Programs of Study

Biotechnology

Master of Science (MS) in Biotechnology

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

Program Tracks

Our M.S. in Biotechnology program is composed of two curriculum tracks, depending upon your point of entry. Marywood undergraduates in their junior year can apply for admission into our 5-year bachelor's to master's program. Applicants who already possess a bachelor's degree in the life sciences can enter the 2-year, stand-alone M.S. track. Neither track requires a written thesis.

More About This Degree


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

Lisa Antoniacci, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Biology and Biotechnology, Directory of Biotechnology Program, and Health Professions Adviosry Committee (HPAC) Chairperson
Courses: Biotechnology, Immunology, Microbiology, Molecular Genetics, Cell Biology
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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.

Joshua

Without Dr. Speicher’s support, encouragement, and guidance I would not have had the success I do now.

Joshua Mecca is a 2014 graduate of the master’s program in biotechnology and along with fellow graduate John Strauss, a 2014 graduate of the biology program, founded M&S Biotics, LLC, a healthcare analytics company that leverages Artificial Intelligence and RFID technology to create more efficient, effective, and safer surgical procedures.. The data that M&S Biotics, LLC provides allows hospitals to optimize all aspects of surgical procedures while improving sterile processing and distribution practices. M&S Biotics is the first fully comprehensive solution to aid in the advancement of healthcare efficiency, efficacy, and safety.

Mr. Mecca’s enthusiasm for entrepreneurism was sparked in his class with Christopher Speicher, Ph.D., associate professor of business at Marywood, through an interdisciplinary course, entrepreneurship, which was offered through his biotechnology program. Mr. Mecca said, “Without Dr. Speicher’s support, encouragement, and guidance I would not have had the success I do now. Additionally, this could not have been possible without the help from the University’s science and mathematics department, which helped to mold me into the innovator I am today.”

Dr. Speicher said, “The Entrepreneurship program gives students from various disciplines, including biology, biotechnology, art, music, and nutrition, to name a few, the opportunity to put their ideas into practice by learning the business side of their passion and ideas.” The entrepreneurial classes are not discipline-specific. “We’re impressed by the entrepreneurial spirit in students majoring in different disciplines. We can provide the right tools and help students achieve their passions,” he continued.

Specific Program Requirements

MS Biotechnology Program Admission 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

Lauren Tokash

Graduate Admissions Counselor
ltokash@marywood.edu
Phone: 570-348-6211 ext 2271

About me: I joined the Marywood Admissions team in February 2018.  I graduated from The Pennsylvania State University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies and a minor in Psychology.  I was born and raised in Moscow, PA and currently reside in Jermyn, PA with my husband and our dog, Copper.

My interests: I love to be with my family and friends!  During the summer I spend most of my free time on my family’s boat at Lake Wallenpaupack.  It truly is one of my favorite places to be. I also enjoy doing anything outdoors, traveling, and venturing to new places to eat.

My favorite thing about Marywood:  Everyone is so pleasant and welcoming.  From the faculty and staff to the students, you can’t walk around campus without getting a friendly hello.  

My favorite place at Marywood: The entire campus at Marywood is beautiful. But, if I had to narrow it down, I would say the School of Architecture is my favorite.  The converted building is very impressive!

You’d never guess: I love to go fishing, especially for trout!  I always get an interesting reaction from people when I inform them of this.  I have formed a great bond with my dad and husband while fishing and will continue to be by the stream every opening day in April!   

Best advice: Ask questions! This is YOUR investment and YOUR future, you want to make sure you get it right.   Whether you are confirming the application process with your admissions counselor or learning more about the field from faculty, don’t be afraid to ask any and all questions you may have.