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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
  • healthcare
  • management and business administration
  • science education

Program Information

School: School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Program: Biotechnology

Catalog page: MS

Other program information:

International applicants: International applications are accepted during the fall semester only.

If you would like to discuss your interest in the program with a faculty member, please email your phone number and a time we can contact you to

MS in Biotechnology Fact Sheet

Application Requirements

Degree requirements: Bachelor's degree, preferably in science, mathematics, computer science, or engineering. Students intending to do research in computational biology should have some background in mathematics and in programming.

Test score required: Yes

GRE scores of at least 147 verbal and 295 combined are preferred.

Letters of recommendation: Required

Applicants must submit three letters of recommendation from individuals who can judge the candidate’s probability of success in graduate school. Use the electronic request form in the graduate application to submit the letters. Contact the graduate academic program department if you have any questions.

Deadlines: University deadlines apply.


Shawanda Dunagin
800 W. Campbell Road FO31
Richardson, TX 75080-3021
Office: FO3.602

Possible Careers

Cellular biologist, lab assistant, quality control inspector/analyst, teacher, college instructor, academic or industrial scientist/researcher and healthcare professions

Salary Information

See Bureau of Labor Statistics for detailed salary information on these careers. Another great resource is the Occupational Outlook Handbook.