Major: Biotechnology
Degree Awarded: Master of Science (MS)
Calendar Type: Semester
Total Credit Hours: 40.0
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 26.1201
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code:
11-9121; 19-1029

About the Program

The MS in Biotechnology program is designed to train laboratory personnel in the theory and practice of state-of-the art technologies for biochemical analysis. The program is targeted to individuals who will be seeking employment in biotechnology/pharmaceutical firms or academic laboratories and is appropriate for recent college graduates or experienced technicians. Graduates of this program will possess a set of technical skills that will make them very competitive for laboratory jobs in the academic or industrial sectors, or, if they are already employed, enhance their potential for advancement.

The program length is three semesters plus one summer session and includes both classes and hands-on practica.

About the Curriculum

The program consists of two parts:

  1. A set of required didactic courses designed to provide students with the theoretical underpinnings of modern Biochemistry and Biotechnology. This knowledge will form a foundation for the hands-on aspects of the second portion of the curriculum.
  2. A set of four hands-on practica providing detailed exposure and experience in four different aspects of biochemistry/biotechnology. Each practica will be conducted under the close supervision of a faculty member with expertise in the area, and will progress from an initial set of experiments in which the results are already known (allowing students to become familiar with techniques) then progressing to a project tightly associated with the ongoing research in the mentor's laboratory.

Practica during the fall and spring semesters will be 4.0 semester credit hours. The summer practicum will be 8.0 semester credit hours, and will include preparation of a scholarly paper that reviews a topic related to the techniques associated with that particular practicum. Possible practica themes include: protein expression and purification; crystallography; gene expression and manipulation; protein-protein and protein-ligand interaction with SPR; and imaging/microscopy.

Required Courses
BIOC 507SBiochemistry Seminar Series *3.0
BIOC 508SExperimental Approaches to Biochemical Problems4.0
BIOC 603SAdvanced Topics in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology1.0
IDPT 500SResponsible Conduct of Research2.0
IDPT 521SMolecular Structure and Metabolism5.0
IDPT 526SCells to Systems5.0
Required Practica
BIOC 513SBiotechnology Practicum I4.0
BIOC 514SBiotechnology Practicum II **8.0
BIOC 515SBiotechnology Practicum III4.0
BIOC 516SBiotechnology Practicum IV4.0
Total Credits40.0


Taken for one credit each term in fall, spring and summer for a total of 3.0 credits.


The 8.0 credit Practicum is taken in the summer.


Admission Requirements

For acceptance to the program, the applicant must have completed a four-year biology or chemistry-based bachelor's degree program, or equivalent, with at least a 3.0 GPA. Students must fulfill all requirements for consideration as defined by the Drexel University College of Medicine Biomedical Graduate Education Committee:

  • official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended;
  • official copies of entrance test scores and official test scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE);
  • references from at least three instructors or professionals;
  • an application fee, made payable to Drexel University is required for application processing (online application is free);
  • International applicants (non-United States citizens) must meet the same requirements for admission as students from the United States. Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate the ability to speak, write, and understand the English language by submitting an acceptable score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or IELTS.

Students applying to the program will be expected to have undergraduate experience in chemistry, cell biology, biochemistry, and mathematics--including, at a minimum--two semesters each of inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, physics, calculus and biology.

Visit Drexel University's Graduate Admissions site for additional information regarding specific requirements for applying to the College of Medicine as well as important application dates.

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