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MA Biotechnology

 Course Level
Masters / PG
Full Time

2 Years
 Start month

 Tuition fee

30220 USD
30220 USD

Application fee

International 105 USD
National 105 USD
Department of Biological Sciences
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7.5
TOEFL-IBT (min)100
TOEFL-PBT (min)600
GRE (avg)315

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About this course

The Biotechnology MA program trains students in modern aspects of molecular biology with a particular emphasis on approaches used in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. The program provides students with an advanced scientific education and prepares them scientifically for diverse careers in the Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical industries. These careers include:

  • research science positions in laboratories applying biotechnology to problems in medicine, industry, and agriculture
  • careers in regulation of drug approval and other biotechnology applications
  • management positions in the biotechnology industry
  • positions at companies that are investing in biotechnology
  • working for law firms in biotechnology

The program is intended for students who would like a career in biotechnology without making the 5-7 year commitment to attain a Ph.D. The biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries are among the largest in the U.S. and there is a great demand for professionals with biotechnology expertise.

Thirty (30) points of coursework plus a Master's thesis are required for the MA in Biotechnology. The thesis includes a review of a topic in biotechnology chosen with the help of a program advisor. An intensive laboratory course in Biotechnology is required to give students hands on experience in biotechnology methods. Elective courses (five or more) are selected according to the student’s specific interests. The program can be completed by full-time students in 1 year including the summer semester or at a reduced pace by part-time students.

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Eligibility Criteria

Applicants should have a Bachelor's degree in biology or a related field. Applicants with a significant background in biology and chemistry, but who have majored in other fields will be considered. However, we require applicants to have taken no less than 4 biology courses, if they do not possess a degree in biology or a related field, in order to be considered a legitimate candidate for admission. Students will be selected for admission based on their academic background as evidenced in grades, recommendations letters, and adequate relevant science expertise.

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Course Modules


The focus of the curriculum is the basic principles of biotechnology and specific applications in various fields. The use of biotechnology to fight disease will be emphasized.

If you would like to know more about the courses listed below, you can view course requirements and syllabi online by clicking on "Courses" in the top right-hand corner. Click here for a list of more approved courses with times, days, etc.

Core Courses

Four core courses are required for all students in the program:

  • Biotechnology (Fall)
  • Drugs & Disease (Fall)
  • Seminar in Biotechnology (Spring; includes advanced topics in biotechnology)
  • Supervised Research in Biotechnology (Summer) / Intensive Laboratory Course (Summer)

Elective Courses

Students will also choose five courses from over 50 electives (17 in the Department of Biological Sciences) relevant to modern biotechnology. The Biological Sciences electives will include courses in molecular and cellular biology, biochemistry, neurobiology, genetics, developmental biology, immunology and cancer research. Electives offered may include:
Entrepreneurship in Biotechnology

  • Biotechnology Law
  • BioPharmaceutical Development & Regulation
  • Molecular Biology of Cancer
  • Cellular Neurobiology
  • Systems Neurobiology
  • Advanced Seminar in Neurobiology
  • Neural Systems: Circuits in the brain
  • Genetics
  • Whole Genome Bioinformatics
  • Cell Biology
  • Molecular Biology of Disease
  • Biology and Physics of Single Molecules
  • Immunology
  • The Cell as a Machine
  • Microbiology and Bioterrorism
  • Origins of Life
  • Biochemistry I: Structure and metabolism
  • Molecular Biology
  • Signal Transduction


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How to Apply

Application Requirements

  • GRE scores are required.
  • three letters of recommendation (professor / research supervisor / employer, etc.)
  • transcripts from all post secondary educational institutions, including non-degreed programs
  • statement of academic purpose
  • TOEFL scores for applicants whose first language is not English, unless you received a Bachelor's degree from an American institution

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