Professional Science Master's in Biotechnology

Program Information

The Professional Science Masters (PSM) is a new kind of degree that prepares graduates for work in active scientific settings, combines technical competencies with workforce skills and leads to careers outside of those normally associated with academia. In 2007, the University of South Florida was the first of 11 currently participating Florida universities to initiate the PSM model in the field of Biotechnology. There are currently 33 PSM programs operating in the state of Florida. The USF PSM program in Biotechnology is designed for students who want to pursue a science-based career degree that will prepare them for advancement into leadership positions in innovation-based companies. The USF PSM program is designed to allow students to engage in advanced training in Biotechnology while developing workplace skills highly valued by employers. Employers find that the cross-training aspects of the USF PSM Biotechnology program produces graduates that deliver a superior return on their investment. The curriculum is designed with input from employers to support present and future professional career opportunities in areas contributing to economic competitiveness and innovation.

In addition, the 3-4 semester program emphasizes four elements:

  1. In-depth study in Biotechnology
  2. An industry internship
  3. Professional development courses intended to emphasize written and oral communication, leadership, business and team-building skills
  4. An industry advisory board.

We are currently recruiting highly motivated students. Interested students are encouraged to contact the program director, Dr. J. Matt Webster,  via e-mail address:

Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools. The Biotechnology Program has also been recognized as a Professional Science Masters Program by the U.S. Council of Graduate Schools.


Fall Semester (14 credits)
GMS 7930 Principles of Molecular Medicine Sec I & II (4 credits)
BSC 6436 Introduction to Biotechnology (3 credits)
BCH 6135C Methods in Molecular Biology (4 credits)
EIN 6106 Technology and Law (3 credits)

Spring Semester (14 credits)
GMS 6069 Translational Biotechnology (3 credits)
GMS 6194 Biotechnology Forum (1 credit)
GMS 7930 Python Programming for Bioinformatics (3 credits)
BCH 6886 Fundamentals of Structural Bioinformatics (4 credits)
Elective (3 credits)

Summer Semester (8 credits)
BCH 6943 Biotechnology Internship (3 credits)
BSC 6437 Biotechnology and Bioethics (3 credits)
Elective (2 credits)

Admission Requirements / Applying

The USF Biotechnology Master's Program is administrated by the School of Biomedical Sciences in the Morsani College of Medicine and will be available for full-time and part-time enrollment, for admission in fall, spring or summer. While the program is designed to serve students with various backgrounds such as biology, mathematics, computer sciences, some basic training in biochemistry, genetics and programing is strongly recommended. Applicants must fulfill the following:


  • Prior training in biochemistry, genetics, or molecular biology
  • Minimum GRE test score of 297 on the new scale, or MCAT 500 pt.
  • Domestic Students: A Bachelor's degree with minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • International Students: A Course-by-Course evaluated transcript from a NACES member with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • International Students: Minimum TOEFL score of 79 or minimum IELTS score of 6.5

Step 1:

Complete and submit a USF Graduate School Application Click here!

  • Application Fee $30
  • GRE School Code: 5828

Step 2:

Upload the supporting documents to your online application.

  • Official GRE/MCAT Scores
  • Complete transcripts of undergraduate work and any previous graduate work
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of purpose, indicating how the program would suit the student's interests and serve his/her professional goals
  • Typed Secondary Application

A detailed description of the required supporting documents can be found here

Please note that the Science GPA calculator is not a requirement for Biotechnology applicants.

Official transcripts should be sent to the following address:

University of South Florida
Office of Admissions - Graduate 
4202 E. Fowler Avenue, SVC 1036
Tampa, FL 33620-6900

International Student Requirements

Foreign applicants who reside outside the U.S. are required to meet the international application deadline for admission and apply for a visa. An applicant who already resides in the U.S. on a visa may use the application deadline for domestic students.

The official evaluation can be sent to the following address:
University of South Florida 
Office of Admissions - Graduate  
4202 E. Fowler Avenue, SVC 1036 

Application Deadlines

Domestic Students: June 1
International Students: June 1  

Domestic Students: October 15 
International Students: September 15

Domestic Students: February 15
International Students: February 15

Admissions and general information, please contact:

Program Director/Advisor:
Dr. J. Matt Webster

Assistant Director:
Leigh West