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Master of Science (MS) in Biotechnology


Our accelerated Master of Science (MS) in Biotechnology program prepares you for a career in biomedical or medical sciences.

This program is designed for students with a bachelor’s degree in a STEM field who are interested in continuing their science education.

You will receive hands-on laboratory training that will prepare you for careers in research or education. The program is also an excellent stepping stone to pursuing a doctoral degree in research or health care.

There are three program tracks:

  • Preprofessional
  • Research
  • Education (public school teacher)

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Fast Facts: Master of Science in Biotechnology
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Program Type:
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On Campus
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Two Semesters

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Our Approach

You obtain hands-on experience at one of the nation's top academic medical centers, RUSH University Medical Center.

At RUSH, you learn from faculty who practice in their field and are accomplished researchers.

Our hands-on laboratory courses cover leading-edge research methods. Your education also includes interprofessional training to help you learn to work with a multidisciplinary health care team.

You gain certification in Good Laboratory Practices, which involves setting up, maintaining and working in a laboratory under federal regulations.

We cover guidelines for the humane care and use of animals in research.

You will work with live research animals, per Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee protocols, under the guidance of a laboratory animal veterinarian.

We also have a partnership with Kaplan for professional school test prep and classes to deal with test anxiety (MCAT, DAT).


Program Length and Location

This is a two-semester, non-thesis program designed for students who may not want to commit to a traditional two-year master’s program.

Coursework and laboratory training take place on campus. A minimum of 34 credits are required for graduation.


Program Tuition

At RUSH University, we know your education is a big investment. We want to make sure you have all the information to be able to make the best financial decisions for you and your family.

Tuition for the Master of Science in Biotechnology program is $19,983 per term.

There are a limited number of scholarships for the program, including academic and diversity-based scholarships.

Learn about student financial aid options.

Hear From Our Students

Learn about some of our recent students, their experience and why they chose RUSH University.

  • Why RUSH? Danesha Lewis Explains

    Danesha Lewis, a student in the accelerated master’s in biotechnology program at the Graduate College of RUSH University, talks about why she chose to attend RUSH.

  • Why RUSH? Carmen Macias Explains

    Carmen Macias, a student at the Graduate College of RUSH University, talks about why she chose to attend RUSH.

Master of Science in Biotechnology Career Opportunities

There are a variety of career paths for those who earn a master’s in biotechnology:

  • Ninety-five percent of our graduates work at university laboratories and biotechnology or pharmaceutical organizations. Or they pursue advanced degrees in science (PhD) or medicine (MD, DDS, DO, or PharmD).
  • About 60 percent of our graduates go on to medical or dental school.
  • About 20 percent of our graduates go on to a PhD program.
  • Graduates can become laboratory instructors or managers. They may also pursue further education to become high school or college science teachers.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 7% increase in biological laboratory technician jobs from 2018-28, which is faster than average.

The following are some of the more popular types of biotechnology careers:

  • Agricultural engineer
  • Biochemist
  • Biomedical engineer
  • Biotechnology laboratory technician
  • Environmental engineer

Salaries vary depending on a various factors, ranging from $45,000 to well over six figures, according to

Diagram showing a network of career possibilities


Diagram of percentages of students pursuing various career paths

Master of Science in Biotechnology Course Directors
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Admissions Contact Information

(312) 942-3589

Program Director Contact Information

Program Director
Arun Kumar, PhD

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