Master of Science in Biotechnology

Program Format
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Entry Terms
Fall: Sept. 6, 2017
Spring: Jan. 8, 2018
Summer: May , 2018
Credits Required for Graduation
34 Semester Hours


Why Biotechnology?

Northeastern’s MS in Biotechnology is an innovative, non-thesis graduate degree program. Certified as a Professional Science Master’s program, the curriculum combines advanced interdisciplinary training in biology, chemistry, chemical engineering, and pharmaceutical science with the development of high-value business skills critical to success in today’s dynamic workplace. Graduates are prepared to innovate, collaborate, and lead as research, managerial, or technical professionals in a wide range of biotechnology specialties.

Why Biotechnology at Northeastern?

Technical careers in this biotech industry require interdisciplinary knowledge and skills that are not normally acquired in standard undergraduate or graduate programs in the sciences and engineering. Northeastern responded to this requirement by creating a the interdisciplinary Master of Science in Biotechnology program launched with seed funding from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

The program addresses the workforce needs of the biotech industry through rigorous, interdisciplinary training that includes both course and lab work coupled with an industrial co-op experience.

MS in Biotechnology, Biopharmaceutical Analytical Sciences Concentration

Academic Advisor: Jacqueline Piret, PhD and Steve Cohen, PhD

Available: Boston (On campus), Online*

The biopharmaceutical analytical sciences concentration 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 Concentration

Academic Advisor: Jacqueline Piret, PhD and Steve Cohen, PhD

Available: Boston (On campus), Online*

The process development concentration 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 concentration 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.

*Online degree program requires one two-week, intensive lab conducted on the Boston campus

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