Biological Design, M.Sc. | Arizona State University | Tempe Junction, United States
12 months
26460 USD/year
24498 USD/year
12014 USD/year
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Learn to seamlessly traverse the spectrum between technology and biology in order to solve current and future challenges relating to energy, environment, human health, sustainability and security, all with this Biological Design degree at Arizona State University. You will work on use-inspired projects and research with world-class faculty and peers.


Students pursuing the MS degree in Biological Design at Arizona State University are trained in the continuum between technology and biology by participating in a flexible training program that requires students to take one program core course, one course from a suite of biotechnology courses, and one from a suite of statistics courses.

The flexibility of this program, while maintaining key instructional structure, allows students from both traditional and non-traditional engineering backgrounds to have access to training and mentoring simultaneously in both engineering and technology with a biological focus. This allows students from diverse backgrounds to have access to transdisciplinary education and training that they would not have in traditional program settings.

As part of coursework and applied projects or theses, students read literature; identify critical problems related to energy, environment, human health, sustainability and security; and develop solutions to these problems using a synergy of technological and biological solutions, either in teams (course projects) or individually (thesis or applied project). Students are mentored by faculty from different colleges and schools at ASU.

Career opportunities

The master of science program in biological design trains a new type of student at this very interface, with cutting-edge skills at the continuum spanning technology and biology. It is anticipated that graduates will find placement in the broader biotechnology industry including biopharmaceutical processing, biomanufacturing, sustainable biotechnology, and food and agribusiness industries. Some graduates will likely pursue careers in entrepreneurship (e.g. start-up companies), law (e.g. patent law), regulatory affairs and medicine.

Career examples include:

  • clinical laboratory technologists
  • environmental engineers
  • environmental scientists and specialists
  • epidemiologists
  • health and safety engineers
  • microbiologists

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Biological Design
  • Six Sigma Methodology/Engineering Experimentation
  • Regression Analysis
  • Mathematical Statistics
  • Bioenergy and Microbial Biotechnology
  • Cellular and System Modeling
  • Chimeras and Recombinant Organisms in Medicine
  • Environmental Microbiology
  • Microbial Bioprocess Engineering
  • Nanobiotechnology
  • Synthetic Biology and Metabolic Engineering

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

Applicants must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a bachelor's or master's degree in a related field, including physical sciences, biological sciences, and engineering from a regionally accredited institution.

Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in the last 60 hours of their first bachelor's degree program, or applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in an applicable master's degree program.

All applicants must submit:

  • graduate admission application and application fee
  • official transcripts
  • three letters of recommendation
  • personal statement
  • proof of English proficiency

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    26460 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 26460 USD per year during 12 months.
  • National

    24498 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 24498 USD per year during 12 months.
  • In-State

    12014 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12014 USD per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Tempe Junction

900 - 1350 USD /month
Living costs

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