The MS in BioScience Administration provides students with the practical knowledge in the areas of biotechnology, chemistry and business administration to make strategic decisions within a bio-related industry.  

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Learning Outcomes

  1. As needed, strengthen functional knowledge of molecular biology, and other areas of strategic focus such as immunology, virology and pharmacology.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of modern biomanufacturing processes and their associated vocabulary, in order to effectively communicate and engage in fruitful collaborations with technical specialists. 
  3. Develop the knowledge necessary to effectively understand one or more interdisciplinary aspects of the biopharma industry, including the impact of drug and/or device regulations, evaluating risk and monitoring compliance, and/or value creation in the development process. 
  4. Identify and utilize strategies to build and manage a multidisciplinary team or project.
  5. Foster leadership and interpersonal skills required to excel in a diverse life science company.

Program Requirements

DISTRIBUTION REQUIREMENTS (30 credits)

Department Life Science Track
Chemistry/Biochemistry 6-12 credits
Biology/Biotechnology* 6-12 credits
Management 6-12 credits
Electives 3-9 credits
  • For this interdisciplinary degree, no more than half of the academic credit can be taken in the same department.
  • Courses across all 3 departments (CBC, BBT and Management) will require a fundamental knowledge of algebra
  • Life Science courses will assume a basic knowledge of biochemistry and molecular biology
    • A foundation or ramp-up course, Molecular Biology of the Cell, is recommended for students who need to refresh their baseline knowledge before moving on to additional life science courses. 

*Note: Some of the biomanufacturing courses require an on-site lab, however students are not required to take courses with a lab component as part of their plan of study. 

Course Schedule

Academic Year 2019

FALL 2018

  • CH 555 ST.  Membrane Protein-Targeted Drug Design (science course)
  • OIE 542.  Risk Management and Decision Making (elective)
  • BUS 546.  Managing Technological Innovation (elective)

EARLY SPRING 2019

  • MIS 576.  Project Management (elective)
  • BB 570 ST.  Animal Cell Culture* (skills-based course)
  • BME 595.  Medical Device Design Controls (science course or elective)
  • OBC 505.  Teaming and Organizing for Innovation (elective)

LATE SPRING 2019

  • BB 570 ST.  Molecular Biology of the Cell (science course)
  • OIE 598.  Engineering Economics (elective)
  • Science Course or Elective TBD

Starting Academic Year 2020 and Forward

FALL TERM     

  • BB 505.  Fermentation Biology*

  • BB 570 ST.  Molecular Biology of the Cell

  • BUS 546.  Managing Technological Innovation 

  • OIE 542.  Risk Management and Decision Making

  • FIN 503.  Financial Decision-Making for Value Creation

EARLY SPRING TERM

  • BB 560.  Protein Purification and Downstream Processing*
  • BB or CH course (see list below)
  • MIS 576. Project Management 
  • OBC 505. Teaming and Organizing for Innovation 

LATE SPRING TERM

  • BB 509.  Scale-Up of Bioprocessing* or
    CHE 521. Biochemical Engineering
  • BB or CH Course (see list below)
  • OIE 598.  Engineering Economics 
  • OIE 542.  Risk Management and Decision Making

SUMMER TERM

  • MA 501.  Engineering Mathematics
  • MA 511.  Applied Statistics for Engineers and Scientists 
  • MIS 576. Project Management

OTHER BIOLOGY & BIOTECHNOLOGY COURSES

These skills-based courses will be offered every other year (as needed):

OTHER CHEMISTRY & BIOCHEMISTRY COURSES

OTHER ELECTIVES

  • BME 532.  Medical Device Regulations (14 weeks)
  • BME 595D.  Medical Device Design Controls (14 weeks)

Additional management and math electives can be found here.

Please note that asterisks (*) indicate that although the course is offered online, it is a “skills-based” course and includes 12-24 hrs of hands-on labwork, delivered on the weekends in 4-8 hr modules, on the WPI campus.  

Course Offerings are subject to change.  If you are interested in enrolling, please contact us for the most up-to-date information.

Admission Guidelines

  • A Bachelor of Science degree from an accredited program in life science; other backgrounds including management, engineering or computer science may be considered on an individual basis. If an applicant does not have a degree in the life sciences, they should demonstrate knowledge and exposure to the life sciences through work experience or other outlet. We recommend applicants use their resume and statement of purpose to describe their educational development in the life sciences post degree. 
  • Undergraduate major GPA of > 3.0