Master of Science in Biotechnology

The Award-Winning MS in Biotechnology

UMUC's Master of Science in Biotechnology has been named 2013 Outstanding Online Program by the Sloan Consortium. The Sloan-C awards honor universities around the globe working to advance and innovate online education.

Biodefense, bioentrepreneurship, information technology, informatics . . . as our world changes, these specialized areas of knowledge are becoming increasingly sought-after. Combine your interest in science, business and technology for a rewarding career in the growing biotechnology industry.

Overview of Specializations

This program offers four specializations:

  • Bioinformatics
    Lead the bioinformatics efforts of government and businesses as an analyst, manager, instructor, and more. With a broad range of applied skills, you'll be equipped for a variety of high visibility positions.
  • Biosecurity and Biodefense
    Today, homeland defense and associated areas of concern have created a demand for professionals with current knowledge in security-related areas. Your expertise in the areas of bioterrorism, threat analysis and response, biodefense and information technology will ensure your rapid career advancement.
  • Biotechnology Management
    Get the broad-based education you need for managerial and executive positions in biotechnology. A deep understanding of biotechnology as a commercial enterprise, combined with essential management skills, will make you an indispensable asset in the workplace.
  • Biotechnology Regulatory Affairs
    As the field of biotechnology grows, so does the need for skilled regulatory affairs professionals with a firm grasp of the policy issues facing the industry. Your advanced knowledge of best practices in clinical trials, laboratory and manufacturing practices, quality control and assurance, bioethics, and the business of global biotechnology will help increase your value in the marketplace.

Professional Science Master'sThis program has been designated a Professional Science Master's Degree through the Council of Graduate Schools.

Program Objectives

The graduates of this program will be able to:

  • Have a greater grasp of the technologies currently in use in the biotechnology industry.
  • Gain an understanding of the regulatory role of federal and state governmental agencies as well as international bodies and professional groups.
  • Understand the "business of biotechnology," including financial, strategic, and human resource management in the industry.
  • Have increased knowledge of bioinformatics.

Program Overview

The curriculum requires 36 credits of coursework and is divided into 15 credits of required program core coursework, and 21 credits of required coursework, including a 3-credit capstone course, from one of the program specializations.

Student Profile

Students with any educational background can enter this program but those without a molecular biology background are required to take a college level molecular biology course prior to the required program core.

Dual Degree

Master of Science in Biotechnology / Master of Business Administration

If you began this program prior to fall 2016 and maintained continuous enrollment, you may be able to add a Master of Business Administration and earn a dual degree. You must complete all requirements for the first degree before beginning the MBA. Please contact an advisor at 855-655-UMUC (8682) to establish a plan for completing the dual degree.

Required Courses

UCSP 615* Orientation to Graduate Studies at UMUC (0), to be taken within the first 6 credits of study.

  • DMBA 610 Ethical Leadership in Organizations and Society (6)
  • DMBA 620 Effective Financial and Operational Decision Making (6)
  • DMBA 630 Marketing and Strategy Management in the Global Marketplace (6)

* The UCSP 615 requirement may be waived if you previously earned a graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution. For more information, contact your academic advisor.

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Professional Science Master's Recognized in Washington Post

UMUC's Professional Science Master's degrees were recognized by the Washington Post for helping students pair scientific know-how with business savvy. Read the article to learn about how UMUC's capstone projects help our students stand out in the job market.

Bioinformatics Program Featured in The New York Times

"A Degree Where Techie Meets Business Smarts" profiles UMUC's biotechnology programs, describing how graduates learn data analysis skills that are sought after in science fields, giving graduates an edge in their careers.

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