Splicing Science, Entrepreneurship, and Management

The Professional Science Master’s in Biotechnology program is more than just learning the latest science. It’s also innovative because you develop entrepreneurial and business management skills. Graduates of this program go on to do great things, including advance their career in private industry, pursue doctoral degrees, or become biotechnology entrepreneurs.
The Professional Science Master’s in Biotechnology program features:
  • Advanced science coursework that lays the practical and theoretical foundation for innovative genomics, neuroscience, developmental biology, and analytical chemistry.
  • A sequence of innovation courses that prepare you to translate scientific research into commercial enterprise.
  • Business courses within AU’s Kogod School of Business, ranked one of the top 25 business schools in the U.S. (Fortune Magazine).
  • The flexibility to pursue scholarly on-campus research or industry experience through external internships at the many scientific institutions in the Washington, DC area.

Accelerator Admission
Details (Fall 2017)

Master’s Accelerator 1 Master’s Accelerator 2 Pre-Sessional English Language
GPA 3.0 3.0 3.0
IELTS 6.5 6.0 5.5
Program Start Date August 20, 2017 August 20, 2017 August 24, 2017
Qualifying undergraduate degrees:
4-year undergraduate degree or equivalent from an accredited institution. Undergraduate degree required in biology or chemistry if biology component was integrated.
Coursework required in: Introduction to Biology – two semesters; Chemistry – one semester. Two of the following three options: one semester of Cell Biology, Genetics, Biochemistry.

Sample Coursework

Below is a list of degree-related courses you might take during your Master’s Accelerator Program. Courses may change based on availability and your preferences.
  • Biotechnology
  • Genomics
  • Molecular Biology
  • Research Methodology in Biology
  • Research Methods
  • Science of Writing
  • Statistical Methods

Progression Details

Master’s Accelerator 1 Master’s Accelerator 2 Pre-Sessional English Language
Credits Earned Towards Degree 6 9 0
Progression Into Master’s degree program Master’s degree program Master’s Accelerator 2
Progression Requirements GPA of 3.0 with no grade lower than a B GPA of 3.0 with no grade lower than a B Completion of level 6 of ELTA with a grade of C or better in all coursework
Total credits required for degree: 36 credit hours

Tuition Costs

Master’s Accelerator 1 Master’s Accelerator 2 Pre-Sessional English Language Cost Per Credit After Accelerator1 Total Credits Required For Degree
Master’s in Biotechnology $19,900 $27,900 $8,060 $1,526 36

1Cost per credit hour subject to change. Number of credits and semesters remaining after completion of Master’s Accelerator varies by program and student. The average graduate student takes between 12-16 credits per semester.

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