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 (2018)

Advanced Master’s Accelerator ProgramMaster’s Accelerator ProgramPre-Sessional English Language
GPA3.03.03.0
IELTS6.56.05.5
Available EntrySpring or FallSpring, Summer, or Fall
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

Advanced Master’s Accelerator ProgramMaster’s Accelerator ProgramPre-Sessional English Language
Credits Earned Towards Degree690
Progression IntoMaster’s degree programMaster’s degree programMaster’s Accelerator Program
Progression RequirementsGPA of 3.0 with no grade lower than a BGPA of 3.0 with no grade lower than a BSuccessful completion of the qualifying level in ELTA with a grade of B or higher in each course
Total credits required for degree: 36 credit hours

Tuition Costs

Advanced Master’s Accelerator ProgramMaster’s Accelerator ProgramPre-Sessional English LanguageCost Per Credit After Accelerator1Total Credits Required For Degree
Master’s in Biotechnology$20,653$29,315$8,165$1,64236

Note: Pre-Sessional English Language costs represent Spring and Fall 2018. Price varies for summer semester. Please visit accelerator.american.edu/masters-accelerator/tuition for more detailed costs.

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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