are:

  1. Official transcripts from an accredited institution showing completion of an engineering baccalaureate degree. Students with a baccalaureate degree from a non-engineering discipline that is related to BME (i.e. Life Science) will be considered for admission to the program if they have the prerequisite coursework in Calculus (1, 2 and Differential Equations) and Physics (1 and 2) and have passed these courses with a grade of 'B' or better. 
  2. A grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale will be considered for regular admission and GPA between 2.8 and 3.0 will be considered for qualified admission. 
  3. International applicants are required to submit a WES evaluation.

Learn more about Wayne State University's M.S. BME with concentration in injury biomechanics

The online master of science in biomedical engineering with concentration in injury biomechanics at Wayne State University will provide you with the skills and training necessary to address impact biomechanics and motor vehicle trauma in the automotive and defense industries as well as blast-induced injury biomechanics and countermeasures. With broad interdisciplinary knowledge and hands-on experience, you'll stand out in the biomechanics industry — and you'll connect with a global network of Wayne State alumni who are leaders in the field.