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WPI's online MS degree in Biotechnology is a skills-focused, non-thesis degree program that offers a broad base in the technical knowledge and lab training needed for professional careers in the biotech industry. This blended program combines online coursework with onsite lab sessions at WPI's Worcester, MA, campus. Lab requirements vary by course and are scheduled to accommodate working professionals earning their degree part-time. 

This degree is available on campus.
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Learning Outcomes

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

  • Integrate broad knowledge of fundamental and applied science of molecular biology and biochemistry in their role as a professional scientist or engineer
  • Demonstrate expertise in modern laboratory, bio-production techniques, and best practices applicable to the biotechnology industry
  • Leverage the collaborative and interdisciplinary nature of the biotech industry
  • Effectively engage in cross-functional decisions with management, development, operations, and regulatory affairs
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Admissions Qualifications

A BS in the life sciences or an engineering field with a foundation in the life sciences, or in another field that demonstrates a knowledge of basic biochemistry principles.

A BA degree will also be considered if the applicant has the appropriate math & science coursework.

For specific application requirements, visit our admissions for online programs page.

If you do not have a bachelor's degree, please view our list of undergraduate programs.


  • Program Requirements

    Students must successfully complete a minimum of 30 credit hours, of which 15 credit hours must be in Biology & Biotechnology.  Additionally, the following requirements must be met:

    • 9 credits in skills-based courses, chosen from an approved list
    • 15 credits in Biology & Biotechnology or other approved department courses for depth
    • 6 credits in elective courses, chosen from an approved list

    Thesis option: Currently, WPI’s online graduate programs do not offer a thesis option, as theses cannot be completed online. If you wish to pursue a thesis on campus, it is the student’s responsibility to find an advisor. Please note that depending on the project’s subject and timeframe, there might not be a faculty member willing or able to advise.

  • Course Schedule

    Please note that courses with an asterisk*, have an on-campus lab requirement.  Labs will be planned with the working professional in mind. View academic term start dates for online courses.

    • BB 570 ST. Genetic Engineering and Synthetic Biology*
    • BB 570 ST. Practical Process Control
    • BB 504. Molecular Biology of the Cell
    • OIE 542.  Risk Management and Decision Making
    • Skills-based or Science Course (see list below)
    • BB 555 ST.  Drug Regulations
    • MIS 576. Project Management 
    • OBC 505. Teaming and Organizing for Innovation
    • BB 509.  Scale-Up of Bioprocessing* or
    • Skills-based or Science Course (see list below)
    • OIE 598.  Engineering Economics 
    • OIE 542.  Risk Management and Decision Making
    • MA 511.  Applied Statistics for Engineers and Scientists 
    • MIS 576. Project Management
    • Skills-based or Science Course (see list below, as needed)

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


    Students can choose their six (6) credits of electives from any department approved by their faculty advisor. 

    Additional management and math electives can be found here.

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

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After Graduation

WPI’s versatile master’s degree program in Biology and Biotechnology will give you the rigorous knowledge, practical skills, and hands-on experience needed to launch a successful career.