The world is counting on us.
Biotechnology is considered an explosive and new industrial frontier. Yet we’ve been practicing it for as long as we’ve been baking bread and enjoying cheese and beer.
Today, we continue to capitalize on nature’s toolbox to enrich our lives, whether we are harnessing cellular processes to create life-saving vaccines, using biofuels to rescue our planet, or solving hunger with enhanced food nutrients.
Recent biotechnological advances are addressing our world’s most pressing challenges and every day, scientists come closer to even more breakthroughs that help us to live longer and healthier lives.
Our interdisciplinary biotechnology program combines advanced training in biology, chemistry, chemical engineering, and pharmaceutical sciences with critical business skills to bring you to the forefront of discovery and innovation and accelerate your career. Our skill-based, stackable, credentials create problem solvers and critical thinkers.
*Prerequisite Courses for MS in Biotechnology
Applicants are required to have completed at least one undergraduate-level course in biochemistry, organic chemistry, and/advanced biology (such as molecular biology/genetics/advanced physiology). It is also highly recommended that applicants complete at least one course in college-level calculus and one course in statistics.
Real World Industry Experience
Northeastern’s biotechnology students benefit from our extensive network of industry partners in Boston, the San Francisco Bay Area, Toronto, and around the globe. Masters degree students complete either a 3-6 month co-op work experience or participate in an industry-based independent project, providing an invaluable opportunity to gain professional training within the commercial sector.
14% expected national growth in graduate-level biotechnology job postings by 2022 (US Bureau of Labor Statistics).
Fall – Rolling Admissions
- 6/1 International
- 7/15 International F1
- 8/1 Domestic
- 10/1 International
- 10/31 International F1
- 1/1 Domestic
- Agricultural Biotechnology Concentration
- Biodefense Concentration
- Molecular Biotechnology
- Process Science
- Biopharmaceutical Analytical Sciences
- Pharmaceutical Technologies
- Biotechnology Regulatory Science
- Scientific Information Management
- Manufacturing and Quality Operations
- Biotechnology Enterprise
- Electives Option (no concentration)
Capitalize on the explosive growth and career opportunities in the biotechnology field. In just one year, you can earn your master’s degree through this uniquely Northeastern, intensive, work-based, experience-driven program.
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Introduces selected key skills and techniques central to life sciences research. Laboratory exercises highlight the importance of precision/accuracy in dispensation of liquids and in the preparation of solutions and standards, documentation and record keeping, and maintaining a safe and sterile work environment while performing scientific research.
Introduces the uses of molecular biology in a biotechnology setting, including state-of-the-art molecular biology applications such as: stability and expression of cloned gene products, gene cloning strategies, transgenic species, mutation creation and analysis, DNA fingerprinting, PCR technology, microarray technology, gene probes, gene targeting, gene therapy, stem cell technology, antisense RNA, CAR T-cell therapy, RNA interference, and CRISPR/Cas9.
Presents a laboratory course in biotechnology with a focus on cutting-edge instrumentation that is currently used in the field. Directs special attention at the practical aspects of laboratory work in this field, for example, techniques in sample preparation, procedures for protein analysis, and new bioinformatic approaches. Focuses on the emerging field of chemiproteomics, which is the study of the interaction of small molecules with the proteome, that is, the full complement of proteins expressed in an individual cell or organism. Exposes the student to hands-on experience with modern instrumentation, such as mass spectrometry and high performance liquid chromatography.