Brandeis University

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences



415 South Street, MS 084

Waltham, MA 02453

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:


Format: Campus

Program Description:

Biotechnology is a rapidly growing sector of the United States and global economies. Its products are increasingly important in diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of disease. Both Brandeis University's Master of Science (PSM: Professional Science Master's) Program, as well as our Dual MS/MBA program in Biotechnology, were developed to equip students with skills to enter and advance in this dynamic industry.  

The programs provide student-centered, interdisciplinary training in the biological sciences and business, drawing upon the world-class Life Science departments and the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University.  The Biotechnology programs integrate laboratory training through Research Project Labs with a summer internship in an industrial or academic setting.  Skills are developed step-by-step, and reinforced in multiple elements of the curriculum.  Professional development opportunities include seminars and meetings with experienced workers in biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, and medical research from the thriving Massachusetts life sciences community.

The Biotechnology programs combine the teaching of current concepts in biology and business with training in professional skills and ethics. These elements are the foundations of careers in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. The biology segment emphasizes hands-on learning in project laboratories and internships. Business courses foster team approaches to problem solving. Skills seminars focus on writing, on analyzing and presenting data, and on oral communication. Students are individually advised and mentored, and counseled on their career goals and opportunities. The PSM program includes two years of in-residence courses at Brandeis University and a summer internship, while the Dual MS/MBA includes three years of courses.

Professional Science Master's (PSM) describes a new type of MS graduate degree program, which combines training in both science and professional skills. PSM programs consist of two years of academic training in an interdisciplinary area, with a professional component that includes internships and attention to workplace skills, such as business, communications, and regulatory affairs. PSM degree programs have a strong connection to potential employers, who are actively involved in the curriculum design. The PSM is designed to prepare students for entry directly into a career and not as a intermediate degree to be followed by PhD study. PSM status for the Brandeis University Biotechnology program has been approved and awarded by the Council of Graduate Schools.


New England Association of Schools and Colleges

Eligibility Requirements:

All applicants must have obtained a bachelor's degree or the international equivalent prior to matriculation. Applicants are considered holistically on the basis of a number of factors. In most cases, previous work as an undergraduate major or as a formal minor (18 credits or more) is desirable. However, an applicant should always check with the biotechnology department concerning the suitability of previous academic work as it pertains to the degree program in question.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Loans Offered: A variety of loan programs, including the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan and the TERI Continuing Education Loan, may be available to Graduate Professional Studies students who meet this criteria.

Locale: Midsize Suburb

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