About the Master of Biotechnology Degree

The MBIOT degree is a Professional Science Master’s (PSM) degree.  These innovative degrees prepare graduates for science careers in business, government and the non-profit sector, and emphasize advanced scientific knowledge and professional skills such as communication, project development, and commercialization.

Our Biotechnology Industry Advisory Council provides further guidance to ensure our curriculum is responsive to industry needs and works to increase career opportunities for our graduates and the visibility of the program.

Students complete a rigorous curriculum that includes:

  • Molecular biotechnology and genomics
  • Technical writing
  • Semester-long industry internship
  • Hands-on laboratory-based research
  • Bioethics
  • Business courses

An outstanding feature of our program is the completion of an industry internship and the production of a Professional Portfolio, in which the student reflects on skills and competencies obtained through course work, informal learning experiences, and their internship. Students give a public presentation of their internship experience followed by a final oral exam of the portfolio by their faculty committee. Our program also stresses leadership and service in extra-curricular activities appropriate to the field.

Our students are a mixture of U.S. citizens and international students. The students typically have undergraduate degrees in biology, biochemistry, biomedical engineering, genetics or biotechnology. We have approximately equal numbers of males and females, and our students include minorities often under-represented in science and technology professions. Annually our Fall class is about 25 students.