MDE | Master of Advanced Study Degree UC San Diego

About the Medical Device Engineering Program

The U.S. industry leads the world in medical device innovation and production. To remain competitive, the next generation of devices will build on recent advances in bioengineering, biomaterials, genomics, computing and telecommunications.

Medical device and instrumentation companies require continuing education for their engineers and scientists so that they can take advantage of these new technologies and apply them to product development.

The UCSD Master of Advanced Study Degree (MAS) in Medical Device Engineering offers a focused cross-disciplinary technical education program catering to the needs of engineering professionals. The program provides:

  • specialized courses in clinical needs assessment
  • the option of designing and prototyping a medical device or instrument
  • technical education in mechanics and transport, anatomy and physiology, biomaterials
  • instruction in life science technologies, embedded controls, computer-aided design
  • introduction to business issues including product launching, regulatory and payment issues, and standards and compliance

The degree is conferred by the University of California, San Diego and is managed by the departments of Bioengineering and Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. Courses are taught by UC San Diego faculty, who are leading experts in medical devices, clinical needs, control engineering, bioengineering, biology, biomaterials, and biophysiology

Program Key Features

  • High-quality technical program with interdisciplinary focus
  • Courses taught by UCSD faculty experts
  • Friday and/or Saturday class schedule, alternating weekends
  • 9 courses, complete degree in 2 years
  • Small class size, build network with engineering professionals
  • Apply new technologies in capstone design project


  • Earn a graduate degree from UC San Diego, home to the number one bioengineering program in the nation.
  • Gain knowledge in state-of-the-art engineering technologies that will lead to the next-generation medical devices and instrumentation.
  • Emerge a technical leader in engineering design and prepare for advanced career opportunities.

Bioengineering Dept.

  • #1 ranked Bioengineering doctoral program according to the most recent National Research Council study (2010)
  • 2015 U.S News & World Report ranked UCSD's Bioengineering graduate program #2 in the nation
  • World-class faculty, facilities, and student resources

Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering Dept.

  • 2015 U.S News & World Report ranked UCSD's Mechanical Engineering program #16 and Aerospace Engineering #20 in the nation
  • World-class faculty with 9 members and 2 fellows of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE)
  • #10 ranked Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering doctoral programs according to the most recent National Research Council study (2010)

Intended Audience

The program is designed for early to mid-career design engineers who are on a technical leadership track within their companies, or who are interested in learning the business development and regulatory issues associated with the design of novel devices and instrumentation.