According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in biomedical engineering is expected to grow 10% from 2021 to 2031, faster than average for all occupations. About 1,200 openings for biomedical engineers are projected each year, on average, over the next decade. The median salary was $97,410 per year as of May 2021. The increasing possibilities of new technologies and the increasing applications of medical equipment and devices will likely lead to an increase in employment for biomedical engineers.

Bioengineers have a close working relationship with other scientists and medical professors to help achieve their goals. Bioengineers and biomedical engineers combine engineering principles with sciences to design and create equipment, devices, computer systems, and software. WSU's proximity to our medical school as well as the Detroit Medical Center makes an excellent environment to learn and grow with one another.


BME program application decisions are made after university admission. Applications from students not admitted to the university will not be considered.

First-year students

Minimum admissions criteria for incoming freshmen are:

  • High School GPA: 3.2
  • Composite/Total Score: 
    • ACT Composite: 23/ACT Math: 26
    • SAT Combined:1150/SAT Math: 620

The department does not have absolute cut-offs for admission. Visit the Bachelor of Science in biomedical engineering program page for more information.

Transfer students

Students may apply as transfer students after completing college-level coursework at Wayne State University or other post-secondary institutions. Transfer students are expected to have a minimum overall GPA of 3.3.

Visit the Bachelor of Science in biomedical engineering program page for more information.

Graduate students

Admission to BME M.S. programs is contingent upon admission to the Graduate School. In addition, the minimum requirements 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.

Doctorate students

Admission to the Doctorate of Philosophy in Biomedical Engineering Program is contingent upon admission to the Graduate School. Beyond that, applicants also need to meet additional department admissions requirements outlined on the PhD in BME program page. International applicants are required to submit a WES Evaluation.