Master's in Biotechnology

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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 Ph.D. degree 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: jackwebster@health.usf.edu

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.

Accreditation:

Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools.


Curriculum

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)

Contact Us

Admissions and general information, please contact: 
Email: biomed@health.usf.edu

Program Director/Advisor:
Dr. J. Matt Webster
Email: jackwebster@health.usf.edu

Assistant Director:
Leigh West
Email: westl@usf.edu


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  • Electives Curriculum

    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.

    Electives Include

    Science:

    • 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

    Engineering:

    • 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

    Business/Law:

    • 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:

    Requirements:

    • Prior training in biochemistry, genetics, or molecular biology 
    • Minimum GRE test score of 297, or MCAT test score of 500  
    • 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
  • Application Steps

    Step 1:

    Complete and submit a USF Graduate School Application.

    Step 2:

    What we will need from you:

    • 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 



  • Application Deadlines

    Fall

    Domestic Students: June 1
    International Students: June 1

    Spring

    Domestic Students: October 15
    International Students: September 15

    Summer

    Domestic Students: February 15
    International Students: February 15

  • International Student Requirements

    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.

    1. A course-by-course foreign credential evaluation from a NACES accredited evaluation service.
    2. Proof of English language proficiency. Unless a student is from an English speaking country (list of countries available on the Office of Admissions website), proficiency must be demonstrated in one of the following ways:
      • IELTS score of 6.5 or higher (taken within 2 years of desired term of entry)
      • PTE-A score of 53 or higher
      • TOEFL score of:
        • 79 (internet-based test)
        • 213 (computer-based test)
        • 550 (written test)
    3. The requirement for proof of English language proficiency can be waived if:

        • A student earns 153 or higher on GRE Verbal
        • A student has earned a college degree at a regionally accredited U.S. institution of higher learning

    Please review the Office of Admissions website for full details of specific requirements for international students.

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