Master of Science in Biotechnology

Join the forefront of discovery and accelerate your career with a Master’s of Science in Biotechnology. 


Employment in master’s-level occupations is projected to grow by almost 17 percent from 2016 to 2026, the fastest of any education level. (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics).


A master’s degree holder can expect to earn an average of 20 percent more than someone who has only earned their bachelor’s degree. (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2021).


The average U.S. bioscience worker earned nearly $99,000 in 2016, 85% greater than the average for the overall private sector. (BIO, 2018).

Earn your Master's in Biotechnology

Northeastern’s Master of Science in Biotechnology is a professional master’s program, an innovative, nonthesis graduate degree. It combines advanced interdisciplinary training in biotechnology, biology, chemistry, and pharmaceutical sciences with the development of high-value business skills critical to success in today’s dynamic workplace. This program is designed to prepare graduates to innovate, collaborate, and lead as research, managerial, or technical professionals in a wide range of biotechnology specialties. Learn more here

Need more flexibility?

We also offer Graduate Certificates in Biotechnology, Experimental Biotechnology, and Molecular Biotechnology Learn more here.


  • 2-3 years
  • Full-time & part-time offerings
  • On-campus in Boston, Online

How to Apply

Learn more about the application process and requirements here.


Tuition is $56,800 (This is an estimate based on the tuition rates for Academic Year 2020-2021 and does not include any fees or other expenses. Some courses and labs have tuition rates that may increase or decrease total tuition.)

We offer a variety of resources, including scholarships and assistantships.

Learn more about financing your education here.

Application Deadlines

  • Fall Domestic: August 1st
  • Spring Domestic: December 1st
  • Fall International: June 1st
  • Spring International: October 1st
  • International currently on a F1 visa in the US:
    • Fall: July 15th
    • Spring: October 31st


  • Online application
  • Application fee
  • All transcripts
  • Personal statement
  • Resumé
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0

Fall 2021 Biotechnology Graduate Level Courses

Get involved in our research

Our faculty are involved in seven research centers, labs, and institutes focused on biotechnology including Antimicrobial Discovery Center, Barnett Institute of Chemical and Biological Analysis, Center for Pharmaceutical Biotechnology and Nanomedicine. Learn more here.

Delve into your future career path on co-op

Students in the MS in Biotechnology program gain real-world knowledge, awareness, perspective, and confidence during a three- to six-month graduate co-op in industry, academia, or government. As the recognized leader in experiential learning and a trusted source of high-caliber students, Northeastern boasts a network of more than 3,000 public and private sector co-op locations on seven continents. Recent biotechnology co-op placements have included Biogen Idec, EMD Serono/Millipore, Harvard Medical School, Medimmune, Momenta Pharmaceuticals, New England Biolabs, Regeneron, Novartis, and Genzyme, among others. Learn more here.

Career Outlook

Earning a degree at Northeastern opens the door to a network of more than 275,000 alumni and 3,350+ employer partners, including government agencies, Fortune 500 companies, and global nongovernmental organizations. As a result, our community expands continents, furthering our commitment to global, lifelong connections. Learn more here.

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