The MS in Biotechnology program was created to respond to regional and national needs for a stronger scientific workforce by preparing our students with the biotechnology expertise and professional skills they need to be immediately productive in industrial, governmental, and clinical settings.
Northeastern’s MS in Biotechnology is an innovative, non-thesis graduate degree program. The curriculum of this Professional Science Master’s 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. The program is taught by respected faculty who are also senior leaders in their fields. They bring extensive experience, first-hand knowledge of industry trends, and assure that the curriculum is rigorous, current, and relevant.
Students choose from concentrations in which core courses are combined with specialization and elective study. All concentrations feature a co-op work experience with an industry, academic or government employer. All concentrations except the biotechnology enterprise concentration include a hands-on lab experience and opportunities to take part in independent work in research labs. The following concentrations are available on our Boston campus:
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.
The biotechnology enterprise concentration 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.
The pharmaceutical technologies concentration 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.
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.
- Boston location is known for world-class biomedical research, life science innovation, pharmaceutical corporations, and biotech companies—large and small.
- Four available concentrations
- Industry aligned faculty
- Opportunities to participate in hands-on lab experience
- Co-op real world work experience with a leading industry, academic, or government employer
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.
Vasudev J., Program Graduate
Greg Zarbis-Papastoitsis, Lecturer
Dr. Jared Auclair, Academic Director, Biotechnology
For Domestic Applicants:
Fall Term: Full-time/Part-time On-Ground and Online Programs: August 1st
Spring Term: Full-time/Part-time On-Ground and Online Programs: December 1st
For International Applicants:
Full-time On-Ground program for International Students: May 1st
Full-time/Part-time Online Program for International Students: August 1st
Full-time On-Ground Program for International Students: October 15th
Full-time/Part-time Online Program for International Students: December 1st
- Online Application
- $75 application fee
- Personal Statement
- Three letters of recommendation
- Unofficial Transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate study*
- Recommended 3.0 GPA from undergraduate institution
- Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent in Biology, Chemistry, Chemical or Biochemical Engineering, Pharmaceutical Science, or a related discipline from an accredited college or university.
- Pre-requisite form and successful completion of the following prerequisite courses
- Biochemistry: course completed by 12/31 for fall admission or 12/31 or prior to BIOT 6299 for spring admission
- Molecular Biology, Genetics, OR Physiology: course completed by the end of second semester
- Organic Chemistry: course completed by the end of second semester
- Highly recommended courses: College-Level Calculus and Statistics
- Official TOEFL, IELTS or PTE scores for Non-Native English speaking applicants (English language requirement waived for international applicants that hold an undergraduate or graduate degree from a US institution)
- *Official transcripts are required for students that are accepted. Transcripts from Non-US institutions need to be credentialed by World Education Services, Center for Educational Documentation or Educational Credential Evaluators.
Choose one from the following:
Elective (3 credit hours)
Elective (3 credit hours)
Elective (3 credit hours)
Elective (3 credit hours)
Students in the MS in Biotechnology program gain real-world knowledge, awareness, perspective, and confidence during a three- to six-month graduate co-op in industry or academia. As the recognized leader in experiential learning and a trusted source of high-caliber students, Northeastern boasts a network of more than 3,000 public and private sector co-op locations on seven continents. Recent biotechnology co-op placements have included Biogen Idec, EMD Serono/Millipore, Harvard Medical School, Medimmune, Momenta Pharmaceuticals, New England Biolabs, Regeneron, Novartis, and Genzyme, among others.
Our faculty represents a wide cross-section of professional practices and in fields ranging from finance to education to biomedical science to management to the U.S. military. They serve as mentors and advisors, and collaborate alongside students to solve the most pressing global challenges facing established and emerging markets.
By enrolling in Northeastern, you gain access to a network of more than 230,000 alumni and 3,000 employer partners, including Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, and global NGOs. Our current students and faculty across strategically located regional campuses further foster that lifelong global community of learning and mentoring.
Below is a look at where our Science & Mathematics alumni work, the positions they hold, and the skills they bring to their organization.
Where They Work
- State Street
- Liberty Mutual Insurance
What They Do
- Business Development
- Information Technology
What They're Skilled At
- Project Management
- Data Analysis
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