The Professional Master of Science (PSM) degree is an innovative graduate degree designed to allow students to pursue advanced training and excel in science while simultaneously developing highly-valued business skills without acquiring a PhD or MBA. PSM programs are characterized by instruction in advanced science or mathematics, business courses, and a graduate co-op providing a “real world” work experience. Graduates are referred to as “T-shaped” professionals with both deep knowledge of a specific discipline and broad knowledge of the communications and relational skills necessary to excel in any business and adapt to a changing workplace. The PSM is a non-thesis degree.
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MS in Biotechnology, Biopharmaceutical Analytical Sciences Track
Academic Advisor: Jacqueline Piret, Ph.D. and Steve Cohen, Ph.D.
The biopharmaceutical analytical sciences track focuses on structures and activities of biological molecules and their variants formed during the production of biopharmaceuticals. Students learn the diversity of molecular forms derived from the biological products through various biological and chemical mechanisms, and the impact of these structural changes on the safety and efficacy of these biopharmaceuticals. The students learn the science and practice applied in the biotechnology industry to analyze and characterize these molecular forms. This is accomplished through both lecture courses of the analytical sciences and project-driven laboratory experience that utilizes analytical techniques such as mass spectroscopy and molecular separations.
MS in Biotechnology, Process Sciences Track
Academic Advisor: Jacqueline Piret, PhD. and Steve Cohen, Ph.D.
The process development track focuses on the production of drug substance of biopharmaceuticals from cell culture process to purification of the biologic molecules. The students learn the principles of development and implementation of biological manufacturing processes through the integration of concepts and fundamentals of engineering and life sciences. The track addresses biochemical engineering, mammalian cell culture process development and protein purification. The learning of the students is reinforced by both lecture courses and project-driven laboratory experience that provides hands-on learning of cell culture and protein separation.
MS in Biotechnology, Pharmaceutical Technologies Track
Academic Advisor: Mark Tracy, Ph.D.
The pharmaceutical technology track focuses on the conversion of purified proteins to biopharmaceutical drug products that are compatible for clinical use. This track addresses the design of the product formulation, the development and implementation of the drug product manufacturing processes. Students learn the sciences of the interactions of the biologic molecules in the process conditions and the relevant process technology, such as aseptic operations and freeze-drying, needed for drug product manufacturing. This is accomplished through both lecture courses and project-driven laboratory experience that provides hands-on learning of formulation design and drug product process development.
Industrial Advisory Board representatives from:
EMD Serono Research Institute
Merck Research Laboratories Boston, Merck & Co., Inc.
Novartis Institutes of Biomedical Research, Inc.