The Master’s degree program in Medical Devices Engineering allows participants to deepen and update their knowledge in the areas of manufacturing processes and characterization of materials. The curriculum combines optimal management techniques with the use of engineering software in the manufacturing of medical devices, focusing on failure analyses, problem solving and materials research.

Professional profile

Graduates of the program will be able to innovate in the design and manufacture of medical devices, and to improve the quality of production lines from the perspective of of materials and process management.


  • Bachelor's degree in an area of ​​engineering or health sciences, preferably with an academic licentiate’s degree and / or experience in the medical devices sector.
  • Practical English language proficiency.
  • Curriculum vitae, university degree and certified transcript of the last academic degree obtained, with weighted grade point average.
  • Essay describing the applicant’s reasons for wishing to participate in the program.
  • Two letters of recommendation.
  • Interview by the Admissions Commission.
  • Desirable: Knowledge of statistics and 3D design.


Cost per credit 2020: ₡90,000 + 2%VAT (total: 60 credits)

Total cost of the program: ₡5,520,000 +2% VAT (including enrollment, student ID card, student welfare fee, and health insurance for 2 years).


2021-2022 School year


November 2020.

Differentiator elements

This program is unique in the continent because of its approach to materials engineering applied to production processes of medical devices.

It focuses on knowledge about the materials used in the manufacturing of the devices. Currently, a critical factor in determining the competitiveness of medical products is a design that uses materials with better mechanical and biocompatibility properties, making the use of the products more economical.

The TEC teaching staff has extensive experience in the use of state-of-the-art equipment for characterization of materials, which they share with program participants.

In addition, there are courses taught by professors from the University of Minnesota and the Universidad de Zaragoza, both in classroom sessions and through the online Webex platform.

Research centers and laboratories with which the program works include:

Criterios de selección

  • Student profile.
  • Professional experience.
  • Certified transcript.
  • Interview, when required.

Study plan

Options: Professional and Academic programs.

Duration: 2 years

Format: Bimonthly.

Schedule for classroom sessions: Fridays from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 12:30 noon. Coyol Free Zone and the Cartago campus, combined with web sessions through the Adobe Connect platform to minimize the impact of student commuting during peak traffic hours.


Typical graduate student tasks: content is delivered through group activities in the courses; reading assigned material before the class is strongly encouraged.

Three of the 12 courses are taught by professors from the University of Minnesota (Innovation, Regulation, and Macro-Environment of the Medical Device industry).

One of the courses is taught by a professor from the University of Zaragoza (Polymer Processing).

In addition, Packaging and Sterilization, CAD, CAE and CAM Tools, Prototype Design and Manufacturing, and Failure Analysis courses are taught by engineers who are experts in the material and work in the medical device industry.

The description of the courses by area is available at this link.

    Graduation requirements

    • Completion of the program of study.
    • Successful oral defense of the Graduation Project.
    • Presentation of the functional prototype of the Project.
    • Submission of a scientific article in English.
    • Submission of the final Project report.
    • No pending commitments or academic sanctions with the university.