Master of Science in Biotechnology Program College of Science Northeastern University

Master of Science in Biotechnology Program College of Science Northeastern University

Boston, MA
student ratio
total students
Not Reported
average amount to complete degree
February 1
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
2 Degrees Offered
degrees offered


The Northeastern University Biotechnology Professional Science Master's Program

The Northeastern University Biotechnology Professional Science Master's Program (M.S.) offers students a unique integration of core scientific principles of biotechnology combined with practical business knowledge and business skills to apply to a broad range of specialties.

This innovative, experiential graduate degree offers interdisciplinary learning that is typically not acquired in standard graduate programs in the sciences, but is essential in the professional world of the biotechnology.

Three Tracks of Study

Students in the Biotechnology Professional Science Master's Program can choose from 3 tracks of study: biopharmaceutical analytical sciences, process sciences, and pharmaceutical technologies. The groundwork for the program's unique approach to science and business integration includes 9 core courses: Introduction to Biotechnology, Molecular Cell Biology, The Biotechnology Enterprise, Basic Biotechnology Lab Skills, Protein Chemistry, Bioprocess Fundamentals, Experimental Design and Biometrics, Team Skills in Biotechnology, and Analytical Biochemistry. Students enrolling in the biopharmaceutical analytical sciences track then go on to focus on protein analytical approaches and methodologies for activities and functions of biopharmaceuticals. In the process sciences track, courses focus on development and optimization of drug substance manufacturing of biopharmaceuticals. In the pharmaceutical technologies track, courses focus on formulation development and drug product manufacturing of biopharmaceuticals.

Real-Life Experience Through Cooperative Learning

To further immerse students in the real world of the biotechnology the Northeastern University Biotechnology Master of Science Program has a required graduate co-op work experience component. The co-op emphasis is part of a larger philosophy of "experiential" learning that is embraced at Northeastern. The duration of the co-op experience ranges from 3 to 6 months in length and can serve as a mutually beneficial opportunity for both student and industry organization, perhaps leading to a permanent position.

Renowned Faculty Members Bring their Expertise

The program's exceptional faculty features some of Northeastern University's renowned experts such as William Hancock, Co-Chair, Trans-NIH Alliance of Glycobiologists for Detection of Cancer and Cancer Risk and Editor-in-Chief of "Journal of Proteome Research". Another faculty member, Mansoor Amiji, Distinguished Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences, is collaborating with researchers at Northeastern and Massachusetts General Hospital to explore innovative drug delivery and gene silencing strategies targeting cancers.

Boston a Hub of Biotechnology Opportunities

Students are responsible for obtaining their own co-operative education positions. However, the university's location in the heart of Boston allows for ample opportunities at the many pharmaceutical and biotechnological companies in the region. The biotechnology program's list of prospective co-op placements is extensive, and includes leading corporations and institutions such as Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, EMD Serono, Genzyme Corp., Harvard Medical School, Pfizer, Sanofi, Shering Plough, and Wyeth Pharmaceuticals. Beyond Boston, even more opportunities abound--there are over 600 biotechnology companies, academic institutions, research hospitals, and service organizations in Massachusetts and demand for scientists and engineers in the biotechnology field remains high.

Flexible Scheduling for Full-Time, Part-Time, Non-degree Students

Students may enroll in the Biotechnology Professional Science Master's Program on a full-time basis, in which they take 8 semester credit hours of courses per semester, or on a part-time basis, in which they take one or two courses. Courses are offered during late afternoon or evening hours to accommodate working students. International students are required to be enrolled on a full-time basis. Under Special Student Status (non-degree), students may also take up to 12 credit hours credits in courses without being enrolled in the program. Once the 12 credits have been earned, the student must be accepted into the program in order for any additional courses to be credited toward the degree.


Admission to the Biotechnology Professional Science Master's Program is open for the fall semester only. Candidates for admission are required to have bachelor's degrees in biology, chemistry, chemical, or biochemical engineering, pharmaceutical science, or a related discipline, with undergraduate GPAs of 3.0 or better. The Biotechnology Professional Science Master's Program at Northeastern University also requires students to have minimum GRE scores of 304 and 3 letters of recommendation. There are no graduate assistantship positions available for students in the Biotechnology Professional Science Master's Program, but some partial scholarship assistance may be available for exceptional applicants. Northeastern alumni and graduating seniors may also be eligible for additional scholarship opportunities through the Double Husky Scholarship Program. More information is available regarding graduate applications and graduate studies within Biotechnology at Northeastern University at

Location & Contact

Master of Science in Biotechnology Program

College of Science
Northeastern University

360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115-5096
United States

Prof. James Leung


Phone: 617-373-7578

Cynthia Bainton

Administrative Manager

Phone: 617-373-2627
Fax: 617-373-8795

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Biotechnology Master of Science (MS)
      Professional Science Master's (PSM)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 21
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? Yes
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? Not reported
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


62% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 150
    • Accepted 94
    • Acceptance Rate 62
    • Enrolled 36
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $75
    • Application Fee - International $75
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline February 1st May 1st Yes
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesGRE
    • Doctoral's DegreesNot Reported
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, 600 paper based, TOEFL iBT

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitNot Reported
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsNot Reported
    • Types of financial support availableScholarship and/or loans

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students113
    • Female Percentage70%
    • Male Percentage30%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students113
    • Part-time Percentage26%
    • Full-time Percentage74%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / LatinoNot Reported
    • Black / African AmericanNot Reported
    • White / CaucasianNot Reported
    • American Indian / Alaskan NativeNot Reported
    • AsianNot Reported
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific IslanderNot Reported
    • Two or more racesNot Reported
    • UnknownNot Reported


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchGenomics, proteomics, gene expression analysis (molecular biotechnology), drug discovery, development, delivery (pharmaceutical biotechnology), bioprocess development and optimization (process development)
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last yearNot Reported

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