The Master of Biotechnology Degree Program seeks to provide students with broad training, and education in important core aspects of biotechnology:
- Scientific principles and knowledge underlying biotechnological advances
- Basic laboratory techniques in biotechnology research and development
- Legal and intellectual property issues
- Business and entrepreneurship skills and attributes
- Ethical and social issues
…all these through innovative, hands-on, and multidisciplinary learning approaches in an environment that encourages teamworking and self-confident expression of ideas.
A small cohort of students is admitted each Fall. More about admission requirements
Each student can choose to follow one of three alternative tracks: agricultural applications, medical applications, or a diversified track. The curriculum is designed for degree completion in one and a half years and includes a research internship either in an academic laboratory or in industry. More about the program of study
The program is offered by the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in collaboration with the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences. The graduate faculty is multidisciplinary, consisting of faculty members from a range of academic departments and colleges.
"Completing the Master of Biotech program at Penn State was the best decision I have made in my academic/ professional career. The program provides not only the opportunity for extensive, cutting edge scientific training, but also the opportunity to examine the legal, social, and economical sides of biotech. My experience in the program has given me a well-rounded knowledge of the scientific world, as well as marketable skills that are invaluable to anyone entering the field of biotech. I would highly recommend this program to anyone, including non-science majors, thinking of a career in the field of biotechnology".
Christopher Babic, Class of 2004.