Master of Science in Biotechnology

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

Overview

Why Biotechnology?

Northeastern’s MS in Biotechnology is a Professional Master of Science (PSM) program, an innovative, non-thesis graduate degree. It combines advanced interdisciplinary training
in biotechnology, biology, chemistry, chemical engineering, and pharmaceutical sciences 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: Concentrations

All students in the MS in Biotechnology complete the same core course requirements in biotechnology and then specialize in one of five concentrations based upon their career interests and plans:

MS in Biotechnology, Molecular Biotechnology Concentration

Available: on ground Boston and Silicon Valley, online*

The molecular biotechnology concentration provides students with instructive and practical knowledge in molecular biotechnology, protein expression, and structural biology. Students learn how to generate and optimize molecular forms used to express recombinant proteins to be used as biopharmaceuticals.  Particular attention is paid to cutting-edge technologies such as RNAi and CRISPR/CAS9. In addition, students learn how to purify biopharmaceuticals and analyze aggregation and how to prevent it.

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

Available: on ground Boston and Silicon Valley, online*

The process development concentration focuses on the production of drug substance of biopharmaceuticals from cell culture process to purification of the biologic molecules. Students learn the principles of development and implementation of biological manufacturing processes through the integration of engineering and life sciences fundamentals. The concentration addresses biochemical engineering, mammalian cell culture process development and protein purification. Learning is reinforced by both lecture courses and project-driven laboratory experience of cell cultures and protein separation.

MS in Biotechnology, Biopharmaceutical Analytical Sciences Concentration

Available: on ground Boston and Silicon Valley, 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 mechanisms, and the impact of these structural changes on the safety and efficacy of these biopharmaceuticals. These molecular forms are analyzed and characterized with application to the biotechnology industry. 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, Pharmaceutical Technologies Concentration

Available: on ground Boston and Silicon Valley

The pharmaceutical technology 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, with development and implementation of the drug product manufacturing processes. Students learn the interactions of the biologic molecules in the process conditions and 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, Biotechnology Enterprise Concentration

Available: on ground Boston and Silicon Valley, online

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.

*Online program requires a two-week, intensive lab conducted on ground at Boston or Silicon Valley campus.

 

Graduate Certificates in Biotechnology:
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  • Graduate Certificate in Biotechnology
  • Graduate Certificate in Experimental Biotechnology
  • Graduate Certificate in Molecular Biotechnology
  • Graduate Certificate in Process Sciences
  • Graduate Certificate in Biopharmaceutical Analytical Sciences
  • Graduate Certificate in Pharmaceutical Technologies
  • Graduate Certificate in Biotechnology Enterprise

 


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