Master of Business Administration Concentration in Biotechnology Operations


The Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) with a concentration in Biotechnology Operations is structured to equip mid-level managers and business professionals for leadership and management roles in the Biotechnology industry. Students learn to link theory with practice, and to recognize the ethical, legal, and multi-disciplinary demands of a business environment that is increasingly global, technology-oriented, and diverse. Framingham State University strives to offer a high quality, cost effective degree taught by seasoned business professionals in a hybrid environment.

The Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) with a concentration in Biotechnology Operations program has three (3) options for students to choose from that fits their individual circumstances best:

  1. Full-time taking three (3) courses per semester over four (4) consecutive semesters (including summer) beginning in the fall semester and completing the program the following fall semester.
  2. Part-time taking two (2) courses per semester over six (6) consecutive semesters (including summer) beginning in the fall semester and completing the program in the fall semester two (2) years later.
  3. Part-time taking one (1) courses per semester over twelve (12) consecutive semesters (including summer) beginning in the fall semester and completing the program in the fall semester four (4) years later.

 (Note: Students have the flexibility to move between options)

After completing this program of study, students will be able to:

  • Integrate theory, economics, and behavioral elements into the strategic goals of an organization.
  • Make decisions using tactical, operational, and strategic business tools in a local and global environment.
  • Explain the importance of the ethical and legal responsibility of business leadership.
  • Utilize sound fiscal management practices in running a business.
  • Demonstrate achievement of business objectives through effective communications.
  • Apply quantitative methods to the analysis of real-world business situations.


Program Requirements

Each Framingham State University course is offered for one (1) course-credit, which is equivalent to four (4) semester hours. The Biotechnology Operations concentration consists of 12-13 courses (or 48-52 semester hours), consisting of (8) Core courses, four (4) Concentration courses and one (1) Pre-Core requirement*.

Prior to enrolling in Core or Concentration courses, students are required to demonstrate proficiency in the following areas: financial accounting, managerial accounting, economics, and statistics. Proficiency may be demonstrated in one of the following ways:

  1. Appropriate undergraduate or graduate coursework completed with a grade of B (3.00) or better earned prior to the date of application to the MBA program. The Admissions Committee will evaluate each applicant’s academic record to determine whether undergraduate proficiency requirements have been met.
  2. Demonstrated proficiency through professional development and experience as evaluated in the applicant’s professional resume.
  3. Students without appropriate prior academic coursework may demonstrate proficiency by taking a College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) test in an appropriate subject area, or may make a written request for a waiver.

*Students who do not meet the proficiency requirements will be required to take the prerequisite course MGMT 905 Analytical Tools for Managers in their first semester, bringing the course requirements to 13 total (52 semester hours).


Biotechnology Operations Concentration:

Pre-Core Requirement* (1)

  • MGMT 905 Analytical Tools for Managers

*This may be waived for candidates who meet the proficiency requirements upon admission.

Core Requirements (8):

  • ECON 923 The Economics of Organizational Design
  • ENTR 920 Intrapreneurship and Entrepreneurship
  • FINA 929 Financial Management
  • MGMT 911 Organization Behavior and Theory
  • MGMT 931 Quantitative Methods for Business and Operations
  • MGMT 918 Managing in a Global Environment
  • MRKT 917 Strategic Marketing

Capstone (1) Requirement:

  • MGMT 989 Strategic Management
    NOTE: Registration for MGMT 989 Strategic Management requires the prior written permission of the Dean of Graduate Studies. Students will not be permitted to fulfill this requirement with a course transferred from another institution.

Biotechnology Operations Concentration Requirements (4)

  • BIOT 966 Ethical Implications of Biotechnology
  • BIOT 903 Drug Development: Process and Regulation
  • MGMT 921 Business Operations Management for Biotechnology
  • MGMT 945 Management and Leadership for Biotechnology

Admission Requirements

Admission to the MBA degree program is available to qualified individuals who hold an undergraduate degree in any major from an accredited college or university. Admission is based on professional work experience, performance in previous college/ university study, assessment of written essays, and appraisal of letters of recommendation.

Applicants are required to submit the following:

  1. A completed Application for Graduate Admission form.
  2. $50.00 application fee
  3. Official copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts (if applicable). Students who have transcripts from outside the United States must have their transcripts evaluated by a Credit Evaluation service and translated into English.
  4. A current professional resume.
  5. TOEFL scores (550 or higher) or IELTS scores (6.5 or higher) are required of applicants seeking admission from non-English speaking countries. The TOEFL or IELTS may be waived if the applicant has successfully completed at least two full academic years in a college/university where the primary instruction is in English.
  6. Two written essays. Each essay should be typed or printed, single spaced and limited to the length indicated. The essay questions are:
  • What would you like the MBA Admissions Committee to know about you? (450-word limit);
  • and either
    • What are your three most substantial achievements and why do you consider them to be substantial achievements? (700-word limit)
    • or
    • What experience in the military, public service, or business do you have? Explain how this experience equips you for the MBA program (700-word limit).

Additional MBA Admission criteria for International 3-year degree holders

From India: Degree must be a Bachelor in Commerce or Business; otherwise a U.S. 4-year Baccalaureate degree equivalent is required.

  1. Official Transcripts must be evaluated by a credential evaluation service and sent to Framingham State University.
  2. The degree granting institution must be accredited from one of the following institutions: National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), National Board of Accreditation (NBA), All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE).
  3. GPA Minimum must be equivalent to a U.S. 3.00 on a 4.00 scale.
  4. Minimum score of 400 on the GMAT or Minimum score of 149 Verbal and 141 Quantitative on the GRE may be required.
  5. Must have a grade of B (3.00) or better in each equivalent course from the following areas: Accounting, Economics, Management, and Statistics.
  6. Minimum TOEFL score of 550 paper based (or 79-80 computer based), or IELTS scores (6.5 or higher).

The MBA Application for Admission is available online here.

Evaluation of applications for admission to this program will begin only when all the required documents have been received.

Framingham State University has a rolling admissions program for the online MBA. However, to ensure timely matriculation, applicants seeking admission for fall should have a complete application on file no later than July 1st. Applicants for spring admission should have a complete application on file no later than December 1st.  Applications completed or received after the due date cannot be guaranteed timely matriculation.

Applications remaining incomplete for over one year will be considered inactive.

Contact the Graduate Admissions office at 508-626-4501.

MBA program advisors are available for consultation about the admission process, program requirements, and course selection. Individuals may make an appointment with an advisor by sending an email to

Students entering the MBA program are to be familiar with and have access to the Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint) or equivalent software that support Microsoft Office Suite formats specified by and acceptable to the faculty. Access to a PC or laptop computer with Internet access and Windows XP or Vista is required in some graduate courses. Framingham State University offers a purchase program for laptops.

Courses before Admission
Students intending to apply for admission to the MBA program are not allowed to enroll in MBA Core courses prior to official admission into the program.

Transfer Credit
Transfer credit for prior graduate coursework completed at another accredited college or university will be considered at the time of MBA admission based on course descriptions and documentation submitted with the student’s application. Courses accepted in transfer must meet the academic criteria established by Framingham State University. A maximum of two (2) graduate courses may be accepted in transfer and applied toward the MBA degree program.

Time Limits for Program Completion
All degree requirements must be met within eight (8) years from the completion date of the first MBA Core or Elective course.

Effective as of the 2020-2021 Graduate Catalog