MS in Biotechnology Professional Science Master’s Program

Program Information

The USF Master’s of Science in Biotechnology is a specialized degree that prepares graduates for work in active scientific settings, 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 the internships, the “real life” experience, which will equip students with the essential tools for a successful career in the field of biotechnology. Graduates take jobs in the Biotechnology Industry or pursue Ph.D. degree programs, medical school, dental school, veterinary school or pharmacy school.  

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: 

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. 

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)
Elective (3 credits)

Spring Semester (14 credits)
GMS 6069 Translational Biotechnology (3 credits)
GMS 6194 Biotechnology Forum (1 credit)
EIN 6106 Technology and Law (3 credits)
Elective (6 credits)

Summer Semester (9 credits)
BCH 6943 Biotechnology Internship (3 credits)
BSC 6437 Biotechnology and Bioethics (3 credits)
Elective (3 credits)

Electives Include


  • Stem Cells in Brain Repair
  • Principles of Pharmacology and Therapeutics
  • Aging and Neuroscience
  • Vaccines and Applied Immunology
  • Graduate Seminar
  • Basic Medical Microbiology/Immunology
  • Medical Parasitology and Mycology
  • Microbial Pathogenesis and Host parasite interactions
  • Structural Biology
  • Foundations in Med Microbiology & Immunology
  • Applied Bioinformatics
  • Molecular Basis of Disease
  • Molecular Cellular Immunology
  • Basic Medical Genetics
  • Advances in Virology
  • Fundamentals of Structural Bioinformatics
  • Python Programming
  • FDA Regulations
  • Directed Research


  • Intro to Bioengineering
  • Biomedical Engineering I
  • Biomedical Engineering II
  • Biomaterials I: Material Properties
  • Biomaterials II: Biocompatibility
  • Biotransport Phenomena
  • Bioseparations
  • Theory and Design of Bioprocesses
  • Pharmaceutical Engineering
  • Environmental Biotechnology

Public Health:

  • Environmental Occupational Toxicology
  • Biostatistics I
  • Biostatistics II
  • Epidemiology
  • Design and Conduct of Clinical Trials


  • Strategic Market Assessment for New Technologies
  • New Venture Formation
  • Business Plan Development
  • Entrepreneurship Strategy
  • Fundamentals of Venture Capital and
  • Private Equity in Entrepreneurship
  • Principles of Intellectual Property
  • Case Studies: Intellectual Property in Biotechnology  

Admission Requirements / Applying

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:


  • 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
  • Statement of purpose, indicating how the program would suit the student's interests and serve his/her professional goals
  • Resume
  • Typed Graduate Program Application
  • Two letters of recommendation

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