About the Program

On March 23, 2022, Elms College and Yarmouk University in Irbid, Jordan, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) allowing qualified students at Yarmouk to complete their master’s degree in the fast-growing biotechnology field via Elms College’s online learning platform.

MOU signing between Elms College and Yarmouk University. March 2022
At the MOU signing between Elms College and Yarmouk University are left to right: Harry E. Dumay, Ph.D., MBA, president of Elms College: Sudad Saman, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology at Elms; on screen via Zoom in Jordan, Almuthanna Khalaf Ahmad Al-Karaki, Ph.D., head of the Biological Sciences Department at Yarmouk University; Khalid Al-Batayneh, Ph.D., dean of the College of Sciences at Yarmouk University; Janet Williams, Ph.D., professor of Biology at Elms, and Walter Breau, Ph.D., vice president of Academic Affairs at Elms.

Beginning Fall 2022

As the biotech industry continues its strong level of growth, Elms and Yarmouk are capitalizing on that fact. The MOU is effective immediately and classes are planned to start with the fall 2022 semester. 

Biotechnology students at Yarmouk University will study via Elms College’s online learning portal, while Elms students can take up to six credits online at Yarmouk that can be transferred into the program. As the relationship grows, the goal is to have Elms students complete a short-term study or semester in Jordan. 

The campus of Yarmouk University in Irbid, Jordan.
The campus of Yarmouk University in Irbid, Jordan.
The Elms College Master of Bio technology program

Why Elms for your Master’s in Biotechnology?



The MOU includes future cooperation in the areas of research, short-term study abroad, seminars, conferences, workshops, and faculty/student exchanges.

Students can enroll in online courses and perform in silico research, without leaving Jordan. However, it is also possible for international students to come to Elms College to enroll in courses and do research on the Elms College campus. We also have a reciprocal agreement that enables Elms College students to study and do research at Yarmouth University as well.

We are dedicated to teaching students skills and concepts through rigorous courses and practical applications through the use of instrumentation commonly used in the field of biotechnology and providing the best educational experiences for our students to prepare them for positions in Biotechnology.

Sudad Saman, Ph.D., assistant professor of Biomedical Sciences at Elms College
Sudad Saman, Ph.D., assistant professor of Biomedical Sciences at Elms College



How much does the master’s in biotechnology program cost? 

  • The cost of the program is $1100 per credit. Students are required to take 32 credits to complete the program. There are a limited number of scholarships available for competitive students.

When do classes begin?

  • Classes are planned to start at the beginning of the fall semester September 7th 2022.

What are the admissions requirements for the Master’s in Biotechnology program?

The admissions requirements for both Elms and Yarmouk students are as follows: (from International Admissions page. Please see link here.)

  1. Elms Application for the Master of Biotechnology program..
  2. Submit proof of English Proficiency: TOEFL iBT OR IELTS.
  3. Admission requirement: 105 or above on the Duolingo English Test. (Fall 2022 applicants only.)
  4. Admission requirement: 80 or above TOEFL iBT or 6.5 or above IELTS.
  5. For admission with English as a Second Language (ESL): 45-79 TOEFL iBT or 5.5- 6.0 IELTS.
  6. Students must submit transcripts from their Bachelor’s degree to show proof of completion of the Bachelor’s degree and the GPA. Students might be required to have their transcripts translated by a service such as WES. The translation must be submitted with their application.

What are the academic requirements for the Master’s of Biotechnology program?

The academic requirements for both Elms and Yarmouk students are as follows:

  • A minimum 3.0 Science GPA (outside of Elms College), and a minimum of a ‘B’ in all prerequisite courses
  • The length of the stand-alone, 32-credit Program is 1 – 2 years
  • There is a 5 – 6 year option for Elms College students enrolled in Biology or Chemistry in the undergraduate program (minimum 3.5 Science GPA) to declare the spring of the Junior year
  • The Master’s degree thesis would be based on laboratory-based experimentation and/or in silico (via computer or computer simulation) study
  • Competency in English, written and oral

Click + to view course options for the Master of Biotechnology

Master of Biotechnology course options

Course #Course Name# 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 5306Biochemistry3
BIO 5306LBiochemistry 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
BIO 6XXXResearch in BiotechnologyUp to 6
CIT 5100Data Analytics3

For more information, contact
Sudad Saman, Ph.D., assistant professor of Biomedical Sciences at Elms College

 – or –

Janet Williams, Ph.D., professor of Biology at Elms


International admission page https://www.elms.edu/undergraduate-admission/international-programs/international-admission/ 

Andrew Clifford, BMS ’20

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.”