Northeastern University

College of Science



360 Huntington Ave

Boston, MA 02115

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:


Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Northeastern University Biotechnology Professional Science Master's Program

The Northeastern University Biotechnology Professional Science Master's Program (M.S.) offers students a unique integration of core scientific principles of biotechnology combined with practical business knowledge and business skills to apply to a broad range of specialties. This innovative, experiential graduate degree offers interdisciplinary learning that is typically not acquired in standard graduate programs in the sciences, but is essential in the professional world of the biotechnology.

Three Tracks of Study

Students in the Biotechnology Professional Science Master's Program can choose from 3 tracks of study: biopharmaceutical analytical sciences, process sciences, and pharmaceutical technologies. The groundwork for the program's unique approach to science and business integration includes 9 core courses: Introduction to Biotechnology, Molecular Cell Biology, The Biotechnology Enterprise, Basic Biotechnology Lab Skills, Protein Chemistry, Bioprocess Fundamentals, Experimental Design and Biometrics, Team Skills in Biotechnology, and Analytical Biochemistry. Students enrolling in the biopharmaceutical analytical sciences track then go on to focus on protein analytical approaches and methodologies for activities and functions of biopharmaceuticals. In the process sciences track, courses focus on development and optimization of drug substance manufacturing of biopharmaceuticals. In the pharmaceutical technologies track, courses focus on formulation development and drug product manufacturing of biopharmaceuticals.

Real-Life Experience Through Cooperative Learning

To further immerse students in the real world of the biotechnology the Northeastern University Biotechnology Master of Science Program has a required graduate co-op work experience component. The co-op emphasis is part of a larger philosophy of "experiential" learning that is embraced at Northeastern. The duration of the co-op experience ranges from 3 to 6 months in length and can serve as a mutually beneficial opportunity for both student and industry organization, perhaps leading to a permanent position.

Renowned Faculty Members Bring their Expertise

The program's exceptional faculty features some of Northeastern University's renowned experts such as William Hancock, Co-Chair, Trans-NIH Alliance of Glycobiologists for Detection of Cancer and Cancer Risk and Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Proteome Research. Another faculty member, Mansoor Amiji, Distinguished Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences, is collaborating with researchers at Northeastern and Massachusetts General Hospital to explore innovative drug delivery and gene silencing strategies targeting cancers.

Boston a Hub of Biotechnology Opportunities

Students are responsible for obtaining their own co-operative education  positions. However, the university's location in the heart of Boston allows for ample opportunities at the many pharmaceutical and biotechnological companies in the region.  The biotechnology program’s list of prospective co-op placements is extensive, and includes leading corporations and institutions such as Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, EMD Serono, Genzyme Corp., Harvard Medical School, Pfizer, Sanofi, Shering Plough, and Wyeth Pharmaceuticals. Beyond Boston, even more opportunities abound – there are over 600 biotechnology companies, academic institutions, research hospitals, and service organizations in Massachusetts and demand for scientists and engineers in the biotechnology field remains high.

Flexible Scheduling for Full-Time, Part-Time, Non-degree Students

Students may enroll in the Biotechnology Professional Science Master's Program on a full-time basis, in which they take 8 semester credit hours of courses per semester, or on a part-time basis, in which they take one or two courses. Courses are offered during late afternoon or evening hours to accommodate working students. International students are required to be enrolled on a full-time basis. Under Special Student Status (non-degree), students may also take up to 12 credit hours credits in courses without being enrolled in the program. Once the 12 credits have been earned, the student must be accepted into the program in order for any additional courses to be credited toward the degree.


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Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid Description: Yes, all students are encouraged to apply for financial assistance when they apply for admission. Please speak to an Enrollment Advisor for more information.

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Loans Offered: All students are encouraged to apply for financial assistance when they apply for admission. Federal, state, University scholarship programs, and payment options are available.

Locale: Large City

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