The Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences

Master of Biotechnology

An innovative program integrating rigorous science education with practical understanding of the biotechnology industry and professional development

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The Master of Biotechnology is a professional science master's (PSM), also known as “science plus”,  degree program:  it combines an intensive science-based curriculum with a practical understanding of the many aspects of the biotechnology industry along with effective preparation for entry-level employment and for successful careers thereafter in the very dynamic biotechnology industry.

The program features:

  • Internship/co-op experience in industry, government or other institutions
  • Science-grounded curriculum with breadth and flexibility to allow students to focus on their specific area of interest in biotechnology
  • Intensive laboratory training in molecular biology and biofermentation/bioprocessing
  • On-campus laboratory research experience via individual studies courses
  • Access to a network of industry professionals via the dedicated Biotechnology Advisory Board, industry guest speakers, internship hosts, and program alumni in diverse careers in biotechnology
  • Understanding of the state-of-the-art research in the industry as well as the business, intellectual property, regulatory, legal, ethical and social aspects of biotechnology
  • Dedicated academic advising and a team-building cohort format for new students
  • Access to dedicated on-campus career services, career development programs and career fairs
  • Short-time-to-degree with consistently 100% graduation rate since its launch in Fall 2000
  • Preparation for diverse careers in the biotechnology industry, biopharma, government, and nonprofit institutions, as well as enhanced qualifications for other graduate and professional degrees


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 diverse academic departments and colleges.

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Student testimonials

Christopher Babic"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.

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