Master of Science in Biotechnology

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MS Biotechnology                  PSM   

  • A Professional Science Masters (PSM)
    • Recognized by the National Professional Science Master's Association.
    • Provides advanced training in science while simultaneously developing valuable business skills.
    • Rigorous science curriculum, project management, research methods and course options in management, marketing, sales and professional communications.
    • Combines strong science knowledge, analytical skills and technical expertise with translatable 'soft skills' such as teamwork, leadership and professional communication. 
    • Preparation for careers in pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical, biomedical industry; government and academic research laboratories; forensic sciences, food and cosmetic industries; and agricultural biotechnology.
    • Students in the MS Biotechnology program are strongly encouraged to attend workshops with guest speakers from industry, networking opportunities with the PSM Advisory Board members and alumni, scientific recruiter events, and to take part in industry and government internships. Faculty-mentored research projects on campus, both voluntary and for credit, are also encouraged.
View requirements and course descriptions in the University Course Catalog
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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.

Application Deadlines

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)


Professor David Slaymaker 
Program Director
Science Hall East