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
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.
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
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
Michael C. Kiel, Ph.D.
Chairperson, Associate Professor of Biology
Courses: Cell Biology, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Biotechnology
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.
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
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
- Official, sealed transcripts
- Two or three letters of recommendation
Find Your Counselor
Stanley KaniaGraduate 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.