Master of Science in Biotechnology


The Master of Science in Biotechnology degree program is intended to prepare students for careers in biotechnology and biomedicine and to assist currently employed professionals in enhancing their career opportunities.

Biotechnology captures the exciting opportunities made possible by the decoding of the human genome and by the advances in bioanalytical instrumentation. The field is projected for continued rapid growth. The MS in biotechnology is designed so that students may enter the program with a wide range of prior disciplinary backgrounds, prepare for and take the four core courses and, by choice from a wide range of approved electives, tailor the remainder of the degree program to their career opportunities. In this manner, students may develop areas of additional depth in fields such as:

  • Molecular and Cell Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Research
  • Engineering and Computer Science
  • Health Care
  • Management and Business Administration
  • Science Education

Career Options

Graduates of the program seek positions such as: lab technician, quality control inspector and analyst, teacher, college instructor, academic or industrial scientist/researcher and healthcare professional.

Application Requirements

Degree requirements: The program is open to all students who hold a bachelor's degree, although those with laboratory science, mathematics, computer science, or engineering degrees are particularly encouraged to apply. In general, students will not be admitted to the MS in Biotechnology program if they require more than two courses in order to be ready to take the core courses.

Test score required: Yes

A minimum GRE score of 295 (verbal plus quantitative) with a minimum of 147 for the verbal component is required.

Deadlines: University deadlines apply.  Fall admission only.