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Accelerate your future with a one-year master’s degree in biotechnology
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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.

Degree Options

The Minds Behind COS Biotechnology
Faculty Spotlight
Jared Auclair
Northeastern researcher and Director of BATL, Dr. Jared Auclair trains regulators around the world to speed up the approval of new drug treatments.
Alexandros Makriyannis
Makriyannis leads the Center for Drug Discovery, working to develop novel medications and creating technologies aimed at improving the discovery of new therapeutic drugs.
Slava Epstein
Epstein, a professor of biology, is pioneering technology that will advance antiobiotic discovery .

Faculty Research

Center for Pharmaceutical Biotechnology and Nanomedicine
Research at this center includes pharmaceutical nanocarriers, controlled drug and gene delivery, drug targeting, intracellular targeting, experimental medical imaging, and cancer immunology, and train young researches in these areas.
Barnett Institute of Chemical and Biological Analysis
The Institute was established in 1973 as a center for advanced interdisciplinary research in the chemical analysis sciences at Northeastern University, in the educational hub of Boston, Massachusetts. Today, with over 50 scientists and an $8 million endowment, the Institute is recognized internatio..
Antimicrobial Discovery Center
The Center translates basic discoveries into novel antimicrobial therapies to combat Biowarfare and conventional pathogen threats. The rise of multidrug resistant pathogens and the threat of genetically engineered bioweapons represent an urgent need for antimicrobial therapies. The Center is funded..
Center for Complex Network Research (CCNR)
The Center’s objective is simple: think networks. Research focuses on how networks emerge/evolve, how they look, and how they impact our understanding of complex systems. CCNR’s research has developed to unexpected areas, including the topology of the World Wide Web; complex networks inside th..
Center for Translational NeuroImaging
The Center for Translational NeuroImaging endeavors to provide services to the academic community interested in  animal modeling and drug testing to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of CNS diseases. The Center is also committed to training the next generation of imaging scientists to meet the n..
Biopharmaceutical Analysis Training Lab (BATL)
Directed by Dr. Jared Auclair, BATL is a state-of-the-art facility offering a unique hands-on training opportunity to the pharmaceutical industry in form of affordable, practical and comprehensive courses. Experienced faculty and staff provide in-depth knowledge applicable to the lab environment.
New England Inflammation and Tissue Protection Institute
This institute focuses on the role of tissue inflammation in fighting disease and infection, and the mechanisms that control tissue inflammation in the body. The Institute’s work has immediate implications for anti-cancer strategies and approaches to improved vaccines.
Biotechnology Quick Facts
Of students land industry-related jobs following graduation

14% expected national growth in graduate-level biotechnology job postings by 2022 (US Bureau of Labor Statistics).

Admission Deadlines

Fall – Rolling Admissions

  • 6/1 International
  • 7/15 International F1
  • 8/1 Domestic


  • 10/1 International
  • 10/31 International F1
  • 1/1 Domestic
10 Concentrations for Further Specialization
  • 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)
Average annual salary for biotechnological scientists in 2020 (Payscale)
1 Year Accelerated Experiential MS Biotechnology

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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Coursework and Requirements
A sampling of the types of courses you could take here.
Basic Biotechnology Lab Skills
BIOT 5145

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.

Cutting Edge Applications in Molecular Biotechnology
BIOT 5810

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.

Biotech Applications Lab
BIOT 7245

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.

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