Sharpen your entrepreneurial and managerial skills with a master's degree in biotechnology with a specialization in biotechnology management.

Specializing in biotechnology management within the graduate biotechnology program, you’ll learn how to evaluate, launch, and manage biotechnology ventures, from life-saving biopharmaceuticals to environment-friendly biofuels. Build a powerful skill set in both business and biology to become a sought-after professional or a successful entrepreneur with a master’s degree in biotechnology with a specialization in biotechnology management.

These program requirements are for students who enroll in the 2019–2020 academic year. For prior year academic requirements, visit the catalog archive in the Current Students section.

About the Biotechnology Master's Degree with Biotechnology Management Specialization

In the biotechnology management specialization in UMGC's graduate biotechnology program, you'll develop a deep understanding of the molecular science behind biotechnology while also building an advanced skill set in business management, marketing, and financial analysis. You can gain actual management experience through your coursework by working on a team for an organization in the biotechnology sector.

What You'll Learn

Through your coursework, you will learn how to

  • Assess your organization's needs for capital, personnel, technology, and marketing
  • Evaluate forecasts, cost effectiveness, and performance of biotech projects
  • Weigh the advantages and disadvantages of forming international ventures
  • Interpret bioinformatic data and understand the latest technical advances in biotechnology
  • Comprehend the economics of bioprocessing, regulatory affairs, and different global business models used in biotechnology
  • Implement advanced project management skills to lead a successful team

Coursework Examples

In past projects, students have had the opportunity to

  • Write a business plan for a new biotechnology venture
  • Pick a technology and analyze its potential for success
  • Work on a team for a sponsoring agency or organization to tackle a real biotechnology project to fit that organization's needs

Biotechnology Master's Degree with Biotechnology Management Specialization Requirements

Our curriculum is designed with input from employers, industry experts, and scholars. You'll learn theories combined with real-world applications and practical skills you can apply on the job right away.

Master's - specialization Courses

Introductory Course

  • UCSP 615
    (to be taken within the first 6 credits of study)

Core Courses

  • BIOT 640
  • BIOT 630
  • BIOT 645
  • BIOT 643
  • PMAN 634

Core Rules & Recommendations

  • BIOT 640 must be taken as the first course.
  • All BIOT courses must be completed in the order listed before taking specialization courses.
  • If you need to take BIOT 601, you can take it at the same time as BIOT 640.

Specialization Courses

  • BTMN 632
  • BTMN 634
  • BTMN 636
  • ISAS 610
  • MRKT 600
  • MGMT 640

Capstone Course

  • BIOT 670

Capstone Rules & Recommendations

  • This course must be taken after you have completed 30 credits.
  • Please check the Schedule of Classes to confirm course availability.
  • Currently, BIOT 670 is not available during the summer term.

Other Requirements

  • You must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher at all times.
  • All degree requirements must be fulfilled within five consecutive years.
  • Any transfer credits must have been earned within the five-year time frame to be applied toward a graduate degree.

Career Preparation

This program is designed to help prepare you for work in laboratory management, project management, instruction, and bioethics in both science- and business-focused biotechnology organizations.

Experience Recommended for Success in the Program

If you would like to improve your graduate writing skills, you should take UCSP 605.

Program Admission Requirements

A molecular biology background is required for progression within this program. Upon submission of an official transcript, you can be accepted into the degree program without a molecular biology background, but must either take a college-level molecular biology course or BIOT 601 prior to the required program core.

Special Designations

PSM LogoThis program has received a special designation as a Professional Science Master's Degree by the Council of Graduate Schools.