Master’s in Biotechnology

Master of Science
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The Next Biotech Innovation Is Happening Now.
Prepare To Be Part of It. 

Skills-Based, Non-Thesis Program

The Master of Science in Biotechnology program at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) equips students with technical knowledge and lab training, laying the foundation for a fulfilling career in the biotech industry—a sector that’s booming here in central Massachusetts. 

As you continue to build or advance your career as a scientist or engineer, our master’s degree in biotechnology provides several advantages unique to WPI:

  • Immersive, hands-on lab sessions that reinforce and complement what you learn in class 
  • Training with state-of-the-art equipment at WPI’s world-class research complex
  • Opportunities to collaborate with other disciplines and industry partners on complex, real-world problems 
  • A project-based education that builds soft skills in teamwork and leadership, preparing you to succeed in today’s biotech workplace

Learning Outcomes for the MS in Biotechnology

When you complete our master’s in biotechnology program, you’ll be able to:

  • Integrate fundamental and applied science of molecular biology and biochemistry in your role as a scientist or engineer.
  • Demonstrate expertise in the latest laboratory equipment, 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.


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The Master’s Degree in Biotechnology for Working Professionals

For the convenience of working professionals earning their master’s degree part-time, WPI’s required lab sessions are planned with the typical work schedule in mind. Whether you’re going straight to grad school after earning your bachelor’s degree, leveling up your biotech skills to augment your career, or switching careers entirely, you’ll get all the benefits of our skills-focused biotechnology MS without the added stress of schedule constraints. 

Looking for maximum flexibility?

Consider our hybrid or online master’s in biotechnology. You’ll get the same high-quality instructional experience and access to labs that you get from our on-campus program. 

Gain Essential Lab Training for a Biotechnology Career

The cutting-edge biotechnology facilities at WPI are second to none. Here, you’ll put classroom theory into practice as you work with advanced lab equipment and master the technical skills you need for your future career. Your lab sessions will likely take place at WPI’s Life Sciences & Bioengineering Center (LSBC) or the Biomanufacturing Education & Training Center (BETC).

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Life Sciences & Bioengineering Center

Practice working with interdisciplinary teams on complex, real-world problems at the LSBC. Advance scientific research and innovate new therapies, devices, and technologies that improve human health for all. Partner with our corporate tenants and external companies on high-impact research and development projects. 

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Biomanufacturing Education & Training Center

Develop sought-after lab skills by training with the latest technologies used by leading biomanufacturing companies. The BETC is a fully functional, pilot-scale manufacturing plant that mirrors real-world facilities. Work alongside faculty and industry experts who give you hands-on guidance and on-the-job training. 

MS in Biotechnology Curriculum

Program Requirements and Courses

Students seeking a Master of Science in Biotechnology from WPI should have one of the following undergraduate degrees:

  • BS in the life sciences
  • BS in an engineering field with a foundation in the life sciences 
  • BS in another field with demonstrated knowledge of biology principles
  • BA with the requisite math and science coursework
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 (fully online/asynchronous option available)
  • 15 credits in Biology & Biotechnology or other approved department courses for depth
  • 6 credits in elective courses

Thesis option: Currently, WPI’s online graduate programs do not offer a thesis option, as thesis cannot be completed online. 


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


  • BB 504. Molecular Biology of the Cell
  • BB 505.  Fermentation Biology*
  • BB 508.  Animal Cell Culture*
  • BB 509.  Scale up Bioprocessing*
  • BB 560.  Methods of Protein Purification & Downstream Processing*
  • BB 570 ST. Practical Process Control
  • BB 570  ST.  Advanced Topics in Biotechnology
  • BB 570 ST.  Medical and Applied Immunology*


  • BB 581.  Bioinformatics
  • CH 554. Molecular Modeling
  • MA 511. Applied Statistics for Engineers and Scientists

To find the next offering of online Biotechnology courses, visit the Registrar’s site.

To view a course description, visit the Graduate Catalog.

Subject to change based on availability.  

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