Biotechnology (MS)

Degree Offered: Master of Science in Biotechnology


Application Deadline:

August 1st: Fall semester
December 1st: Spring semester

*International students are advised to apply by:
April 1st: Fall (September intake)
November 1st: Spring (January intake)


Program Description:

The MS in Biotechnology is a 36-credit degree program that prepares students for a variety of opportunities in the area of biotechnology and related fields such as molecular biology, immunology, genetic engineering, and protein biochemistry. Biotechnology is a rapidly growing field that deals with the implementation of the latest technological developments for a variety of applications in industry, medicine, and agriculture. Students receive training and experience in the broad area of molecular biology, including plant and animal tissue culture, gene expression, protein chemistry, and recombinant DNA technology using state-of-the-art instrumentation. Students may also choose from a variety of electives in other areas of biotechnology, such as immunology, electron microscopy, microbial ecology, and virology. Independent study or a thesis may be elected, giving students the opportunity to develop and complete a research project in biotechnology.

Admission Requirements:

In addition to the University’s admission requirements:

  • Baccalaureate degree, preferably in biology or related major. Applicant should have had at least one course each in general biology and genetics.
  • At least one year each of chemistry, physics, and mathematics (including a semester of calculus). Students who do not fulfill the above two requirements can make up appropriate courses with permission of the graduate committee.
  • Cumulative grade point average of no less than 3.00 on 4.00 scale.
  • Satisfactory score on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test.
  • Graduate Record Examination is waived for students who graduated from William Paterson University with a Biology degree with at least a 3.00 cumulative GPA.
  • Two letters of recommendation that attest to applicant’s academic qualifications.
  • Students applying from countries where English is not the language of instruction should have a satisfactory score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and provide a recognized translation of their degrees and transcripts.

Program Requirements:

  • 36 credits of graduate study
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher on a 4.00 scale
MS in Biotechnology36 credits
Required Courses 22 credits
BIO 5240 Molecular Biology 3
BIO 5300 Biotechnology: DNA 4
BIO 5310 Biotechnology: Cell Culture 4
BIO 6310 Biotechnology: Gene Expression 4
BIO 6320 Biotechnology: Proteins 4
BIO 7100 Seminar in Molecular Biology 3
One of the following:
BIO 7000 Graduate Independent Study 3
BIO 7010, 7020 Graduate Independent Reading 2-3
Elective Courses* 12 credits
Choose from the following:
BIO 5040 Parasitology 3
BIO 5110 Physiology of Human Reproduction and Fertility 3
BIO 5130 Microbial Ecology 4
BIO 5220 Human Physiology 3
BIO 5270 Endocrinology 3
BIO 5330 Research Methods in Biology 4
BIO 5360 The Neural Basis of Behavior 3
BIO 5400 Immunology 3
BIO 5410 Virology 3
BIO 5440 Evolution 3
BIO 5600 Pharmacology 3
BIO 5700 Bioethics and Society 3
BIO 5840 Scanning Electron Microscopy 4
BIO 5850 Transmission Electron Microscopy 4
BIO 5990 Selected Topics** 3
BIO 6240 Advanced Molecular Biology 3
BIO 7990 Thesis Research 3-6
*Up to two 400-level courses may be accepted towards degree with approval of graduate coordinator.
**May be used as a biotechnology elective only if the topic is approved by the graduate program director.
William Paterson University graduates with a BS in biotechnology can complete their MS in biotechnology after 30 credits of graduate courses, as some of the required courses would have been taken as an undergraduate and a maximum of 6 credits can be waived.