M.Sc. On Campus

Biological Sciences - Biotechnology

Illinois State University

12 months
838 USD/credit 25140 USD/year
838 USD/credit 25140 USD/year
404 USD/credit 12120 USD/year
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The Biological Sciences - Biotechnology sequence provides M.S. students at Illinois State University with broad training in major areas of biotechnology via lecture and seminar courses, laboratory courses, and original lab research culminating in the M.S. thesis.


Biological Sciences - Biotechnology courses at Illinois State University and thesis research may be in diverse areas including biological chemistry, cell and molecular biology, genetics, genomics, immunology and microbiology. 

Learning outcomes

Students learn to conduct basic or applied research in biotechnology areas, utilizing current techniques (e.g., protein biochemistry, DNA/genome manipulations, bioinformatics, transgenic organisms, immunological methods, flow cytometry, electron and confocal microscopy).

The Biotechnology sequence is an option for students enrolled in the M.S. degree program.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Independent Research For The Master's Thesis

  • Advanced Studies In Specialized Fields: Advances In Genomics

  • Biotechnology Laboratory I: DNA Techniques

  • Biotechnology Laboratory II: Cell Biology Techniques

  • Advanced Cell Biology

  • Advanced Molecular Biology

  • Advanced Studies In Specialized Fields: Issues In Biotechnology

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • have earned a four-year bachelor's degree or its equivalent from a college or university that is accredited by the appropriate regional accrediting association, or do so within one academic year
  • present unofficial transcripts from each college or university other than Illinois State at which graduate, undergraduate, or non-degree credit was earned. 
  • The first step in the application process is to ask about working in a lab. We do not admit graduate students unless they have at least one faculty member who is willing to have them in their lab.
  • You must have a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework or any previous work in a master’s program.
  • Curriculum Vitae or Resume

  • Statement of Academic and Professional Goals

  • Letters of Recommendation

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    25140 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 838 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    25140 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 838 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • In-State

    12120 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 404 USD per credit during 12 months.

Living costs for Normal

1100 - 1500 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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