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Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering Graduate Certificate

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Certificate Overview Open Accordion

Study biomaterials and tissue engineering online with CSU

Advance your career with specialized training in biomaterials and tissue engineering from Colorado State University. Gain an in-depth understanding of biomaterials by studying the properties, processing, and economics of biomedical and biotechnology applications.

After successfully completing this program, you will be able to:

  • Explore how engineered materials are used in medical devices.
  • Analyze functionalities of various biological species in tissue engineering.
  • Identify design materials for biological engineering purposes.
  • Think more critically about bioengineering concepts as they relate to emerging areas of tissue engineering and biomaterials.
  • Effectively communicate and discuss advanced biomaterials concepts with technical experts in the field, along with professionals in related fields who do not have specific background in this area.
  • Seek out additional multidisciplinary knowledge and conduct research to broaden your expertise in tissue engineering and biomaterials.

Study online with the support of expert faculty

Complete your coursework at times that are convenient for you with CSU’s flexible online learning format. Cultivate career-building skills on your time and at your own pace. Learn from faculty in the School of Biomedical Engineering who bring their expertise into the online classroom as ground-breaking researchers in prostheses, therapeutics, cancer, orthopedics, cardiovascular tissue biomechanics, tissue engineering, and regenerative medicine.

Apply credits toward your master’s degree

Start on a path towards your Biomedical Engineering Master’s Degree by earning your Graduate Certificate in Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering. Completion of this certificate may count toward credit hours required for completion of CSU’s online Master of Biomedical Engineering after formal admission. However, successful completion of the courses or certificate does not guarantee admission to the degree program.

Explore Careers Open Accordion

As the healthcare industry continues to evolve and the aging population grows, job opportunities for biomaterials and tissue engineers will increase to meet demand in areas such as regenerative treatments and new reconstructive medical technology.

Biomaterials-based companies are contributing to the bulk of the tissue engineering market in the United States. The global biomaterials market size is expected to reach $348.4 billion by 2027, according to a report by Grand View Research, Inc. Prominent players operating in the market include Medtronic, Evonik, DSM, BASF, Berkeley Advanced Biomaterials, Covalon Technologies, and Zimmer Biomet Holdings.

Salary and growth projections

  • 2019 median pay $91,410 per year
  • 4% expected growth from 2018 to 2028
  • 20,439 jobs in 2018 with annual openings of just over 2,000
(U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)

By successfully completing this certificate, you will gain the skills to pursue advancement opportunities in a variety of industries, including:

  • Biomedical engineering
  • Biomedical therapeutics and regenerative medicine
  • Medical devices/manufacturing
  • Private research laboratories
  • Government and military
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Research and development in biotechnology, and physical, engineering, and life sciences

Pursue your professional development and prepare to create solutions that help people live better lives. Career areas of focus include:

  • Vaccines and pharmaceutical products
  • Laboratory analysis
  • Medical and veterinary instruments and apparatus
  • Medical, dental, and hospital equipment and supplies
  • Consulting, research and studies, technical services, and inspection of engineering projects
  • Microorganisms and cellular and biomolecular processes to develop or alter living or non-living materials
  • Physical, engineering, and life sciences
  • Bioinstrumentation
  • Biomaterials
  • Biomechanics
  • Cellular and tissue engineering
  • Clinical engineering
  • Orthopedic bioengineering
  • Rehabilitation engineering
  • Systems physiology
Curriculum Open Accordion

Required course:

Select 3 courses from the following:

Total Credits: 12

Note: Additional coursework may be required due to prerequisites.

Note: This certificate may have courses in common with other graduate certificates. A student may earn more than one certificate, but a given course may be counted toward only one certificate.

How to Apply Open Accordion

Application Deadlines

Fall semester May 15
Spring semester November 15

Start your application online and upload materials directly into the online system. You can save your progress and return any time.

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1Review Admission Requirements

Applicants to this program must have:

  • B.S. in engineering, life sciences, or natural sciences from a regionally accredited institution
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher in engineering or life science courses
  • Calculus 1, 2, and 3
  • Ordinary Differential Equations
  • Physics 1 and 2 (calculus-based preferred)
  • At least one semester of Life Science (biology, physiology, etc.)

Note that meeting the minimum department standards does not ensure admission to the program. Admission to Colorado State University graduate programs is based on a number of factors, including prior academic and professional experience and the personal statement.

2 Prepare Application Materials

While it is not required, it is recommended that you contact us in advance of submitting application materials. Prepare the materials below and upload when you apply online.

Two letters of recommendation

(professional and/or academic)
  • You will provide information about your recommenders in the online application. CSU will contact them with instructions and a link to a secure form they will submit on your behalf.

Statement of purpose

  • Your purpose for pursuing graduate education and how it will contribute to your long-term goals and career plans
  • Why you have selected Colorado State University as the place to pursue your graduate studies
  • A description of teaching, research/creative, or other academic work you have engaged in relevant to the qualifications.

3 Complete Online Application

Complete the online graduate application and pay the nonrefundable application processing fee (payable online). As soon as you have completed the required information, please submit your application. Your application will not be reviewed until it is complete and all required materials have been received.

  • Select “Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering (Certificate) – Distance” when choosing the Program of Study. (Note: You must first select "Certificate" at the top.)

4 Request Transcripts

Request one official transcript from the institution where you earned your bachelor’s degree. Transcripts from Colorado State University are not required. Transcripts must be received directly from the originating institution to be considered official.

Electronic (preferred):
Digital Transcripts must be submitted by the originating institution using a secure service such as parchment, eScrip-Safe, the National Student Clearinghouse, or e-Quals. Transcripts received via emails are considered unofficial.

Use institution code 4075 for Colorado State University or if the secure service requires an email address.

Mail (if necessary)
Graduate Admissions
Colorado State University – Office of Admissions
1062 Campus Delivery
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1062

Check Your Application Status

View your application status at any time to ensure your application checklist is complete or to check on updates.

Once your complete application, including supporting materials, is received, the department admission committee will review your application and notify you of their decision.

For International Applicants

Proof of English language proficiency is required for applicants from countries or United States territories where there are official languages other than (or in addition to) English. This includes the U.S. territories of American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and Puerto Rico.

Learn more about English language proficiency requirements.


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Program Details

$964 per credit
Same in-state tuition for all.
Learn more about financial aid and scholarships Tuition/fees are just part of the cost to attend CSU. Learn more about the full Cost of Attendance
Certificate Awarded
Graduate Certificate in Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering
Time Frame
1 Year
Admission Reqs.
  • B.S. in engineering, life sciences, or natural sciences
  • 3.0 GPA on all undergraduate coursework
  • Calculus 1, 2, 3
  • Ordinary differential equations
  • Physics 1 & 2 (calc-based)
  • At least one semester of Life Science (biology, physiology, etc.)

Application Dates

Fall semester
May 15
Spring semester
November 15

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