WPI’s versatile master’s in Biology and Biotechnology will give you the rigorous knowledge, practical skills, and hands-on experience needed to launch a successful career in the life sciences or prepare for a medical or doctoral program.
As a student in our full-time, thesis-based master’s in biology and biotechnology program, you will join a tight-knit, dynamic community of researchers dedicated to advancing the understanding of living organisms and their molecular underpinnings. You will make your own discoveries as you explore areas of interest, and gain essential laboratory training, in our cutting-edge research facilities.
For a more robust program with additional research opportunities, consider WPI’s PhD degree program in Biology and Biotechnology.
Curriculum for Master’s in Biology & Biotechnology
When you pursue a master’s in biology and biotechnology, you’ll work closely with a faculty mentor to develop a targeted academic plan that matches your interests and career goals. Students typically divide their time among research, courses, and seminars. Core courses cover advanced topics in biology and biotechnology, as well as professional training in areas including grant writing, presentation skills, experimental design, and ethics within the life sciences.
You will culminate your degree program with a research-based thesis that applies the principles of biology and biotechnology using hypothesis-driven experimental methods to address a specific research problem.
As an MS candidate, you’ll have opportunities to conduct laboratory research in your course and thesis work, and you will be mentored by WPI faculty members who are making meaningful advances at the intersection of biology and technology in the following areas:
- cancer cell biology
- cognition and behavior
- cytoskeletal dynamics
- drug resistance
- epigenetics and gene regulation
- infectious diseases
- neuronal migration and degeneration
- regenerative medicine
- signal transduction mechanisms
MS candidates are encouraged to review the department's faculty pages to identify potential advisors.
You will have access to state-of-the-art equipment in WPI’s Life Sciences and Bioengineering Center, a research complex where an open-plan lab and presence of biotech companies encourage interdisciplinary collaborations. Facilities include an analytical instrumentation core equipped for NMR, Mass Spec, X-Ray Crystal, and qPCR analysis; imaging core with advanced microscopes for point-scanning confocal, spinning disk confocal, and TIRF microscopy; and an AAALAC-accredited vivarium.
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Explore More Related Biology & Biotechnology Master’s Programs
Maybe you’re a working professional who wants to elevate your career in the biotech industry, but you need a more flexible option to gain that hands-on technical knowledge? With our online master’s in biotechnology and biology, you can join onsite lab sessions from the comfort of your home or on the go. Do you like learning about techniques and product development within the biotechnology field, but have a particular interest in solving biological problems? Our master’s in biochemistry dives into advanced coursework in modern chemistry from membrane biophysics to functional genomics so students can gain exposure to industry techniques and processes. If you’re interested in combining biotechnology, chemistry, and business, consider our online master’s in bioscience management which gives you the expertise to make strategic decisions in the biology field. Maybe you have a gift in statistics and computer science. Consider checking out our master’s in bioinformatics and computational biology which combines biology with computer science and mathematics to translate biological data into insights that improve the health industry.
Are You Looking for a Broad Approach?
If the biology and biotechnology field interests you, you might want to look into getting your bachelors’ first. WPI’s bachelor’s degree in biology and biotechnology provides a comprehensive education into the many overlapping and integrative areas of biology and biotechnology. If you’re fascinated by the potential within the field and how it applies to a different discipline, a minor in biology might be exactly the level of training you need. Or maybe you want to know more about how this focus can help populations around the world. The minor in global public health offers the perspective you need for your career while also satisfying your curiosity of how it all fits together.