Keck School of Medicine offers a Master of Science (MS) degree in Global Biotechnology. This program combines a unique curriculum and distinctive practical training that exposes students to biotechnology and its specific applications in various fields. Drawing strength from the Keck School of Medicine faculty’s education, research, practice expertise, and global connections, this program educates students on approaches used in the academic research, biotechnology and medical sciences industries in the US and internationally.
Students in this program will gain an understanding of the science and technology of underlying diseases and their interventions; the role of biotechnology in developing new therapies; the regulatory framework that will impact the use of new interventions; and an understanding of the private and public capital that will develop the growing biotechnology and biomedical markets.
The program is ideal for those who are passionate about biomedical sciences and would like a career in biotechnology beyond laboratory research. Professionals in management, investment, regulatory affairs or law in the biotechnology industry are able to extend their knowledge of the science behind this industry, enabling them to make better decisions regarding this rapidly developing technology. Students with a moderate biology background have the opportunity to extend their course work in biotechnology and biological sciences and continue in these fields. Students interested in doctoral programs, medical school and law school are able to explore the impact of recent advances on the biotechnology field, while strengthening their prospects for admission to top programs of study.
A minimum of 30 units of graduate level course and field work is required for graduation. The program can be completed by full-time students in 1 year including the summer semester or at a reduced pace by part-time students.
Program Admission Information
Admission requirements include a minimum GPA of 3.3 and an undergraduate major in biological sciences, or at least 6 bioscience courses in the molecular, cellular, genetics and biochemistry topics. All applicants considered for admission will be interviewed (in person or via video conferencing) with program director and/or other faculty.
A minimum score of 300 on the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) General Test is required. In lieu of GRE, DAT (minimum 18) or MCAT (minimum 28 pre-2015 or 505 post-2015) can be submitted. Applicants beneath these standardized test score requirements or have not yet taken the exam are asked to consult with program director for advisement.
Applicants must also supply three letters of recommendation from evaluators qualified to assess their potential for graduate work. Applicants must supply a completed application for graduate studies including: transcripts from all institutions previously attended, standardized test scores and three letters of recommendation.
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