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Accelerated Bachelor's to Master's Bioengineering Program

In partnership with the School of Engineering and Applied Science at University of Pennsylvania, the Accelerated Bachelor's to Master's in Bioengineering allows La Salle students to work towards a master’s degree in Bioengineering while they are undergraduates.

La Salle University Partership with University of Pennsylvania

Junior students at La Salle who are majoring in natural and physical science and math programs are eligible for admission into the University of Pennsylvania’s Accelerated Master’s in Bioengineering program and may enroll in courses at Penn that meet criteria for undergraduate and graduate programs at La Salle and Penn, respectively.

Program Highlights
  • Students enroll in University of Pennsylvania’s Accelerated Master’s in Bioengineering program while pursuing their bachelor’s degree
  • No additional cost to the student beyond their normal La Salle tuition while enrolled at La Salle
  • Simpler admissions – no standard tests or extensive application
  • Students can double count three Penn Graduate courses for both Penn and La Salle degrees
  • Access to summer internships and fellowships
  • Mentorship, professional development, and research opportunities
Pathways for Underclassmen

To prepare to enter the accelerated program, freshmen and sophomore students may chose a four-course concentration in BioDesign, an emerging, integrated discipline drawing on design thinking, biology, engineering, and entrepreneurship to develop products and technologies that address unmet healthcare needs.

After Graduation

A Master’s Degree in Bioengineering opens the door to careers in which graduates:

  • Manage research and development in biotech, pharma, and device companies
  • Evaluate new medical technologies for a venture capital firm
  • Form start-up companies
  • Pursue academic research and teaching
  • Become physicians (careers in medicine are common, but not a majority)
  • Consulting, Law

To apply to the program, students must have a cumulative GPA no lower than 3.0, as well as a minimum 3.0 GPA in all math, science, and engineering courses.

In order to complete the master’s program at Penn, students must graduate and receive their bachelor’s degree from La Salle University at the end of their fourth year, and complete 10 credits beyond their undergraduate coursework:

  • 1 Math
  • 1 BioScience
  • 3 Engineering
  • 4 Technical Course
  • 1 Elective

Three courses will serve as bridge courses and will count towards an undergraduate degree La Salle and the graduate degree at Penn and are taken at no additional charge above the regular La Salle tuition price.

More Information

For more information on applying to the program, please contact:

Stefan Samulewicz, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Departments of Biology and Integrated Science, Business & Technology

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