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Master in Professional Studies: Biotechnology


The M.P.S. Biotechnology curriculum provides advanced instruction in the life sciences, along with coursework in regulatory affairs, leadership, management, and financial management in a life science-oriented business.

The M.P.S. Biotechnology represents a new new kind of degree designed to prepare science professionals to fill management and leadership roles in biotechnology-related companies or agencies. This unique degree offers an alternative degree option for individuals not interested in pursing a M.D. or Ph.D. degree.

To learn how the MPS compares to an MBA or a traditional M.S./Ph.D program click here.

Program Highlights

  • 30-credit masters program (10 courses)
  • Advanced level science, business and regulatory courses ("science plus ")
  • Nationally accredited Professional Science Masters - Learn More
  • Internship opportunities - The MPS Program offers a Professional Experience Program for students interested in expanding on their industry experiences.  For more information, view the PEP Guide.
  • No thesis required
  • Evening and hybrid classes

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this program, you will be able to:

  • Explain and discuss the fundamentals of the sciences that underlie biotechnology and their applications to product development
  • Interpret and analyze new scientific discoveries and technologies relevant to biotechnology
  • Assess and apply established and emerging biotechnology techniques used for commercial development
  • Describe the process of biotechnology product development, including clinical trial design, inspections, and regulatory filings
  • Plan for and manage innovative technologies and/or products
  • Apply the elements of effective management and leadership within an organization
  • Effectively function in and lead multidisciplinary teams
  • Communicate ideas effectively and persuasively in writing and oral presentations
  • Analyze and use company financial information to make effective budgetary and resource allocation decisions
  • Describe and apply sound legal and ethical standards, reasoning, and tools in a biotechnology context

Program Curriculum

The M.P.S. Biotechnology is designed as an applied, terminal masters degree that incorporates science, regulatory and management courses. The M.P.S. curriculum includes 10 courses (30 credits) in three areas: Life Sciences, Bioregulatory Affairs, and Management. Both the science and the business courses must be taken in the sequences shown in the generic course schedule table below.

Life Sciences: 5 courses [15 credits]

These courses are offered in sequence starting in the fall semester of each academic year

Core Management Courses: 4 courses [12 credits]

Program Electives: 1 course [3 credits]

Course Offering Schedule

The chart below graphically displays when each course is offered (Fall, Spring and Summer).




BTEC 650

BTEC 651

BTEC 652

BTEC 653

BTEC 654


BTEC 660

BTEC 670

BTEC 680

BTEC 665

BTEC 665





or BTEC 685

or BTEC 662





or BTEC 690

or BTEC 685