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M.B.E. track in Global Medical Innovation


As the medical technology industry becomes increasingly global with an emphasis on cost-effective health care solutions and clinical outcomes, Rice seeks to prepare engineers for this new and changing environment.


In the fall of 2015, Rice launched a new track with the M.B.E. degree to prepare engineers for careers in medical technology through education in innovation, emerging-market design projects, and internships. The track builds on Rice’s award-winning design facilities at the Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen, the successful history of innovation in the developing world with Rice 360°: Institute for Global Health, and through collaborations with the Texas Medical Center.

The M.B.E. track in the Global Medical Innovation program specifically targets students who have an undergraduate degree in engineering (mechanical, electrical, chemical, or bioengineering/ medical) or a related field, and who are interested in pursuing a career in the private, public, or non-profit sectors of medical technology.

The GMI track curriculum consists of:

Two consecutive semesters of innovation education with integrated emerging-market design projects (18 credits)

An internship, which may be completed during the summer (full-time) or during the fall and winter semesters (part-time). See 2015 GMI internship blog at A group of students selected in the first round of applications traveled to an emerging market for a global design internship during summer 2015. Subsequent students may fulfill this requirement with an industry internship in the summer, or during the fall and winter semesters. This will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Students are responsible for obtaining and selecting an internship that best aligns with their career goals (6 Credits)

One graduate-level course in MATH, CAAM, or STAT (3 credits, 400-level courses may be considered)


One elective graduate-level BIOE course (3 credits)


All students must maintain an average GPA of 3.20 or higher.


Learn more by visiting the GMI Student Blog (see ). If you have additional questions about the Global Medical Innovation track, email

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