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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:



         Acquiring the technical and soft skills necessary to succeed in biotechnology



         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




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


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.


The MBP develops both the hard and soft skills demanded by employers in even the most technical fields. Students emerge from the program with greater technical ability, and more importantly, the critical and creative thinking skills necessary for a successful career.


Since 2013, the MBP has offered two certificate options to enrolled students at no additional cost. These include Nanobiotechnology and Sustainability & Global Health Biotechnologies. Read more about certificate programs 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.