Master of Science in Biotechnology

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


The College of Science prepares graduates for the future of work. 95% of our graduates secure employment opportunities soon after completing their degree. (2021 graduate survey data)


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).

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.

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
  • Available on-campus in Boston, MA, Oakland, CA, Portland, ME, Toronto, ON, or online

Tuition and Financing

Get information on program tuition and fees here.

Learn about financing your education here.

Application Deadlines

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  • Online application
  • Application fee
  • All transcripts
  • Personal statement
  • Resumé
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
Learn how you can become part of the next generation of leaders transforming healthcare in our virtual Biotechnology MS Program Overview.
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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 3-8 month (varies across campus locations) 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.

National Professional Science Master’s Association recognition

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