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. 

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 and bio-production techniques 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
  • Understand how to apply industry regulations and best practices to ensure quality

This degree is also offered on campus.
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Current Course Offerings


  • BB 501. Seminar
  • BB 570. SP Top: Molecular Biology of the Cell 
  • BB 570. SP Top: Drug Regulations and Drug Safety
  • BB 551. Research Integrity in the Sciences
  • BB 552. Scientific Writing and Proposal Development
  • BB 553. Experimental Design and Statistics in the Life Sciences
  • BB 554. Journal Club
  • BB 556. Mentored Teaching Experience
  • BB 515. Environmental Change: Problems and Approaches
  • BB 505. Fermentation Biology*
  • BB 570. SP Top: Animal Cell Culture*
  • BB 509. Scale Up of Bioprocessing*
  • BB 560. Methods of Protein Purification and Downstream Processing*
  • BB 565. Virology
  • BB 561. Model Systems: Experimental Approaches and Applications
  • BB 562. Cell Cycle Regulation
  • BB 575. Advanced Genetics and Cellular Biology
  • BB 581. Bioinformatics
  • BB 598. Directed Research*
  • BB 5XX. Genetic Engineering and Expression Systems* (course # TBD)
  • Capstone Project






  • BUS 546. Managing Technical Innovation
  • ETR 500. Entrepreneurship & Innovation
  • ETR 593. Technology Commercialization:  Theory, Strategy & Practice
  • FIN 500. Financial information in Management
  • MIS 576. Project Management
  • OBC 500. Group & Interpersonal Dynamics in Complex Organizations
  • OBC 501. Interpersonal & Leadership Skills

* Indicates that there is likely a lab component. Course offerings are subject to change. If you are interested in enrolling, please contact us for the most up-to-date information.

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

Admission Requirements

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.

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

Virtual Open House

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