MS in Biomedical Visualization

Admission Requirements

Applications are considered on an individual basis. In addition to the Graduate College minimum requirements, applicants must meet the following program requirements:

  • Baccalaureate Field No restrictions. All prerequisite course work must be completed with a grade of C or higher. Prior academic work must include:
    1. General or introductory chemistry.
    2. Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy and Human Physiology or Anatomy and Physiology I and II with dissection.
    3. Additional science courses must include two or more of the following (at least one of these courses must be an upper-division course): biochemistry, cell biology, developmental anatomy (vertebrate embryology), genetics, histology, immunology, molecular biology, neuroanatomy, pharmacology, microbiology, neuroscience, neurobiology, physical/biological anthropology, or pathology.
    4. One or more courses in 2-D vector, 2-D raster, 3-D modeling, 2-D/3-D animation, interactive or motion media, or computer programming is required. Course work in drawing, life drawing, painting, and digital imaging is highly recommended. Course work in computer programming is recommended for applicants interested in interactive media.
  • Grade Point Average At least 3.00/4.00 for the final 60 semester (90 quarter) hours of undergraduate study and for all cumulative graduate work previously taken.
  • Transcripts Submit unofficial copies of official transcripts from institutions where degrees were earned, and transcripts from all colleges and universities attended within the last eight years. A link to upload will be provided by the Office of Admissions and Records five to seven days after application is completed.
  • Tests Required GRE General Test that includes Verbal, Quantitative, and Writing assessment. Preference will be given to applicants with a combined Quantitative and Verbal score above 300. Test scores are required for all applicants.
  • Minimum English Competency Test Score
    • TOEFL Applicants taking the iBT Internet-based TOEFL must have a minimum score of 95, with subscores of Reading 24, Listening 22, Speaking 24, and Writing 24. Applicants taking the New Paper-Based TOEFL (after August 2018) must have a minimum score of 60, with subscores of Reading 19, Listening 17, Writing 21. If the applicant has taken the Institutional Testing Paper-Based TOEFL (prior to August 2018), minimum scores in the range of 585–600 will be considered; in addition, the applicant must take the Test of Written English and submit scores in the range of 5–6.  OR,
    • IELTS 7.0, with subscores of 6.5 for all four subscores, OR,
    • PTE-Academic 54, with subscores of Reading 51, Listening 47, Speaking 53, and Writing 56.
  • Letters of Recommendation Three required from instructors or employers. Letters must be on letterhead and can be uploaded to the OAR site.
  • Personal Statement The statement should address the applicant’s goals for graduate study and career development.
  • Other Requirements A personal interview with departmental faculty is required. Additionally, a portfolio review by departmental faculty is required. A portfolio of 20 original images must be submitted. The 20 original images must include six full-figure drawings (not paintings) from the nude model that include gestures, short poses and long poses; one drawing of the human hand; one portrait drawing; one black and white tone composition from observation using all basic forms: cube, cone, cylinder, pyramid, and sphere; one still life drawing or painting in color that includes both organic and geometric forms which demonstrates form, volume, texture, and convincing spatial relationships. These 10 images must be created from direct observation, not photographic references. The additional 10 images may include general drawing (pages from sketchbooks encouraged), figure drawing, color media, digital media, graphic design, and sculpture. Medical subject matter images are discouraged.
  • Deadlines Application deadlines for this program are listed on the Graduate College website.

Degree Requirements

In addition to the Graduate College minimum requirements, students must meet the following program requirements:

  • Minimum Semester Hours Required 49–52.
  • Course Work
Course Title
Required Core Courses
Gross Human Anatomy
Medical Sciences and Human Pathophysiology
Information Sources in Biomedical & Health Information Sciences
Strategic Inquiry in Biomedical and Health Information Sciences
Seminar in Biomedical and Health Information Sciences
Clinical Sciences for Biomedical Visualization
Visual Learning and Visual Thinking I
Anatomical Visualization
Web Development
Graphic Design
Business Practices
Seminar in Biomedical Visualization
And two additional required science courses from the following lists:
At least one of the following:
Advanced Craniofacial Anatomy
Molecular Pharmacology for Biomedical Visualization
Receptor Pharmacology and Cell Signaling
Human Neuroanatomy
Foundations of Neuroscience II
At least one of the following:
Molecular Biology
Cell Biology
Foundations of Neuroscience I
Select 10 hours from the following:
ART 452
ART 453
3D Space I: Modeling
3D Space II: Animation
Interactive 3D
Biomedical Visualization Techniques
Modeling I
Modeling II
Modeling III
Illustration Techniques
Surgical Illustration
Visual Learning and Visual Thinking II
Interactive Visualization
Advanced Interactive Visualization
Medical Legal Visualization
Animation I
Animation II
Animation III
Animation IV
Virtual Reality and Stereography in Biomedical Visualization
Advanced Illustration Techniques
Advanced Graphic Design
Practicum in Biomedical Visualization
Special Topics in Biomedical Visualization
Independent Study
Additional courses may be taken with the approval of advisor and instructor if in another college.
  • Thesis, Project, or Course-Work-Only Options Thesis or project required. No other options are available.
    • Thesis: Students must earn at least 7 hours in BVIS 598.
    • Project: Students must earn at least 4 hours in BVIS 597.
  • Other Requirements 
    • Continuous Registration: Students who have completed all degree requirements except the thesis/project must register for zero semester hours to maintain continuity of registration.