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 coursework 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. Coursework in drawing, life drawing, painting, and digital imaging is highly recommended. Coursework 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 Graduate and Professional Admissions 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 and a Writing score above a 3.0. Test scores are required for all applicants.
  • Minimum English Competency Test Score
    • TOEFL Applicants taking the iBT Test must have a minimum score of 95, with subscores of Reading 24, Listening 22, Speaking 24, and Writing 24. Applicants taking the revised Paper-Delivered Test must have a minimum score of 60, with subscores of Reading 19, Listening 17, Writing 21. 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 uploaded with the application.
  • 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.
  • Coursework
Required Core Courses
Gross Human Anatomy
Information Sources in Biomedical & Health Information Sciences
Professional Practices in Biomedical Visualization
Strategic Inquiry in Biomedical Visualization
Pathophysiology for Biomedical Visualization
Seminar in Biomedical and Health Information Sciences
Clinical Sciences for Biomedical Visualization
Visual Learning and Visual Thinking I
Anatomical Visualization
Web Design
Graphic Design
Business Practices in Biomedical Visualization
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
Foundations of Biomedical Sciences II a
At least one of the following:
Foundations of Biomedical Sciences I a
Foundations of Neuroscience I
Select 10 hours from the following:
3D Space I: Modeling
3D Space II: Animation
Biomedical Visualization Techniques
Visual Storytelling in Biomedical Visualization
Modeling I
Modeling II
Modeling III
Illustration Techniques
Surgical Illustration
Visual Learning and Visual Thinking II
Serious Game Development
Advanced Serious Game Development
Medical Legal Visualization
Immersive Interactive Visualization
Animation I
Animation II
Animation III
Animation IV
360 Animation
Advanced Illustration Techniques
3D Printing with Data Segmentation for Medicine
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.

BVIS students who choose to enroll in GEMS 521 should register for 3 semester hours, and students who choose to enroll in GEMS 522 should register for 3 semester hours.

  • Thesis, Project, or Coursework-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.