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, 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

This degree is also offered on campus.
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Planned Courses for the Online MS in Biotechnology

Please note that courses with an asterisk*, have an on-campus lab requirement.  Labs will be planned with the working professional in mind.


  • BB 505.  Fermentation Biology*
  • BB 509.  Scale-Up of Bioprocessing*
  • BB 560.  Protein Purification & Downstream Processing*
  • BB 570 ST.  Animal Cell Culture*
  • BB 570 ST.  Genetic Engineering and Expression Systems*
  • BB 581.  Bioinformatics
  • BB 553.  Experimental Design
  • BB xxx Capstone Project (6 credits)




  • MIS 576. Project Management
  • BUS 500. Business Law, Ethics & Social Responsibility
  • BUS 546. Managing Technical Innovation
  • FIN 500. Financial information and Management
  • OBC 505. Teaming and Organizing for Innovation
  • ETR 500. Entrepreneurship & Innovation
  • ETR 593. Technology Commercialization: Theory, Strategy and Practice

Electives may be chosen from other programs such as Biomedical Engineering

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.

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Webinar: Open House

View our on-demand webinar to be introduced to our Biotechnology online graduate program. Get an overview of logistics, what online learning looks like, the application process, and more! 

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