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.
*Prerequisite Courses for MS in Biotechnology
Applicants are required to have completed at least one undergraduate-level course in biochemistry, organic chemistry, and/or molecular biology/genetics/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, 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.
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.
Covers the development and implementation of the drug product manufacturing process for biopharmaceuticals. Topics include the preformulation process for early stage product development, the selection of formulation compatible with the targeted product presentation, optimization of formulations to meet stability and usage objectives, the design of a scalable process for production, large-scale process equipment and operations, process scale-up considerations, and regulatory compliance issues for drug product manufacturing facilities and operations.
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
- 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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