Students enrolled in the MS in Biotechnology Program are not required to come to campus at any time during the program. However, not all concentrations can be completed fully online (see FAQ#5).
Is this program open to International Students?International students are welcome to apply to the MS in Biotechnology program. Students who earned their post-secondary degree(s) outside of the United States must take the TOEFL and have a course-by-course evaluation of their transcripts by service such as the World Education Service (WES). The TOEFL score and WES evaluation should be sent directly to the admissions office. To maintain their visa status, students with F-1 visa status must be enrolled in a minimum of three courses per Fall and Spring terms, of which only one can be an online course. International students should visit the frequently asked questions page for international students on the AAP website.
How many courses are required? Are there any electives?
This is a 10 course program: four core courses, and six electives, two of which must be from bioscience. The remaining four electives may be bioscience, regulatory science, biotechnology enterprise. Students may take more than 10 courses, and completion of the thesis option requires a total of 11 courses (see FAQ#4).
Does this degree require an independent research project and thesis?
There is no independent research project or thesis requirement for this degree. Students can choose to do an independent research project as one of their electives. This elective course is an option after a student has completed at least eight graduate-level courses and compiled a strong academic record. Students must find their own mentor and submit a research proposal to the biotechnology program committee for approval before starting the project. Students who have completed an independent research project and biostatistics may apply to complete a thesis. Students will complete two semesters of research and defend their work to the thesis committee. Students that choose this option will complete their degree with at least 11 courses.
How many of my courses can I take online?
You may complete the degree requirements for the MS in Biotechnology completely online. You may also take a combination of online and onsite courses, or complete the degree wholly through onsite courses. However, note that the Concentration in Biodefense and the Concentration in Molecular Targets and Drug Discovery Technologies require some on-site courses.
Do I have to choose a concentration?
You do not have to choose a concentration. The majority of our students do not concentrate. If you would like, you may concentrate in Biodefense, Bioinformatics, Molecular Targets and Drug Discovery, Regulatory Science, or Biotechnology Enterprise.