Biotechnology, M.Sc. | University of California, Irvine (UCI) | Irvine, United States
24 months
33619 USD/year
33619 USD/year
18517 USD/year
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The Department of Molecular Biology & Biochemistry also offers the Biotechnology program of the University of California, Irvine (UCI). Biotechnology utilizes basic knowledge from the biological sciences, chemistry, and chemical engineering to solve practical problems in the fields of medicine, agriculture and chemical manufacturing.


Biotechnology, MS at UCI BioSci

The Biotechnology program of the University of California, Irvine (UCI) emphasizes formal training and immediate participation in research. First-year students participate in core technical laboratories in protein isolation and characterization, animal and microbial cell culture and recombinant DNA methodology. Students also participate in individual faculty research projects.

Why Get A Masters Degree in Biotechnlogy?

Over the last 20 years, biotechnology has revolutionized the pharmaceutical industry through the creation of recombinant protein products including bovine and human growth hormones, insulin, interferons, and erthythropoietins. In agriculture, biotechnology has produced herbicides and insect-resistant plants and will have a major impact on society by producing high-yielding nutritious crops that can grow in high salinity, drought, and in extreme cold. In the field of medicine, genetically engineered animals, as well as human gene therapies, have immense potential.

Recently, the discovery of stem cells has been suggested by many to represent one of the most important medical discoveries of past 100 years. Over the last several years there has been a remarkable surge in literature documenting the feasibility of using stem cells to treat a broad spectrum of human diseases including multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, ALS, type-1 diabetes, arthritis, burns, and spinal cord injury. In addition, stem cells are being used in basic research laboratories to help elucidate fundamental concepts in molecular, cellular, and developmental biology.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Protein Structure & Function
  • Recombinant DNA Techniques
  • Recombinant DNA Theory
  • Structure & Biosynthesis of Nucleic Acids
  • Protein Isolation & Characterization
  • Protein Isolation Theory

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


60 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Admission is contingent upon the successful completion of a bachelor’s of science degree, or equivalent
  • Applications are evaluated on the basis of grades (minimum 3.0 GPA)
  • Three recommendation letters
  • General GRE scores
  • Foreign students will be required to submit a TOEFL score and occasionally a TSE score.
  • Applicants from India must submit one of the following in order to be eligible for Graduate studies consideration: a continuous 4 year degree from an accredited University, College or Institution or a completed 3 year Bachelor’s accompanied with a completed 2 year Masters. The combination of 3+2 would be the equivalent of the U.S. Bachelor’s. We do not accept a straight 3 year Bachelor’s nor do we accept a 1 year completion of the 2 year Masters in the 3 + 2 combination.

Tuition Fee

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    33619 USD/year
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  • National

    33619 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 33619 USD per year during 24 months.
  • In-State

    18517 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 18517 USD per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Irvine

1560 - 2585 USD /month
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