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Program Overview

Master of Biotechnology Program Mission Statement

Our mission is to prepare scientists and engineers for fulfilling and dynamic careers in biotechnology and associated professions by offering integrated coursework, extensive laboratory research, and training in current industry practices.

 

Our nurturing and multidisciplinary environment allows students to cultivate important learning and innovation skills through:

 

         Education:

         Acquiring the technical and soft skills necessary to succeed in biotechnology

 

         Research:

         Pursuing a 1000-hour research project in a Northwestern University or industry laboratory

 

         Practical Experience:

         Obtaining an optional co-op internship in industry, non-profit, or academic laboratory

 

         Professional Connections:

         Connecting with biotechnology professionals via seminars, site visits, and other events

 

         Alumni Network:

         Participating in alumni communities and making connections around the world

 

         Social Good:

         Contributing to community and global causes via research and volunteer opportunities

 

About the MBP

Northwestern University's Master of Science in Biotechnology Program (MBP) offers the opportunity to earn a Master of Science in Biotechnology degree in 15 months (five quarters) or 21 months if a student opts to participate in an Industrial Internship.

 

The MBP is distinguished from other M.S. in Biotechnology programs by the integration of biology and engineering, combined with extensive hands-on research (ca. 1000 hr over four quarters) in Northwestern University faculty laboratories. The pool of research preceptors currently includes more than eighty faculty members in various departments throughout Northwestern.

 

 

Why choose the MBP?

The MBP provides more than just a comprehensive education in modern biology and engineering. It also offers the best preparation for a career in the dynamic biotech field. The interdsiciplinary MBP curriculum integrates a core education in bioprocess engineering theory and laboratory practice with research projects

 

 

Coursework in Biology

 

Coursework in Engineering

 

Biochemistry

 

Balances and Kinetics for Bioprocessing

 

Cell Biology

 

Fluids and Mass Transfer for Bioprocessing

 

Molecular Biology

 

Kinetics, Energetics, and Bioreactor Design

 

Biotechnology Laboratory

 

Properties & Separation of Biologically Produced Molecules

 

Microbial & Immunological Biotechnology

 

Bioprocess Engineering Laboratory

       

Technology Commercialization seminars, many presented by industry professionals, cover topics such as intellectual property, economics, project management, regulatory, and ethical issues in biotechnology. These practioner-led seminars teach students the stategic business competencies that professionals at biotech enterprises need to succeed.

 

NEW! in Fall 2013, two certificate options will be offered to students enrolled in the MBP at no additional cost. These include Nanobiotechnology and Sustainability & Global Health Biotechnologies. Read more about these exciting new offerings here.

 

 

MBP offers a real-world approach

With the input of an Industrial Advisory Board, the MBP ensures that the program keeps students up-to-date on biotech industry changes and challenges. Graduates leave the program with a full set of competencies designed specifically to satisfy the demands of modern biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies.