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New Master of Science in Biotechnology Established

Duquesne's Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences (BSNES) has received approval from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to offer a program of instruction leading to a Master of Science in Biotechnology. Dr. Alan W. Seadler, the Edward V. Fritzky Chair in Biotechnology Leadership at the University, has been named program director during this inaugural period.

While traditional M.S. programs in the sciences serve to train students for careers in academic research, the skills required in small and large biomedical industries include proficiency in modern laboratory techniques as well as a variety of skills in management, communication, and product development. The program's first students will begin classes in Spring 2008.

"The M.S. in biotechnology offers our graduate students a new dimension of learning. By increasing their scientific knowledge and by learning fundamental business and communication skills, they will be better equipped in this competitive job market," said Dean David Seybert of BSNES.

In the spring, the state approved the program, which is designed to train students who have received undergraduate science degrees for careers in research and development, product development or project management in the life sciences industry. In addition, the M.S. in biotechnology offers a pathway for students currently working in laboratory positions to gain the scientific and business knowledge they need to advance their careers.

"The program is designed to enhance scientific knowledge and skills, while providing interwoven business and communications knowledge," Seadler explained. "It is still growing and we hope to add mathematics and bioinformatics as electives next year."

Program faculty includes members from both BSNES and the John F. Donahue Graduate School of Business. Courses will be taught in the evening and late afternoon, at convenient times for working professionals. A part-time student can complete the curriculum in two years of evening classes.

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