Video on the Biotechnology Program

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Admission Requirements

Applicants must:

  • Complete the online graduate admission application
  • Submit the $50.00 application fee
  • Have earned a baccalaureate or master’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university in a related life sciences discipline and must submit an official transcript from each college or university attended as an undergraduate or graduate student. 
  • Have an overall undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.50 on a 4.00 scale including acceptable grades in science courses.
     
  • Have coursework or training in statistics, or cell biology, genetics, and/or molecular biology must have been successfully completed within the last five years. Applicants may be required to complete additional coursework prior to being permitted to enroll in courses for this graduate program.
  • Submit official test score reports (taken in the last five (5) years) for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) which includes verbal and quantitative reasoning and analytical writing. Preference is given to those applicants with competitive GRE scores (e.g., 150 Math and 150 Verbal with a 3.5 Writing component.)
  • Provide two (2) current letters of recommendation from faculty, supervisors, and/or colleagues.
  • Provide a current resume or curriculum vitae.
  • Submit a 300-word statement of purpose explaining their motivation for seeking this Professional Science Master's degree program.

The admissions committee will begin the review of applicant materials upon receipt of all required documents. Complete applications include: an application form, two current letters of recommendation, GRE test scores, a 300-word personal statement, and all official undergraduate and graduate transcripts.

Program Requirements

Program Requirements

The program requires a minimum of 13 courses: 10 core courses, two elective courses, and one 400-hour industry-based capstone internship course. Students are admitted to the program in the fall semester and are expected to complete the part-time program in 2.5 years (7 semesters – including summer). Students who begin the program but cannot complete the degree requirements with their incoming cohort may, with the guidance and approval of the Program Director, develop an alternative plan for completion. All degree requirements must be completed within six years of entering the program.

Students who enter the program with appropriate graduate credits may, at the discretion of the Program Director, receive transfer credit for up to two (2) courses in the program. However, students cannot receive transfer credit for the capstone internship course.

Undergraduate Prerequisite Courses:

 

Admitted students who do not have coursework or training in statistics, or cell biology, genetics, and/or molecular biology must have been successfully completed within the last five years and may be required to complete undergraduate coursework prior to being permitted to enroll in courses for this graduate program.

EFFECTIVE AS OF THE 2020-2021 GRADUATE CATALOG

Application Deadline

Applications are accepted for enrollment into this program for the fall semester, every year. Completed applications should be on file with the Graduate Admissions Office by July 1st Applications received after this date cannot be guaranteed timely matriculation into the fall semester. The Graduate Admissions Committee will begin review on an application only upon receipt of the official copies of all required documents.

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Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Professional Science Masters Degree in Biotechnology with a concentration in Quality Assurance, students are able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the scientific principles behind the development of biological products, small molecules, and medical devices produced by the life science industries.

  • Apply an understanding of common laboratory techniques used in the production and assay of biological products to roles in quality assurance (QA) and/or project management.

  • Evaluate and coordinate the quality of life science products.

  • Evaluate and coordinate compliance with regulations.

  • Apply knowledge in new and unfamiliar circumstances through a conceptual understanding of relevant disciplines.

  • Adapt and innovate to solve problems and to cope with unforeseen events.

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