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Biotechnology University of Miami

The Professional Science Master’s (PSM) degree in Medical Biotechnology combines graduate level science study with advanced business learning. This graduate degree program is for individuals with a bachelor's degree in the biomedical sciences who wish to advance their science and laboratory skills, specifically in biotechnology, but also want the business skills usually taught through an MBA program. The course may be completed in 12 - 18 months.

Since advanced cross-training between science and business occurs, students will take courses from both the College of Nursing and Health Sciences and the School of Business. Business courses focus on the foundation of professional skills, such as marketing, management, and entrepreneurship, giving students greater employment opportunity in the biotech field. Because of the interdisciplinary aspect of the PSM degree, students feel they are earning both a biotechnology and business graduate degree.

The Biotechnology Industry

Biotechnology is a rapidly growing field where science experts study living organisms in order to produce diagnostic initiatives and pharmaceutical products to help impact and improve human health. Because of the rapid growth, the job opportunities within this field are endless. Now, more than ever, PSM graduates are in high demand because of the fusion of skills acquired upon completion of the degree. This is extremely important because employers are seeking candidates that have the science and lab expertise, but who can also perform well in business situations - such as pitching a new product to a potential client.

Here is a sample of companies and government agencies who normally hire PSM Biotechnology graduates:

  • ActivX Bioscience Inc.
  • Affymetrix
  • Bear Stearns
  • Boehringer-Ingelheim
  • Catalyst Pharmaceuticals
  • Cisco Systems
  • Department of Homeland Security
  • Eli Lilly
  • Florida Department of Law Enforcement
  • Glaxo SmithKline
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Kyroten
  • Life Sciences, Inc.
  • Neurogen
  • Northrup Grumman
  • Novartis
  • Pfizer Labs
  • Pregrine Pharmaceuticals
  • Purdue Pharma
  • Quintiles
  • Sanger Institute
  • Texas Department of Public Safety
  • The Institute for Human Genome Therapy
  • Thermo - Electron
  • Toronto Children’s Hospital

Biotechnology in South Florida

Being located in Miami-Dade County, our master’s degree in biotechnology is perfect for individuals seeking to work within the biotech and pharmaceutical industry. Miami provides many job opportunities because biotech companies are very prevalent in the South Florida market. Program Director Dr. Graham Shaw works directly with students to ensure the best placement for the required paid internship completed during their studies. Through these hands-on internships, students progress in their scientific expertise as well as develop their business and professional skills in the pharmaceutical business environment.

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