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Medical Biotechnology, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
University rank #231 (QS) , IL,
The University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford offers graduate training leading to the Master of Science in Medical Biotechnology degree at the University of Illinois at Chicago. The program is administered by the Department of Biomedical Sciences.


The Master of Science in Medical Biotechnology at the University of Illinois at Chicago will train students in the major techniques and disciplines commonly used in biotechnology. Course subjects may include recombinant DNA and genomics, protein production and proteomics, biological systems, drug design and development processes. In addition, students will receive direct experience with many of the analytical and testing techniques used in the biotechnology and healthcare industries. Workplace-related training will include an introduction to pertinent regulatory issues and practices, basic training in proposal preparation and public presentation of technical topic and training in program management systems and product development processes.

A unique aspect of this program is the focus on biotechnology in medicine. Students are trained in the sciences and business practices important to biotechnology using medical applications. Scientists with industrial biotechnology experience, legal and regulatory professionals that serve the industry and practicing physicians will participate as instructors in the experience-directed course work and research activities.

Classes will also be offered in the evenings or weekends, thereby allowing students to earn their MS degree while still working full- or part-time.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • DNA and Proteins
  • Cell Biology
  • Immunotechnology, Microbiology and Cellular Therapy
  • Pharmacology, Toxicology and Clinical Trials
  • Principles and Techniques in Molecular Biology

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

  • This programme accepts GRE® scores. However, it does not provide a recommended score range.

    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

General Requirements

  • Baccalaureate Degree - A baccalaureate degree or its equivalent in a science- or engineering-related field from an accredited college or university will be required, except in special cases. Prior academic work should include college mathematics, general biology and biochemistry, general and organic chemistry, or the equivalent engineering courses.
  • Transcripts Required - Transcripts are required from all institutions where the applicant earned the last 60 semester hours (90 quarter hours) of credit toward the baccalaureate degree and from all institutions where postbaccalaureate work has been done.
  • Minimum English Competency Test Scores 
  • Letters of Recommendation - Three required.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    23900 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11950 USD per semester and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    23900 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11950 USD per semester and a duration of 12 months.
  • In-State

    11660 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5830 USD per semester and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Chicago

  • 1297 - 2500 USD/month
    Living Costs

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