Professor Neil Simister

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’ PSM (Professional Science Master's) in Biotechnology include:

Learn more about our new dual MBA/MS in Biotechnology.


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Director of Graduate Study

Neil Simister

Neil Simister

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

MS (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  

MS Biotech/MBA: Rolling through May 1.

BA/MS and BS/MS: Brandeis undergraduates interested in this option should apply to GSAS in their junior year using our online applicationAdditional 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;

  • 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 BA/MS or BS/MS 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. 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.