Jun 18, 2024  
2022-2023 Academic Catalog 
2022-2023 Academic Catalog [Published Catalog]

Biotechnology (M.Sc.)

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The Master of Science program in biotechnology provides postgraduate education to prepare students for a career in biotechnology through the construction of a firm foundation in the science and engineering of biotechnology and to provide an introduction to bioentrepreneurship.

A total of 33 credit hours is required for the Master of Science degree. This consists of 24 credits hours of courses, 6 credit hours of thesis work, and 3 credit hours of seminar.

Program Objectives

The objectives of the Master of Science in Biotechnology are:

  1. To introduce students to a combination of fundamentals and frontline applications in the field of biotechnology.
  2. To introduce students to regulatory affairs, intellectual property issues, and ethics related to different aspects of biotechnology.
  3. To introduce students to principles and requirements of bio-entrepreneurship.
  4. To provide the students with a deep understanding of the research techniques and data analysis in the area of specialization.
  5. To train students to solve biotechnology-related problems, think critically, function well in a team, and communicate effectively.
  6. To train students at a high standard of written and oral communication skills on technical matters


A Bachelor’s degree in sciences or engineering, with a minimum GPA of 3.0 out of 4.0, is required for admission into the biotechnology master’s program. Admission is also subject to the general university requirements for the graduate program. For those students whose grade records indicate promising ability, but who otherwise did not have an adequate preparation in sciences or engineering, admission may be granted under the requirement that remedial courses will be taken.

Courses (24 credits)

The program of study is planned with the faculty advisor, and should include 12 credit hours of core courses and 12 credit hours of elective courses.


Students may also take a maximum of two courses 400-level or above offered by other programs in sciences or engineering, or other related areas subject to their advisor’s approval.

Thesis (9 credit hours)

Graduate thesis work is an important and required part of the Biotechnology Master of Science degree program. Each student must submit a thesis topic that has been approved by a faculty supervisor by the end of the first academic year. Various research topics are discussed in SCI 5940  graduate thesis seminar. Students must complete SCI 5940  before registering for thesis credits. To ensure adequate faculty consultation on the thesis, the student must register for BIOT 5980 , Research Guidance and Thesis, after the completion of 15 credit hours. Students must register in (BIOT 5980 ) for at least two semesters. The first two registrations in BIOT 5980  must be for three credit hours. After that, BIOT 5980  is taken for one credit hour each semester until completion of the program requirements. Students will not be allowed to register for the second time in BIOT 5980  unless they have defended their thesis proposal.

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