West Virginia State University

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Master's in Biotechnology


P.O. Box 1000

Institute, WV 25112-1000

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Science in Biotechnology and Master of Arts in Biotechnology

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The mission of the Biotechnology Program is to provide cross-disciplinary education and training in twenty-first century concepts and biotechniques to a diverse group of regional, national and international students. The Program prepares a cadre of professionals for careers in the diverse industries being revolutionized by Biotechnology and prepares its graduates for advanced education. Through coursework, laboratory work and other academic experiences such as internships, students advance their critical thinking skills, and master the technical skills necessary to solve complex biological problems.
At West Virginia State University, you will learn state-of-the-art Biotechnology as you conduct research that addresses environmental, agricultural, and bio-medical problems. Our program provides instruction in the broad field of Biotechnology, as well as specialized training in the many sub-disciplines of Biotechnology.

We divide the broad field(s) of Biotechnology into two areas of concentration: Organismal / Environmental and Molecular / Microbial.  Biotechnology education is built on five core courses: Current Concepts in Biotechnology (lecture), two semesters of Techniques in Biotechnology (lab), Biostatistics, and Biotechnology Seminar. All students teach two semesters of undergraduate courses.
The research-based MS Degree continues with four electives in your chosen areas of concentration, plus research, writing, defense, and public presentation of your own Master’s Degree thesis work.
The coursework-based MA Degree continues with six electives in your chosen area of concentration, plus a comprehensive exam covering your Master’s coursework.

MS Degree Requirements

  • 30 total credit hours
  • 12 credit hours of biotechnology program core courses
  • 12 credits elective classes in one of two areas of concentration
  • 6 credit hours of graduate research BT 695* Master's Thesis Research
  • Research advisor must be a member of WVSU faculty
  • Thesis committee composed of three faculty (one may be an external examiner)
  • The adviser and the student's thesis committee will assist the student in developing the plan of study for the MS degree and thesis proposal. The student's thesis committee must accept both.
  • One semester graduate teaching experience minimum
  • Oral defense of thesis and public presentation of thesis research

MA Degree Requirements

  • 36 total credit hours
  • 12 credit hours of biotechnology program core courses
  • 24 credits elective classes in one of two areas of concentration
  • No thesis required
  • One semester graduate teaching experience minimum
  • Written and/or oral comprehensive examination over the course work


North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

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