Why a Professional Master of Science Degree?
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.
Why the PlusOne Program?
The PlusOne Program allows students to accelerate their study by applying graduate credits taken as an undergraduate toward both an undergraduate and a graduate degree.
There are several main reasons why this option might be right for you.
Professionals with graduate level experience are likely to be more competitive upon entering the workforce.
The PSM in Biotechnology combines advanced technical courses with a significant component of business courses preparing for work in the biotechnology industrial setting. A PlusOne degree program can accelerate receipt of a graduate degree and reduce its cost, since in most cases, a PlusOne degree student can earn a graduate degree with only one additional year of study beyond the Bachelor’s.
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Admissions Requirements and Deadlines
- Applicants must already be enrolled in a Northeastern College of Science undergraduate biology or biochemistry program
- Application (online submission only), personal goal statement, resume, pre-requisite form
- Official transcripts of all undergraduate study (Northeastern transcripts must be requested by the applicant). Applicants who have been accepted and enrolled must submit official non-US institution transcripts to Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) or Center for Educational Documentation or World Education Services (WES) for credentialing. Transcripts not in English must be credentialed at the time of application.
- Three letters of recommendation
- The application deadline for Fall 2015 is August 1, 2015 and for Spring 2016 is December 1, 2015. Applicants must apply in their 5th or 6th undergraduate semester.
MS in Biotechnology, Biopharmaceutical Analytical Sciences Track
Academic Advisor: Jacqueline Piret, Ph.D. and Steve Cohen, 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.
MS in Biotechnology, Process Sciences Track
Academic Advisor: Jacqueline Piret, Ph.D., and Steve Cohen, Ph.D.
The process development track integrates concepts and fundamentals of chemical engineering and biological science with the development and optimization of biological manufacturing processes. The track addresses biochemical engineering, mammalian cell culture process development and protein purification. These topics are applied to the design and development processes that surround the production of biologics. Students also hone their bio-analytical skills with hands-on applications laboratory experience and courses devoted to advanced biometrics and statistical methods used in interpreting data that describes the bioprocesses and biopharmaceuticals that are produced in those bioprocesses.
MS in Biotechnology, Pharmaceutical Technologies Track
Academic Advisor: Mark Tracy, Ph.D.
The pharmaceutical track prepares students for careers in biopharmaceutical discovery, development, production and formulation. Students learn about the biotechnological processes that turn the products of the bioreactors into safe, stable and efficacious drugs. They learn how to isolate, purify, characterize and formulate biopharmaceuticals and how to apply an understanding of the substance structures, at the molecular level, to their pharmaceutical activity at the cellular and organismal level. Students acquire fundamental knowledge of biopharmaceutics, biochemistry and microbiology and apply that knowledge to developing biopharmaceutical “best practice” models. They also hone their bio-analytical skills with hands-on applications laboratory experience and courses devoted to advanced biometrics and statistical methods for designing experiments and interpreting the resulting data.
Industrial Advisory Board representatives from:
EMD Serono Research Institute
Merck Research Laboratories Boston, Merck & Co., Inc.
Novartis Institutes of Biomedical Research, Inc.