The Master’s of Science in Biotechnology from the University of South Florida is a specialized degree that prepares graduates for work in active scientific settings by combining technical competencies with workforce skills in preparation for careers in the growing Biotechnology sector.
The Biotechnology program represents a multi-college partnership and a truly interdisciplinary collaboration. Participating colleges include the Morsani College of Medicine, the College of Engineering, the College of Public Health, the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Business Administration. The major is designed to meet the increasing demand for trained people in this exploding area, which crosses the traditional fields of biological, chemical, engineering, health and computer sciences. The curriculum has been designed accordingly and provides the theoretical background; the practical training; and, with internships, the “real life” experience which will equip students with the essential tools for a successful career in the field of biotechnology. Graduates of the Biotechnology programs at USF take jobs in the Biotechnology Industry or pursue PhD programs, medical school, dental school, veterinary school or pharmacy school. For students seeking biotechnology degrees in Florida, the Biotechnology programs will equip you with the skills and experience needed to succeed in this growing industry.
We are currently recruiting highly motivated domestic and international students. The curriculum offers numerous on-campus courses in order to sustain students studying with international visas. Interested students are encouraged to contact the program director, Dr. J. Matt Webster, via e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
In 2008, the MS in Biotechnology major was recognized by the U.S. Council of Graduate Schools as a Professional Science Master’s (PSM) Program.
Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools.
The MS in Biotechnology is designed for thirty-six credit hours, which can be obtained in 3 semesters of study in one year. The major will be available for full-time and part-time enrollment. Twenty-four credits of core courses will provide the foundation and basics and include an internship. Twelve credits of electives allow the curriculum to be tailored to the individual student’s background, interests and career goals.
The core courses include introductory courses in biochemistry, molecular and cellular biology, introduction to biotechnology, biotechnology and bioethics, translational biotechnology and a seminar on current topics in biotechnology. Most of these courses are part of the current graduate curricula in the involved colleges. Student will choose from available graduate electives that are contributed by five participating colleges. The electives are organized in four different categories i.e. science, engineering, public health and business/law and the students will be free to select according to their interests and career plans.
Admission is available for fall, spring or summer. While the program is designed to serve students with various backgrounds (i.e. biology, mathematics, computer sciences), some basic training in biochemistry, genetics and programming is strongly recommended. Applicants must fulfill the following:
Complete and submit a USF Graduate School Application.
What we will need from you:
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.
*International students should apply by September 15, if possible.
In addition to the requirements listed above, international students must also submit the documents listed below. Unofficial copies can be used for admissions review, but final admission will not be granted until official documents are received and processed by the Office of Admissions.
The requirement for proof of English language proficiency can be waived if:
Please review the Office of Admissions website for full details of specific requirements for international students.