Master of Science in Biotechnology Program Details

Biotechnology program highlights

Our program helps you to develop a wide range of knowledge and skills:

  • Study comprehensive course work in the life sciences, including biochemistry, molecular genetics, cell and tissue biology, systems physiology and pharmacology
  • Learn basic research skills including research design, data management, scientific writing and application of the latest techniques and methods to research
  • Gain certification in Good Laboratory Practices, which involves setting up, maintaining and working in a laboratory under federal regulations
  • Develop communication and management skills in the laboratory environment
  • Participate in interprofessional teams to learn the skills to be a valuable member of these teams
  • Prepare for additional studies in science or medicine

See full program curriculum.

Biotechnology graduate career options

  • Employment opportunities for scientists are expected to increase for the next several years, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.
  • Ninety-five percent of our graduates find work at university laboratories and biotechnology or pharmaceutical organizations or 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, and they may also pursue further education to become high school or college science teachers.

Where alumni work

Biomedical research is rewarding and exciting because scientists significantly contribute to the wide-ranging and influential field of biomedical sciences. Whether you ultimately decide to pursue an advanced degree in science or medicine, join a university laboratory, or become employed in a pharmaceutical or biotechnology organization, you will have the opportunity to play an integral role in this growing and expansive field. Many students utilize this program to earn a master’s degree while also learning about their future career options.


View our Master of Science in Biotechnology Booklet

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600 S. Paulina St., Suite 438
Armour Academic Center
Chicago, IL  60612

Phone:  (312) 942-3589

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