Key learning outcomes
Through the master’s degree in the field of Biotechnology offered by Harvard University, you:
- Develop an understanding of biotechnology theory and research, including human physiology and genetics, cancer, proteomics, genomics, and epigenetics.
- Build knowledge of current industry practices, including biotechnology innovation and molecular biology techniques.
- Gain experience in experimental or case study design, scientific data analysis, writing and communication, ethical practices, and effective collaboration.
The degree consists of 12 courses, with at least four taken on campus.
- Get started. You begin by completing two stipulated degree courses as outlined on the degree requirements page. This is your opportunity to demonstrate your commitment and ability to perform well as a Harvard student.
- Apply to the program. While completing your second degree course, you submit the admission application. We have application cycles in the fall, spring, and summer.
- Continue your studies, online and on campus. As you progress through the program, you choose from courses offered on campus or online, year round in the fall, spring, or summer. To fully experience Harvard, you take at least four courses on campus.
- Complete your thesis or capstone.
- If you choose the thesis track, you'll work independently with a thesis director to conduct in-depth research on a topic relevant to your work experience or academic interests, producing publishable quality results. You’ll emerge with a solid understanding of how scientific research is executed and communicated.
- If you choose the capstone track, you'll create a business plan for a new company, emerging technology, or ground-breaking drug. You'll do all the background research including SWOT and feasibility analysis. Then, you'll pitch your idea to a panel of experts.
- Graduate with your Harvard degree. You participate in the annual Harvard Commencement, receiving your Harvard University degree: Master of Liberal Arts (ALM) in Extension Studies, field: Biotechnology.
The Master of Liberal Arts, Biotechnology degree field consists of 12 courses, four of which are required on campus. You choose a thesis or capstone track.
12 Graduate CoursesThe degree is only for students with an undergraduate degree in a science field (physical, life, or computer science), at least one year of proven postbaccalaureate scientific research experience, and an academic background in molecular, cellular, and organismal biology.
- 3 Biotechnology life sciences courses
- Ethics and Trends in Biotechnology
- 4 Biotechnology electives
- Thesis proposal tutorial
- Master's thesis part one
- Master's thesis part two
- 1 additional biotechnology elective
- Precapstone: Entrepreneurship and Innovation
- The capstone
- 12 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- Apply before
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DisciplinesEntrepreneurship Biotechnology Genetics View 230 other Masters in Biotechnology in United States
To begin the admissions process you simply register—no application needed—for the following two graduate-level degree courses:
- BIOT 200 Proseminar: Introduction to Graduate Studies and Scholarly Writing in Biotechnology
- 1 biotechnology life science course
- Before you enroll in any degree-applicable courses, you must possess a four-year regionally accredited US bachelor's degree. You cannot already have or be in the process of earning a master's degree in Biotechnology or a related field. Foreign bachelor’s degrees must be evaluated, and the Admissions Office makes final determinations about eligibility.
- English is the language of instruction at Harvard Extension School. If your native language is not English, you must have provided designated proof of English proficiency to register in the courses.
International37200 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 37200 USD for the full programme during 12 months.
National37200 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 37200 USD for the full programme during 12 months.
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