The mission of the Master's in Biotechnology (MSBT) program is to train scientists in the basic mechanisms of human health and disease. The program emphasizes the importance of high quality research and is designed to assist students in fulfilling their potential as research scientists.
Students benefit from an interdisciplinary program that brings together basic, applied, and clinical faculty from multiple departments to provide individualized, cutting-edge biomedical research training.
Research areas encompass a broad range of disciplines including molecular genetics, cell biology, biochemistry, pathophysiology, microbiology, immunology, and infectious diseases.
The program offers courses in core subjects, laboratory research techniques, ethical conduct of science, and a graduate seminar course. Courses are taught in an interactive classroom environment, with graduate students receiving the individual attention necessary to succeed.
The primary requirement for the MSBT program is the completion of original research and the publication of a thesis describing that research. Students typically complete the program in two years.
* Note: The College has applied to the New York Department of Education to change the name of this program to M.S. in Molecular Biosciences.
Students in the MSBT program will take the below courses and thesis credits to meet the requirements for graduation. All graduate students are expected to maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher in order to remain in good standing and be eligible for graduation.
M.S. in Biotechnology Coursework
- BHS 630 Advanced Good Laboratory Practices & Lab Management
- BHS 650 Genetic and Molecular Basis of Disease
- PSC 672 Experimental Design & Data Analysis (plus 1 additional credit of math coursework)
- BHS 640 Medical Ethics & Research
- BHS 660 Molecular Diagnostics
- BHS 690 Advanced Topics in Biotechnology (may be substituted with an elective)
- Elective I
- Elective II
- Elective III
- BHS 701 Master’s Thesis I
- BHS 702 Master’s Thesis II
It is expected that research work begins in the first year, continues through the summer and culminates in a thesis defense, typically at the end of the second year.
The graduates from this program will find careers that involve research by government agencies, research centers, non-profit organizations, colleges and universities.
The program also prepares students for careers in biomedical technology, health monitoring and diagnostics and medical device development. The MSBT serves as excellent preparation for pursuing advanced degrees in biochemistry, molecular biology, microbiology, and medicine.