Biotechnology, M.Sc. | University of Wisconsin Madison | Madison, United States
24 months
25504 USD/year
25504 USD/year
12176 USD/year
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The master of science (M.S.) in Biotechnology offered by the University of Wisconsin Madison provides students with an overarching view of modern biotechnology operations, addressing fundamental scientific and legal matters, innovative technologies and complex business issues.


Students of the Biotechnology program at the University of Wisconsin Madison thrive in a face-to-face environment rich in academic and industrial collaboration, leaving the program prepared to assume leadership roles in the biotechnology industry. Practical and results oriented, this two-year program provides the foundation necessary for succeeding and advancing in one of the fastest growing and most complex industries in the world. Top-rated UW–Madison faculty and talented business partners in Wisconsin combine their expertise to provide hands-on, problem-solving experiences while offering flexible schedules for students, including convenient weekend and evening courses.

The M.S. in Biotechnology Program is a face-to-face graduate degree where students meet every other week over seven sessions each semester. The meeting times are every other Thursday night, all day Friday, and Saturday mornings.

Learning outcomes

  • Apply core scientific and business principles to distinguish the difference between scientific and commercial success, and gain insight in to the challenge of balancing product usefulness with positive return on investment.
  • Understand how regulation is developed and how it interacts with business and finance to influence the formation and growth of technology companies.
  • Understand and apply modern biotechnology methods and practice, as well as effective written and oral scientific communication, through hands-on participation in the laboratory.
  • Apply knowledge of seven functional specialties (regulatory affairs, quality assurance, biomanufacturing, quality control, non-clinical development, clinical development and project management) to the coordinated process of product development.
  • Understand the processes, technologies, scientific principles and major challenges of the early drug discovery process as it continues to evolve.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Intellectual Property, Patents and Licensing
  • Biotechnology Regulation and Ethics
  • Molecular Technologies 
  • Business of Biotechnology: Sustaining Growth
  • Biotechnology Operations
  • Early Drug Discovery
  • Advanced Biotechnology: Global Perspectives

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A one- or two-page statement of purpose that provides: a brief summary of your professional and academic background, a clear explanation of your short- and long-term professional goals, and a clear explanation of how the M.S. in biotechnology degree will help you meet your goals. (Please be specific to the M.S. in biotechnology degree.)
  • Professional resume

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    25504 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 25504 USD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    25504 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 25504 USD per year during 24 months.
  • In-State

    12176 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12176 USD per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Madison

1015 - 1752 USD /month
Living costs

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