Master of Science in Biotechnology

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Credits Required for Graduation
34 total semester hours required

Overview

Northeastern’s Biotechnology Programs are comprised of the Master of Science (MS) in Biotechnology and seven graduate stackable certificates*. The MS in Biotechnology is a Professional Science Master’s (PSM) program, an innovative, non-thesis graduate degree program. 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.

Northeastern’s Biotechnology Programs are comprised of the Master of Science (MS) in Biotechnology and seven graduate stackable certificates*. The MS in Biotechnology is a Professional Science Master’s (PSM) program, an innovative, non-thesis graduate degree program. 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.

Students who have completed up to two certificates* may apply those credits to the Masters. MS graduates are eligible to apply for certificates not in the subject of their MS concentration.

*Please note that some graduate certificates are only available on-ground at the Boston campus.

Who Should Apply

The MS in Biotechnology is well-suited for students right out of college or students who are looking to advance their career and have been working for several years. Students pursue the MS degree for multiple reasons including personal satisfaction, career advancement, moving to a managerial role, enhance their salary and to change specificities in the field.

The program is designed for students of diverse academic backgrounds to be successful. A typical student has a strong Chemistry, Biochemistry, or Biology background; however, other engineers, sciences, and humanity majors can be successful. Upon graduation students are team leaders or lead researchers; we typically have a 95% placement rate within 6 months of graduation.

*As of Fall 2018, the San Francisco location is only accepting domestic students.  International students can enroll in the programs at the Silicon Valley campus in San Jose, CA.

Employment in the Biotech Industry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source: Research and Development in Biotechnology (NAICS 541711)

Program Highlights

Core courses and electives are in biotechnology, biology, biostatistics, business, chemical engineering, and chemistry. Students choose from five concentrations in which core courses are combined with elective study matched with their specialization. All science concentrations give students the opportunity to participate in hands-on lab experience and take part in independent work in research labs. All concentrations feature a co-op assignment with a leading industry employer. Current program concentrations include:

Molecular Biotechnology – Integrates biochemistry and molecular biology in the cellular context. Includes the organization and replication of genomes, principles and methods for genetic manipulation, the regulation of gene expression, and the structure and function of organelles. Emphasizes protein synthesis, including translation, post-translational modifications, and translocations of proteins within the cells and secretion.

Process Sciences – 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

Biopharmaceutical Analytics – 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.

Pharmaceutical Technologies – Focuses on the conversion of purified proteins to biopharmaceutical drug products that are compatible for clinical use. This concentration addresses the design of the product formulation, and 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.

Biotechnology Enterprise – Integrates business and management skills with the science of biotechnology. Students learn the fundamental concepts of leadership, entrepreneurship and innovation, financial decision making, and marketing. They gain teamwork, management, and business development skills in the process and graduate prepared to become scientist-managers. Some of the specialization courses for this concentration are offered only online.

Industry Overview
After New England, the San Francisco Bay Area is the 2nd highest region for innovation capital raised in the biotech sector as of 2016 according to EY’s report “Biotechnology Report 2017: Beyond Borders Staying the Course”.

Certificates

Certificates are targeted to those who want to advance their careers without getting a master’s degree.

Click here to learn more about available certificates

Micro Credentials in Biotechnology

The every changing landscape of the Biotechnology field requires constant training. This mini-course is designed to familiarize participants with some of the most cutting-edge topics available in molecular biology today: stem cells, RNA interference, CRISPR/CAS9, CAR T-cells, gene therapy, and more. Participants will learn the theory behind these new technologies, how they are done, and their power in scientific discovery and treatment.

See Micro Credentials in Cell Therapies and Biopharmaceutical Technologies.

Career Outlook

Graduates are prepared to innovate, collaborate, and lead as research, managerial, or technical professionals in a wide range of biotechnology specialties.

The multi-billion-dollar biotechnology industry is diverse, growing, and filled with opportunity. Individuals with advanced scientific knowledge, intellectual flexibility, drive, and professional skills can pursue paths of innovation with the potential to meet critical healthcare and environmental challenges—and to change lives. The industry’s unparalleled growth is projected to continue in the coming years. The result is an ongoing expansion of career opportunities on every level and in every industry sector, from large pharmaceutical operations to entrepreneurial biotechnology start-ups.

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