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  • M.S.
    • Full-time, two-year program
    • Application deadline: Rolling through May 1. Review begins March 15.
  • M.S./M.B.A.
    • Full-time, 6 semester program
    • Deadlines:
      • Summer entry:  Domestic students:  March 1. International Students:  January 15
      • Fall entry: Rolling through May 1
  • B/M.S.
    • For Brandeis undergraduates only
    • Full-time, one year
    • Deadline: May 1 of junior year for summer start

Director of Graduate Study

Neil Simister

Student Profiles

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Biotechnology Careers

Read more about Biotechnology careers

Professional Science Master's in Biotechnology and Dual Degree Programs


About the Program

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.

Click here to learn more about our new dual MBA/MS in Biotechnology.


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.

Courses and Degree Requirements

For the most updated course listings, course descriptions, and degree requirements, please visit the Registrar's website.

How to Apply

Application Deadlines:

M.S. (Professional Science Master's): Rolling through May 1; application review begins January 15. (Please note that the application may be closed earlier if the desired cohort size is reached prior to May 1; questions can be emailed to  

M.S. Biotech/M.B.A.: 

Starting in the fall in the M.S. program: Rolling through May 1.

Starting in the summer (June) in the M.B.A. program: Domestic students: March 1. International students: January 15th (earlier deadline to leave time for the visa application process). 

B.A./M.S. and B.S./M.S.: Brandeis undergraduates interested in this option should apply to GSAS in their junior year using our online application. Please click here for additional details. 

Admission Prerequisites:

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. 

Admission Requirements:

To apply for the program, you need to submit:

  • An online application;
  • An application fee (please click here for more information);
  • Transcripts from all universities and colleges attended must be uploaded to your application; do not mail official transcripts to our office.For more information, visit Frequently Asked Questions;
  • Two letters of recommendation, submitted electronically;
  • 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) or Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is required, except for Brandeis undergraduates applying to the five-year B.A./M.S. or B.S./M.S. program. Our GRE institution code is 3092 (please note: this institution code only applies to GRE scores). Our GMAT institution code is 3FD-1Z-75.
  • International applicants:  For additional requirements for international applicants (non-U.S. citizens or non-permanent residents), minimum TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores, and important information regarding visas, please click here. If you are submitting TOEFL scores, please note that our TOEFL institution code is 3261.

For a more comprehensive description of application requirements, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Financial Aid and Scholarships 

Generous scholarships and financial aid are available; for more information, please visit our Financial Aid page.

Careers and Alumni

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. Read more about Biotechnology careers

Alumni Testimonials

"What I liked most about the Biotech program was that the coursework is designed to help you decide what facet of the industry appeals to you most. Between the core science and business courses and the interactive seminars that included top industry professionals, you will be able to figure out all that and more." - Linta Rahman M.S. '13

"The biotechnology graduate program at Brandeis focuses on core skills as well as scientific knowledge. The competition for jobs is furious, and this program is structured with intensive labs and informative seminars that mold students into competitive candidates in the biotech industry. Simply looking at the list of companies where students from this program have been employed shows the rich value this program has to offer." - Michael Chi M.S. '14