• Careers in biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, health care, & more
  • Blend science with communication, management, analytical reasoning
  • 5-year B.S. to M.S. or 2-year M.S. track

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Biotechnology at Marywood

The M.S. Biotechnology program will prepare you for careers in broad fields related to biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, health care, as well as many others. This professional science master’s (PSM) program is an interdisciplinary graduate degree that blends modern science education with communication skills, management and business understanding, and analytical reasoning. The present market for scientists with a MS Biotechnology degree is strong, due to the fact that master’s level biotech and pharmaceuticals workers can handle many of the needs for a given company, such as laboratory discovery research in addition to roles in management. A Professional Science Master’s -based M.S. Biotechnology degree is ideal for mid- and upper-level technical/lab research and business-management/research positions in private, public and government sectors, as well for academic instructor positions in academia. If you are considering a doctoral degree as part of your future goals, this degree is also more attractive to medical, veterinary and dental schools. Finally, the M.S. Biotechnology degree will give you graduate training without investing the time required for a Ph.D.

More About This Degree

Michael Kiel, Ph.D.
Chairperson, Associate Professor of Biology
Courses: Cell Biology, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Biotechnology

Lisa Antoniacci, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Biology, HPAC Chair
Courses: Biotechnology, Immunology, Microbiology, Molecular Genetics, Cell Biology

Christopher Brey, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Courses: Biotechnology and Genetics
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The M.S. Biotechnology program is housed primarily in the Center for Natural and Health Sciences (CNHS), which is equipped with five laboratories, computer/bioinformatics labs and a multimedia auditorium. Labs include a new biotechnology teaching and research space. Recent grant awards from the National Science Foundation and from Sanofi Pasteur (Swiftwater, PA) have further strengthened the CNHS facilities.

Specific Program Requirements

MS Biotechnology Program Requirements

Graduate Admissions Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • “B” average during undergraduate study or demonstrated potential for graduate work
  • Completed application
  • Essay
  • Official, sealed transcripts
  • Two or three letters of recommendation

Find Your Counselor

Stanley Kania

Graduate Admissions Counselor
Phone: 570-348-6211 ext 2271

About me: I joined the Marywood Admissions staff as a Graduate Admissions Counselor in August 2011. A native of Northeast PA, I am a two-time graduate of Marywood University receiving my Bachelors of Arts in Political Science/Law in 2011 and a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) in 2014. In May 2016, I began my two year term as President of PAGAP, the Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Association of Graduate Admissions Professionals. I also serve my alma mater as the 2nd Vice-President of the Marywood Alumni Association Board of Directors. Currently, I am pursuing my doctorate degree in Marywood University’s Ph.D Program in Human Development focusing my studies in Organizational Leadership. My research interests include alumni engagement in collegiate recruiting, leadership in higher education, and the utilization of post-secondary institutions as incubators for entrepreneurship. My goal in obtaining my PhD is to become a college professor or an enrollment management administrator.

My interests: In my spare time, I love to golf, cook, travel, and hang out with family and friends.

My favorite thing about Marywood: There are endless opportunities for students to get involved in clubs and extra-curricular activities on both the undergraduate and graduate level.

My favorite place on campus: The Admissions Office because I have the privilege of having the best colleagues anyone can ask for.

You'd never guess: I was so indecisive as to what I wanted to major in as an undergraduate that I changed my major nine times.

My best advice: When it comes to applying for graduate school, it is important to do a few things: plan accordingly to get all materials submitted in time, visit campus and tour the academic department of your intended program, and stay in constant contact with your counselor if you have any questions or concerns.

Program Course Requirements

(Total credits: 37-39)


COMM 503 Public Presentation
PSY 501 Research Methods
PUB 511 Ethics in Management
* BUS 500+ Graduate Business (MBA)
* BUS 500+ Graduate Business (MBA)
* BUS 500+ Graduate Business (MBA)
  Interdisciplinary Total Credits

*Graduate Business (MBA) courses required; choose a total of three (3):

BUS 542 Financial Planning & Management
BUS 556 Business Venture & Entrepreneur

At the UG level, BUS 321 is recommended before taking BUS 542 and BUS 556.

BUS 541 Organizational Behavior and Development
BUS 568 Legal Aspects of the Administrative Process
BUS 570 Marketing & Strategic Planning

At the UG level, BUS 341 is recommended before taking BUS 541, BUS 568, and BUS 570.

BUS 546 Managing the Organization in the Marketspace
BUS 569 Management of Technology
At the UG level, BUS 301 is recommended before taking BUS 546 and BUS 569.


BIOL 501 Cell Culture
BIOL 502 Bioinformatics
BIOL 520 Literature Review
BIOL 540 + L Molecular & Cellular Biology
BIOL 583 Emerging Medicines and Technologies
Science Total Credits: 15

III. SCIENCE ELECTIVES (Choose 2 electives)

ENVS 520 + L Ecology
3 (4)
BIOL 521 + L Biochemistry
3 (4)
BIOL 122 Biochemstry II 3
BIOL 530 Laboratory Instruction
BIOL 532 + L Immunology
3 (4)
BIOL 546 + L Genetics
3 (4)
BIOL 595 Research
1 or 2
Science Elective Total Credits: 4-6

Total Number of Credits: 37-39

** BIOL 530: Student enrollment approved by Program Director and Department Chairperson.