Why should you choose Elms College for your Masters in Biotechnology?

  • Earn your degree in 1-2 years
  • Gain the knowledge and experience you need to strengthen your competitive edge in biotechnology for jobs and/or entry into PhD programs
  • Personalized career guidance.
  • Prepare for standardized tests.
  • On campus technical training on various instruments commonly used in biotechnology.
Photo of student doing research in the cell culture lab for biotechnology, Elm College

Quick Info

REQUIREMENTS for COMPLETION of the Master in Biotechnology Degree

Minimum 32 credits
Minimum GPA of 3.00 
Length of program: 1-2 years


Masters of Biotechnology degree can be completed with 32 credits of coursework online or in person. There is also a thesis option. Masters of Biotechnology thesis option includes 12 credits of coursework combined with 20 credits of research. Research can be conducted in silico, in a campus laboratory, and/or workplace. There are also options for dual masters degree programs with the Business Department MBT/MBA dual program, or the Center for Ethical Leadership MBT/BMH dual program.

Degree Completion Outcomes

Students who complete the Professional Sciences Master’s degree in Biotechnology would be eligible to:

  • Apply to programs in professional healthcare (medical, dental, veterinary, pharmacy, etc.)
  • Apply to graduate programs such as (Master’s in Business Administration, Master’s in Public Health, Master’s/Ph.D. in Bioethics/Medical Humanities, Master’s in Education, Master’s/Ph.D. in basic science)
  • Enter jobs in the sciences
  • Enter jobs at the instructor level in higher education

Biotechnology, two students with a professor, science lab
Professor Sudad Saman working with students

Remote Options for the Master of Biotechnology Program

Students may choose a remote option for this program. This would require that students take their courses online and perform their research either in silico or in an approved research laboratory. It would also require that the remote laboratory (either in the U.S. or internationally) would also have to approve of the student’s involvement in the program and provide a mentor to oversee the work of the student.

Program for International Students

Students from outside of the U.S. if accepted to the program can join the program onsite at Elms College.

Admission Requirements

  • Students with a degree in STEM (biology, chemistry, data science, bioinformatics, physics, engineering, math, etc.) with a minimum 3.0 GPA from an accredited institution
  • International students: TOEFL-iBT Minimum 80–IELTS Minimum 6.5; please refer to the International Admissions page for more information
  • Students currently enrolled at Elms College in Biology, Biotechnology, Chemistry, or CIT in the undergraduate program (minimum GPA 3.5 Science GPA) can declare the spring of the Junior year, for a 5-6 year option
  • No Standardized Test Requirements

Andrew Clifford, BMS ’20

biomedical student, lab experiment, test tube, Elms College

Andrew Clifford, BMS ’20, was involved in two biomedical research projects at Elms, including exploring new ways to rapidly analyze strains of infectious bacteria. “I’m learning this material in a very applicable, practical way,” he said. “Going forward into medical school, I’ll have a far better understanding than just (by reading) textbook definitions.”


Click to view course requirements for the Master of Biotechnology.

Masters Requirements Coursework (32 credits)

Course #Course Name# of Credit Hours
BIO 5106Cell Biology3
BIO 5204Potions, Poisons & Perfumes3
BIO 5204LPotions, Poisons & Perfumes Lab1
BIO 5001Developmental Biology3
BMH 5007Bioethics3
BMH 5010Clinical Research Ethics3
BIO 5201Genetics3
BIO 5201LGenetics Lab1
BIO 5206Molecular Biology3
BIO 5206LMolecular Biology Lab1
BIO 5300Microbiology3
BIO 5300LMicrobiology Lab1
BIO 6306Biochemistry3
BIO 6306LBiochemistry Lab1
BIO 5330Biotechnology and Bioinformatics3
BIO 5330LBiotechnology and Bioinformatics Lab1
BIO 5400Immunology3
BMS 5009Epidemiology3
BMS 5100Endocrinology3
BMS 5700Histology3
BMS 5700LHistology Lab1
BMS 5202Pharmacology3
BMS 5207Pathology3
BMS 6300Neuroscience3
BMS 6402Biology of Cancer3
CIT 5100Data Analytics3

Click to view course requirements for the Masters in Biotechnology (thesis option).

Masters Requirements Coursework (12 credits) Research (20 credits)

Research/Internship Required research 2-6 credits per semester—To be completed as an internship and/or research at Elms College. A thesis and presentation of the thesis will be required for program completion. Research can be completed at a site other than Elms College with permission from the program director at Elms College. Students who perform research offsite will be required to complete and submit their thesis to their Elms College mentor, and they will be required to perform an oral presentation of their thesis to the Elms College Biotechnology community.

Courses in the MBA program can be taken to replace BIO, BMH, and BMS courses up to 6 credits at the 5000 or above level. Up to 6 credits in CIT at the 5000 or above level.

Course offerings are updated on a rolling basis and can be discussed with your program director or faculty advisor.