- M.S. in Biotechnology
-Two-year program, full-time
-Fall admission only
-Application deadline: rolling until the class is filled. Students will be admitted to the program beginning March 15.
- B.A./M.S. or B.S./M.S. in Biotechnology
-For Brandeis undergraduates only; students must apply by May 1 of their junior year and begin taking graduate courses in their senior year.
Professional Science Master's in Biotechnology
Biotechnology is a rapidly growing sector of the United States and global economies. Its products are increasingly important in diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of disease. The Professional Master of Science Program in Biotechnology at Brandeis University equips students with skills to enter and advance in this dynamic industry.
Highlights of Brandeis’ P.S.M. (Professional Science Master's) in Biotechnology include:
- Provides student-centered, interdisciplinary training in the biological sciences and in business, drawing upon the world-class Life Science departments and the International Business School at Brandeis University.
- Two-year program integrates laboratory training through Research Project Labs with a summer internship in an industrial or academic setting.
- Professional development opportunities include seminars and meetings with professionals in biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, and medical research from the thriving Massachusetts life sciences community.
- Located in the heart of the Massachusetts Biotech Supercluster, within 10 miles of Boston and more than 130 life science companies.
We encourage you to explore one of the department’s greatest assets through our faculty pages. Learn more about the people who will help guide you along your graduate school path here.
For the most updated course listing, course descriptions, and degree requirements, please click here.
M.S. (Professional Science Master's): Rolling until the class is filled. Students will be admitted to the program beginning March 15.
B.A./M.S. and B.S./M.S.: Brandeis undergraduates interested in this option should apply to GSAS in their junior year. Please click here for additional details.
Two semesters each of college-level courses in biology and chemistry, with laboratories. Courses in organic chemistry, economics, or business may be helpful but are not required.
To apply for the program, you need to submit:
- An application to the graduate school, which can be electronically submitted here;
- An application fee (please click here for instructions);
- Official transcripts from all universities and colleges attended. For the Brandeis five-year program, applicants must be able to complete the bachelor’s degree after the first year of the two-year Biotechnology program. All other applicants must provide a final transcript indicating successful completion of an undergraduate degree program before registration.
- Three letters of recommendation, which the admissions committee prefers to be submitted online (please click here for more information);
- A curriculum vitae (CV) or resumé;
- A statement of purpose indicating your reasons for undertaking graduate study. In addition, please describe your qualifications for the academic program and your career objectives in undertaking this program. Also, please outline your specific interests and any experience in the biosciences workforce. For Brandeis undergraduates applying to the five-year program, please describe how your bachelor's degree requirements can be met in the first year of the program.
- Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is required, except for Brandeis undergraduates applying to the five-year B.A./M.S. or B.S./M.S. program. Our ETS institution code is 3092.
International students: For additional requirements for international applicants (non-U.S. citizens or non-permanent residents), minimum TOEFL and IELTS scores, and important information regarding visas, please click here.
For a more comprehensive description of application requirements, please click here.
Generous scholarships and financial aid are available; for more information, please click here.
Students in our Biotechnology program graduate with a solid foundation in not only biology, but fundamental professional skills needed to begin their career. Students prepare for careers at biotechnology firms, in bioscience research, and in the pharmaceutical industry through curricular, research, professional development, and internship opportunities. Internships have included companies such as Adnexus, Genzyme, Millennium, Pfizer, Acetylon, AdvanDx, Agrivida, Charles River, Essential Life Solutions, Novartis, Shire, Super Religare, and WorldCare Clinical. Hospitals such as Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and New England Baptist Hospital have also welcomed our students. Students and alumni can work closely with our Career Services office for an array of resources, including CV/resume help, job search, and networking.