The Program

The UNC-NCSU Joint Graduate Certificate in Medical Devices (JGC-MD), linking the School of Medicine at UNC with the College of Engineering at NC State, is patterned after our successful Joint UNC-NCSU BME Graduate Program offering Masters and PhD degrees displaying the seals of both universities. Established in 2003, these joint research degrees are administered by faculty and staff from both universities. The JGC-MD is administered in a similar manner and prepares graduates for careers in the medical device industry. The keystone of the JGC-MD is a sequence of advanced medical device design and development courses (6 credit hours) in which the students interact with a clinicians in the Research Triangle area to conceive, design, and prototype a new medical device that they develop during the course sequence. The students also learn about regulatory requirements, reimbursement constraints, and intellectual property protection. Rounding out the program are two entrepreneurial-oriented business courses that train the students in project management, market assessment, financing options, and the like. To encourage the JGC-MD students to build relationships on both campuses, attendance at ten clinically-oriented seminars is required. Graduates may choose to receive their Certificate at the BME department’s Spring graduation ceremony.

Graduate students, postdocs, and staff on both campuses can apply for this certificate program. Professionals from the local medical technology (MedTech) industry sector may also find this program attractive. Through this program, graduate students, postdocs, faculty, and staff at NC State can interact with the clinical departments at UNC. Opportunities for structured interactions are forged and collaborations can be initiated. Likewise, graduate students, residents, interns, postdocs, faculty, and staff of the clinical and basic science departments at the UNC School of Medicine can interact with engineering graduate students from both UNC and NC State who offer fresh perspectives for solving clinical problems. Medical faculty, interns, and residents can leverage the program to keep abreast of rapid changes in technology. By participating in this program, they can learn new technologies during their interactions with engineering students. The participants in this certificate program can expect to receive attention from the local news media. Reporters are always searching for human-interest stories. Modern technological solutions to important health problems continue to receive wide local and national coverage. We endeavour to make this program very visible to the general public, and specifically to the citizens of North Carolina.
Program Requirements
Credit hours: Twelve, from the approved course lists below.

Courses: Six credit hours of BME advanced medical devices courses (BME/BMME 551, BME 522, BMME Medtech Modules I-IV) and six credit hours of business courses. The approved list of business courses at UNC and NC State are maintained in partnership with the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School and the NCSU College of Management.

At NCSU, the approved courses are:

  • MBA 554 – Project Management
  • MBA 570 – Managing the Growth Venture
  • MBA 576 – Technology Evaluation and Commercialization Concepts
  • MBA 577 – Technology Evaluation and Strategy
  • MBA 585 – Current Topics in BioPharma Management
  • MBA 586 – Legal/Market Dynamics in Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Commerce

At UNC, the approved courses are:

  • MBA 848B – Launching the Venture – Feasibility
  • MBA 848C – Launching the Venture – Business Planning
  • MBA 848D – Launching the Venture – Financing
  • MBA 848E – Launching the Venture – Lean Startup

Minimum grade to receive course credit: C
Credit-only courses: Not allowed.
Transfer credit: None allowed from universities other than UNC and NC State.
Seminar attendance: Ten seminars. Students complete an online survey/report for each seminar attended.
Seminar Credit Appilcation
Presentation: A team project seminar to both campuses using BME’s videoconferencing facilities.
Time limit: Four calendar years.


The program is administered by the JGC-MD Coordinator (appointed by the Deans of Engineering and Medicine).

JGC-MD Coordinator: Andrew J. DiMeo

Admissions Requirements

Enrolled NCSU and UNC graduate students, doctoral candidates and post-docs, as well as part-time and full-time faculty and staff, may apply for the Joint Graduate Certificate. Professionals from the local MedTech sector may also apply. A bachelors degree is required. Preference is given to applicants with scientific and/or engineering backgrounds. We welcome applications from prospective students regardless of age, sex, race, color, national origin, religion, disability, or sexual orientation.

Application Process & Fees

Graduate students, postdocs, and staff at UNC and NCSU apply online through this website hosted by the Joint UNC-NCSU Department of Biomedical Engineering. Professional MedTech students apply through the NCSU Graduate School. Standard UNC and NCSU university tuition and application fees are charged for this program.