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 in the life sciences or prepare for a medical or doctoral program.

As a student in our full-time, thesis-based MS 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.

Biology

Curriculum

You will work closely with a faculty mentor to develop a plan of study and research 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.

A skills-based, non-thesis MS in Biotechnology is offered online.
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Research

  • 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

Faculty Profiles

David S. Adams

David S. Adams

Professor
Biology & Biotechnology

This is a great place to do biology! WPI lies within a driving commute of 260 different biotech companies, and is located within one of the world's two main meccas for biotechnology.

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Lauren M. Mathews

Lauren Mathews

Associate Professor
Biology & Biotechnology

Research in my laboratory addresses questions in the field of evolutionary ecology and environmental biology, and typically combines field work and laboratory studies. Current projects focus on two disciplines.

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Reeta Rao

Reeta Rao

Associate Professor
Biology & Biotechnology

My research program focuses on understanding and managing fungal diseases. We primarily study Candida albicans, an opportunistic pathogen and the most prevalent fungal pathogen of humans. It is responsible for common clinical problems including oral thrush and vaginitis, but can also lead to life-threatening systematic infections in immunocompromised individuals such as AIDS patients, resulting in 30-50% mortality rates. The estimated annual cost of treating nosocomial Candida infections exceeds $1 billion per year.

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Robert J. Gegear

Robert J. Gegear

Assistant Professor
Biology & Biotechnology

My laboratory studies animal sensory and cognitive systems within the contexts of evolutionary ecology and conservation biology.

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Getting Involved

Getting Involved

Graduate students are an integral part of the WPI campus community, whether they are making their voices heard in student government or playing intramural sports. As an MS student in Biology and Biotechnology, you will also have opportunities to network with peers and professionals by attending research seminars and events at nearby University of Massachusetts Medical School.

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After Graduation