Dual MS Degree Program: Biomaterials and Clinical Research

Overview of Dual MS Program

This dual degree program in Clinical Research and Biomaterials is designed to train professionals for careers in the biomedical device and clinical trials fields. It comprises two major components, each of which consists of a single-year Master’s program that can also be taken separately: the Master’s Program in Biomaterials Science, and the Master’s Program in Clinical Research.

Taken together, the Biomaterials program will provide the student with the training needed to be valuable to companies developing medical devices ranging from dental restorations and total joint replacements to bone grafting materials as well as companies in the tissue engineering field. The Clinical Research program will provide the student with the training needed to clinically test medical devices, medications, diagnostics, and medical treatments, and to be valuable to companies doing this development work.

In addition to the core requirements, students have the option to add courses in entrepreneurial development and intellectual property development through the Tandon School of Engineering or pursue and independent research project. The structure of the program allows the student to complete the program by completing the required courses of both programs. Overall, the dual MS/MS program can be completed with a minimum of 49 credits or a maximum of 57. Completed individually, both programs combined entail 60 credits. The dual MS/MS program thus represents a significant cost savings opportunity for students.

The combined program will be an excellent launch pad for students who would like to enter the exciting and rapidly expanding combined fields of clinical research, medical device development, tissue engineering, and entrepreneurship. Students completing this combined program will graduate with an impressive level of comprehensive training in the science of biomaterials and clinical research.

Curriculum Requirements

The dual MS/MS in Clinical Research and Biomaterials is a two-year full-time program. The minimum course requirements include 49 credits and must be taken by all students enrolled in the program, as shown below:


Year 1

Fall
Principles of Biomaterials    
Fundamentals of Clinical Trials
Federal Regulations/Agencies
Biostatistics  

January Term
Evidence-Based Medicine   

Spring
Polymers and Biopolymers    
Data Management
Scientific Writing
Metal and Ceramic Biomaterials  
 


(3 credits)
(3 credits)
(2 credits)
(3 credits)


(3 credits)


(3 credits)
(2 credits)
(3 credits)
(3 credits)
 

Year 2

Fall
Introduction to Research
Epidemiology
Biomaterials–Tissue Interface I
Clinical Research Practicum I
Independent Project in Biomaterials 

Spring
Biomaterials–Tissue Interface II   
Clinical Trials II
Bioethics and IRB
Clinical Research Practicum II
 


(2 credits)
(3 credits)
(3 credits)
(3 credits)
(2 credits)


(3 credits)
(3 credits)
(2 credits)
(3 credits)
 

Electives

In addition to minimum course requirements as listed above, students are able to enroll and complete additional credits from a list of electives. Only the above 49 credits are required to complete the joint MS/MS program:

Imaging Science   
Introduction to Electron Microscopy 
Physical & Chemical Methods 
Research in Biomaterials   
Readings in Biomaterials/Biomimetics
Integrative Seminars in Oral Biology

(4 credits)
(3 credits)
(3 credits)
(3 credits)
(1 credit)
(3 credits)