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. 

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

An MS in Biology & Biotechnology degree program is offered on campus
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Lab Sessions likely to take place at our cutting edge facilities

Gateway Park Life Sciences & Bioengineering Center

Biomanufacturing Education and Training Center (BETC)

4th Annual Advanced Biomanufacturing Symposium

May 1 & 2, 2019  |  WPI Campus Center  |  $195 per person

Registration now open!  Check event details here. 

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.

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)


  • 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)


  • BB 570 ST.  Molecular Biology of the Cell (science course)
  • BB 570 ST.  Advanced Topics in Biotechnology  (3 credit) 
  • OIE 598.  Engineering Economics (elective)
  • Science Course or Elective TBD

Starting Academic Year 2020 and Forward


  • 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 500.  Financial Information and Management


  • BB 560.  Protein Purification and Downstream Processing*
  • Skills-based/Science Course (see list below)
  • MIS 576. Project Management 
  • OBC 505. Teaming and Organizing for Innovation


  • BB 509.  Scale-Up of Bioprocessing* or
  • CHE 521. Biochemical Engineering
  • Skills-based/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/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.

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.

Admission Guidelines

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.

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Open House: Webinar

We are hosting an upcoming webinar to introduce you to our Biotechnology and Bioscience Administration online programs. Learn more about the program, what online learning looks like, the application process, and more! We hope you can join us on Wednesday, April 24 @ 12 pm (ET).

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