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BIOTECHNOLOGY Networked for Success. Networked for Industry. Networked for Life.

BouvĂŠ College of Health Sciences College of Science

“The success of Northeastern’s program is visible.

100% of Professional Science Master’s in Biotechnology students who have applied for a job after graduation have received one.” —James Leung, PhD Academic Director, Biotechnology

THE PROGRAM PROFESSIONAL SCIENCE MASTER’S IN BIOTECHNOLOGY Northeastern’s Professional Science Master’s in Biotechnology is an innovative, non-thesis graduate degree program. It combines advanced interdisciplinary training in biology, chemistry, chemical engineering, and pharmaceutical science with the development of high-value business skills critical to success in today’s dynamic workplace. Graduates are prepared to innovate and lead as research, managerial, or technical professionals in a wide range of biotechnology specialties.

Biopharmaceutical Analytical Sciences Graduate Certificate The Graduate Certificate in Biopharmaceutical Analytical Sciences has been designed in response to a need in the biotechnology industry for professionals with an advanced knowledge of the principles and practices of protein structure analyses with a focus on the characterization and quantification of proteins and variant derivatives. This certificate will provide an opportunity for individuals who are working in the various sectors of biotechnology to enhance their competency and practical skills, enabling them to increase productivity and further contribute to their professions.

THE EXPERIENCE The Northeastern Network The Northeastern University network spans the globe. With the support of over 3,000 employer partners and more than 200,000 alumni, Northeastern students are Networked for Success. MS in Biotechnology students from around the world have access to all of our campus resources, including our research library, career services, and various conferences and presentations. Whatever their location, all of Northeastern’s students graduate prepared and Networked for Life.

The Faculty Northeastern’s MS in Biotechnology program is taught by respected faculty who are also senior leaders in the field. They bring their extensive experience as biotechnology and pharmaceutical professionals to the classroom, allowing students to gain first-hand knowledge of current industry projects. These dedicated and talented faculty members assure that your education is rigorous, current, and relevant.

Co-Op Students in the MS in Biotechnology program gain real-world knowledge, awareness, perspective, and confidence during a three- to six-month graduate co-op in industry or academia. As the recognized leader in experiential learning and a trusted source of high-caliber students, Northeastern boasts a network of more than 3,000 public and private sector co-op locations on seven continents. Recent biotechnology co-op placements have included Biogen Idec, Genzyme, EMD Serono, Adnexus, and Eleven Biotherapeutics, among others.

THE OPPORTUNITY The multi-billion dollar biotechnology industry is diverse, growing, and filled with opportunity. Individuals with advanced scientific knowledge, intellectual flexibility, drive, and professional skills can pursue paths of innovation with the potential to meet critical healthcare and environmental challenges—and to change lives. The industry’s unparalleled growth is projected to continue in the coming years. The result is an ongoing expansion of career opportunities on every level and in every industry sector, from large pharmaceutical operations to entrepreneurial biotechnology start-ups.

“ Northeastern’s MS in Biotechnology is perfect for someone who is looking to gain an advantage at the start of their career and hit the ground running, or make career moves in the industry by enriching comprehensive knowledge and experience.” —Wenqi Xie, MS Biotechnology

Northeastern’s MS in Biotechnology provides the interdisciplinary scientific and business training, real-world experience, and industry-tested faculty perspective that prepares graduates to play pivotal roles in today’s cutting-edge life science, biotechnology, and pharmaceutical industries. Graduates go into fields as diverse as research and discovery, product development, biopharmaceutical regulations, and biomanufacturing development and operations.

THE CURRICULUM An Interdisciplinary Curriculum Northeastern’s interdisciplinary MS in Biotechnology program is a collaboration between the BouvÊ College of Health Sciences and the College of Science. Students choose from three concentrations in which ten core courses are combined with study matched with their specialization. Graduate electives allow students to delve deeper into their specialty, expand their business skills, or investigate other areas of interest. Within each concentration, a solid foundation of experiential learning is built on three levels. All three concentrations feature the opportunity to participate in hands-on lab experience; take part in independent work in research labs; and complete a co-op with a leading industry employer.


Sample Concentration and Elective Courses*

Biopharmaceutical Analytical Sciences

Cell Culture Processes for Biopharmaceutical Production

Process Sciences*

Downstream Processes for Biopharmaceutical Production

Pharmaceutical Technologies*

Drug Product Processes for Biopharmaceuticals

Required Core Courses

Introduction to Glycobiology and Glycoprotein Analysis

Analytical Biochemistry Basic Biotechnology Lab Skills Bioprocess Fundamentals

Molecular Interactions of Proteins in Biopharmaceutical Formulations Protein Mass Spectrometry

The Biotech Enterprise Biotechnology Applications Laboratory

*Offered in Boston only.

Experimental Design and Biometrics

**For a full list of which courses fall within each concentration, please see our website at

Introduction to Biotechnology Molecular Cell Biology for Biotechnology Protein Chemistry Team Skills in Biotechnology

THE OPTIONS Two Outstanding Cities Northeastern University thrives because of its industry-specific instruction and its commitment to creating degree programs that serve the critical needs of local and global communities. The MS in Biotechnology is offered in two vibrant cities that boast opportunities perfectly in line with the program. Boston is the home of Northeastern’s main campus, a city known as a center for worldclass biomedical research, life science innovation, pharmaceutical corporations, and biotech companies—large and small. Boston’s MS in Biotechnology is offered on campus on both a full-time and part-time basis. Seattle is Northeastern’s West Coast campus for graduate studies, a city with strong ties to innovative disciplines and skill-driven industries including biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, and biomedical research. Seattle’s MS in Biotechnology program is offered in a flexible hybrid format on a part-time basis.

One Innovative University Whatever option you choose, Northeastern’s MS in Biotechnology program delivers the same rigorous academics, experienced faculty, cutting-edge research opportunities, and industry experience. With the support of our global network of employer partners, connected alumni, and dedicated faculty, the program enables students to successfully build their careers while maintaining their lives.

THE NEXT STEP Apply If you’re ready to make a difference in your life—and the world—apply to Northeastern University’s MS in Biotechnology. To access our online application, go to

Application Requirements To apply to the program, you must have:

For more information, please contact: Cynthia Bainton Administrative Manager

> A Bachelor of Science degree* from an accredited college or university > Proof of courses taken in biochemistry, molecular biology or genetics or physiology, organic chemistry, and college-level calculus To complete the application process, you must submit:

> Transcripts from all previous undergraduate and graduate institutions > A personal statement > Three letters of recommendation > A resumé > GRE scores > Official TOEFL or IELTS scores (for non-native English speakers only) *A bachelor’s in biology, chemistry, chemical engineering, pharmaceutical science, or a related discipline. Students with degrees outside these disciplines should contact the program staff to discuss eligibility.


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