Biotechnology (MS)

Revolutionizing Possibilities: Exploring the Frontiers of Biotechnology

Embark on a transformative journey through the multifaceted realm of biotechnology—an industry that spans diverse domains, from groundbreaking drugs and therapeutics to cutting-edge medical diagnostics, renewable energy, bio-agriculture, and more. Delve into the disciplines that drive innovation and commercialization, including research and development, regulatory affairs, quality assurance, manufacturing, and sales and marketing.

Unparalleled Curriculum

Our distinctive curriculum seamlessly integrates essential business fundamentals, fostering enhanced management and communication skills alongside comprehensive leadership training. Engage in immersive research internship and independent study courses, empowering you to embark on extensive research endeavors and showcase your exceptional written presentation prowess.

Access to Esteemed Faculty

Benefit from an intimate learning environment with small class sizes that foster invaluable mentorship and coaching by esteemed C-level executives from the biotechnology industry. Seize the opportunity to glean wisdom and insights from industry luminaries.

Cutting-Edge Research Facilities

Immerse yourself in state-of-the-art laboratories, working alongside nationally recognized researchers. Harness cutting-edge technologies and resources as you unravel the frontiers of biotechnology, pioneering novel advancements that push the boundaries of scientific discovery.

Unrivaled Preparation and Skill Development

Our program molds visionary leaders in business, technology, policy, and research. Equipped with an in-depth understanding of the research development process, our graduates emerge as trailblazers, poised to spearhead groundbreaking innovations that shape the future of biotechnology and beyond.

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Program Information

Experience an exceptional graduate-level program where advanced training in biotechnology, biology, biochemistry, and pharmaceutical sciences converges with high-value business acumen.



Academic Department



Hybrid program: 8 credits per semester

Required Credit Hours

30 credit hour

Faculty and Staff

Donald Very, Ph.D.

Donald Very, Ph.D.

Director, Biotechnology

Neil Campbell, D.B.A.

Neil Campbell, D.B.A.

Adjunct Instructor, Biotechnology

Lauren Ernst, Ph.D.

Lauren Ernst, Ph.D.

Adjunct Instructor, Biotechnology

Frank Falcione, E.M.B.A.

Frank Falcione, E.M.B.A.

Adjunct Instructor, Biotechnology

Alan Seadler, Ph.D.

Alan Seadler, Ph.D.

Adjunct Instructor, Biotechnology

Gary Wheaton, J.D.

Gary Wheaton, J.D.

Adjunct Instructor, Biotechnology

A Message from our Alumni

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Biotechnology is vast and includes a wide spectrum of subjects like genetics and molecular biology and one can advance his or her career in these fields. The world currently needs biotechnologists to contribute in curbing the Covid-19 pandemic. I strongly recommend this Program to those with a passion for science who have the desire to contribute to technological advances.

Kufreabasi Mary Etiebet M.S. in Biotechnology, '21


Empowering Career Advancement

Empowering Career Trajectories

As measured by the success of our alumni, our 30-credit hour program will prepare you for a rewarding career in a rapidly growing industry. Our graduates work in the medical device, diagnostics, pharmaceutical or bio-agriculture industry sectors, or continue their education in professional (medical, dental, law) or graduate school.

Alumni Industry Outcomes
  • Moderna
  • Jackson Labs
  • Medimmune
  • Merck
  • Mylan
  • Smith & Nephew
  • ThermoFisher
  • VWR International

Pittsburgh's Science & Tech Hub

Pittsburgh: An Eminent Nexus of Biotechnology and Life Sciences
  • With each passing day, Pittsburgh solidifies its position as a burgeoning hub for the transformative fields of biotechnology and life sciences. This thriving metropolis owes its rise to a harmonious convergence of world-class university research institutions, a highly skilled workforce, abundant resources, and a cost of living that makes it an attractive choice for aspiring professionals.
Unleashing Unparalleled Potential
  • Pittsburgh's top-tier university research institutions serve as beacons of innovation, driving groundbreaking discoveries that redefine the boundaries of biotechnology and life sciences. Immerse yourself in an ecosystem brimming with intellectual vitality, where the most brilliant minds collaborate to unravel the mysteries of science and pave the way for revolutionary advancements.
A Wealth of Talent
  • The city boasts a rich pool of talented individuals, offering a diverse range of expertise and skills essential for the success of biotechnology and life sciences enterprises. Whether you aspire to join emerging startups that are on the cusp of transforming industries or seek to contribute to established national and international business enterprises, Pittsburgh presents an array of captivating opportunities tailored to suit your aspirations.
A Confluence of Resources
  • Pittsburgh's enviable concentration of resources acts as a catalyst for the flourishing biotechnology and life sciences sectors. The city's vibrant ecosystem provides unparalleled access to state-of-the-art laboratories, cutting-edge technologies, funding opportunities, and collaborative networks that foster innovation and accelerate the translation of ideas into tangible solutions.
A Thriving Economy, Affordable Living
  • An added advantage lies in Pittsburgh's economical cost of living, which allows professionals to build rewarding careers without compromising their quality of life. Enjoy the benefits of a flourishing job market, a vibrant cultural scene, and a close-knit community that fosters collaboration and personal growth.
Embrace the Momentum
  • Seize the opportunity to be part of Pittsburgh's transformative journey as it emerges as a leading force in biotechnology and life sciences. Join a thriving ecosystem that empowers you to make a lasting impact, unravel the frontiers of science, and shape the future of these dynamic fields. Pittsburgh beckons, offering a remarkable blend of innovation, opportunity, and a vibrant lifestyle. Embrace the city's rise as an eminent center of biotechnology and life sciences, where your professional aspirations will find fertile ground to flourish and reach new heights.


The M.S. Degree Program in Biotechnology is a 30-credit hour course of study consisting of 21 credit hours of required courses and 9 credit hours of elective courses.

  • BTGY 504 Regulatory Aspects of the Development of Medical Products (3 credits) 
  • BTGY 508 Biotechnology (3 credits) 
  • BTGY 509 Biotechnology Product Development (3 credits) 
  • BTGY 510 Independent Study in Biotechnology (2 credits) 
  • BTGY 512 Bioanalytical Chemistry (3 credits) 
  • BTGY 516 Cell and Molecular Biology l (3 credits) 
  • BTGY 574 Ethics in Biotechnology (1 credit) 
  • BTGY 600 Bioinformatics in Biotechnology and Medicine (3 credits) 

Recommended Program electives include courses in: advanced science, leadership, management, business law, communication, conflict resolution, topics in biotechnology and research/internship experiences.

The Application Process

Application to the Biotechnology Program is easy using our online portal. To be considered for admission to the Program, all applicants must submit:

  • Completed online application form
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended colleges and universities
  • A minimum of two Letters of Recommendation
  • An official report of GRE scores from the Education Testing Service
  • Non-native English speaking students must submit official TOEFL, IELTS, or DuoLingo scores
  • All students admitted to the program are automatically considered for financial aid.  No application is necessary!
  • Students in good academic standing (GPA of at least 3.0) and taking at least 6 credits hours per semester are eligible Special Financial Award of 25% off graduate tuition.
  • Limited number of Graduate Assistantships with a stipend are available each semester.
  • The prestigious Bayer Fellowship Award, consisting of a scholarship and/or a stipend is awarded each year to the top students in the Program.

Questions? Contact Us!

Donald Very, Ph.D.

Director and Teaching Assistant Professor, Biotechnology Program

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