With a Master of Science in biotechnology with a specialization in biotechnology management from University of Maryland Global Campus, you’ll learn how to evaluate, launch, and manage biotechnology ventures, from life-saving biopharmaceuticals to environment-friendly biofuels. The program will help you build a powerful skill set in both business and biology to become a sought-after professional or a successful entrepreneur.

These requirements are for students who enroll in the 2020–2021 academic year. For prior year academic requirements, visit our catalog archive.

About the Biotechnology Master's Degree with Biotechnology Management Specialization

What You'll Learn

Through your coursework, you will learn how to

  • Assess your organization's needs for capital, personnel, technology, and marketing
  • Evaluate forecasts, cost effectiveness, and performance of biotech projects
  • Weigh the advantages and disadvantages of forming international ventures
  • Interpret bioinformatic data and understand the latest technical advances in biotechnology
  • Comprehend the economics of bioprocessing, regulatory affairs, and different global business models used in biotechnology
  • Implement advanced project management skills to lead a successful team

Coursework Examples

In past projects, students have had the opportunity to

  • Write a business plan for a new biotechnology venture
  • Pick a technology and analyze its potential for success
  • Work on a team for a sponsoring agency or organization to tackle a real biotechnology project to fit that organization's needs

Biotechnology Master's Degree with Biotechnology Management Specialization Requirements

Our curriculum is designed with input from employers, industry experts, and scholars. You'll learn theories combined with real-world applications and practical skills you can apply on the job right away.

Master's - specialization Courses

Initial Requirement

  • UCSP 615
    (to be taken within the first 6 credits of study)

Core Courses

  • BIOT 640
  • BIOT 630
  • BIOT 645
  • BIOT 643
  • PMAN 634

Specialization Courses

  • BTMN 632
  • BTMN 634
  • BTMN 636
  • ISAS 610
  • MRKT 600
  • MGMT 640

Capstone Course

  • BIOT 670

Course Rules and Program Progression

  • BIOT 601, if required, may be taken concurrently with BIOT 640.
  • BIOT 640 must be taken as the first program course.
  • You must complete all core courses with the BIOT designator in the order listed before starting any specialization coursework.
  • BIOT 670 must be taken after you complete 30 credits of program coursework. The course is not offered in summer. Check the Schedule of Classes to learn more about the availability of the capstone course.

Other Requirements

  • You must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher at all times.
  • All degree requirements must be fulfilled within five consecutive years.
  • Any transfer credits must have been earned within the five-year time frame to be applied toward a graduate degree.

Please review our overview of overall master's degree requirements for additional considerations.

Career Preparation

This program is designed to help prepare you for work in laboratory management, project management, instruction, and bioethics in both science- and business-focused biotechnology organizations.

Experience Recommended for Success in the Program

You are expected to have completed undergraduate coursework in molecular biology. This background may be acquired through preparatory coursework, listed below.

  • If you lack previous coursework in molecular biology, you must either take a college-level molecular biology course or BIOT 601, which may be taken concurrently with BIOT 640.
  • UCSP 605 is recommended to help improve writing skills.

Program Admission Requirements

A molecular biology background is required for progression within this program. Upon submission of an official transcript, you can be accepted into the degree program without a molecular biology background, but you must either take a college-level molecular biology course or BIOT 601 prior to the required program core. BIOT 601 may be taken concurrently with BIOT 640.

Special Designations

PSM LogoThis program has received a special designation as a Professional Science Master's Degree by the Council of Graduate Schools.

Additional Information

If you are certified as a Project Management Professional by the Project Management Institute and begin study for the master's degree within five years of earning certification, you may receive credit for PMAN 634. Graduate advisors can provide more information.