The graduate certificate in biopharmaceutical analytical sciences has been designed in response to a need in the biotechnology industry for individuals with an advanced knowledge of the principles and practices of state-of-the-art analyses of protein structures with focus on the characterization and quantification of proteins and variant derivatives. The certificate will provide an opportunity for individuals, particularly those who are working in the various sectors of biotechnology including basic research of biological systems, discovery, development and manufacturing of biopharmaceuticals, to enhance their competency and practical skills enabling them to increase productivity and further contribute to their professions.

The certificate consists of four courses totaling 12SH credits. There are three lecture courses: CHEM5550 Introduction to Glycobiology and Glycoprotein Analysis, CHEM5660 Analytical Biochemistry, and CHEM5616 Protein Mass Spectrometry, all taught at the Boston campus. There is one hands-on lab course – CHEM5617 Protein Mass Spectrometry Laboratory. Students entering the certificate program in Fall 2014 will complete the program in two semesters.

Course Descriptions
Curriculum Map for Students Entering AY14/15

The certificate may serve as a gateway to the MS in Biotechnology Program. Individuals who successfully complete the certificate, then apply to the MS in Biotechnology Program and are accepted, may apply all 12 credits towards the degree program.

To qualify for application, individuals must be eligible to study in the U.S. on a part-time basis.

Applicants to the Graduate Certificate in Biopharmaceutical Analytical Sciences must have a baccalaureate (bachelor’s) degree equivalent to a US bachelor’s degree in biology, chemistry, chemical or biochemical engineering, pharmaceutical science, or a related discipline from an accredited college or university.

  • Application (online submission only), personal goal statement, resume
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate 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.
  • Two letters of recommendation. (Recommendations cannot be submitted via Interfolio or any third party.)
  • For international applicants, TOEFL (send score reports to College of Science, code 3682), IELTS test, or PTE test. International applicants must demonstrate proficiency in writing and speaking English with a minimal TOEFL score of 100 for the Internet-based test, minimum IELTS score of 7.0, or minimum PTE score of 68. International applicants residing in countries where English is not a first language are required to take the TOEFL or IELTS. International applicants residing in countries where English is a first language are required to take the TOEFL or IELTS if their native language is not English. The English language requirement will be waived for international applicants who hold an undergraduate or graduate degree from a US institution.

Admissions Deadlines for Graduate Certificate in Biopharmaceutical Analytical Sciences
Applications to the graduate certificate program are accepted for both Fall and Spring semesters  The application deadline for Fall 2015 is August 25, 2015. The application deadline for Spring 2016 is December 15, 2015. All required material must be postmarked and the application package must be complete by the deadline. Complete applications will be reviewed as they are received.

All applications to the the Graduate Certificate in Biopharmaceutical Analytical Sciences are processed through the College of Science Graduate Admissions Office and all pieces of the application package must be submitted to that office.

Please note:
 The College of Science reserves the right to withdraw an offer of admission at any time prior to or after enrollment if one or more of the following occur:

1)  There is a discrepancy between the unofficial or self-reported transcript  and/or test scores submitted at the time of application and the official transcripts and/or  test scores received by the College of Science.
2)  Applicant does not submit final transcript showing conferral of a bachelor’s, master’s, first professional  or equivalent degree from an accredited institution within 30 days of matriculation.
3)  Transcript evaluation indicates that the degree received is not equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s, master’s, or first professional  degree from an accredited institution.
4)  Applicant fails to meet the deadlines and/or other credential requirements of the degree program to which applicant applied.