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.
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
Please note that courses with an asterisk*, have an on-campus lab requirement. Labs will be planned with the working professional in mind.
Academic Year 2019
- 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
EARLY SPRING TERM
LATE SPRING TERM
ADDITIONAL SKILLS-BASED COURSES
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 SCIENCE COURSES
Course offerings are subject to change. If you are interested in enrolling, please contact us for the most up-to-date information.
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
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.