Northwestern University

15 months
33056 USD/year
33056 USD/year
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The Biotechnology program of Northwestern University prepares scientists and engineers for fulfilling and dynamic careers in biotechnology and associated professions by offering extensive laboratory research, integrated coursework, and training in current industry practices.


The Biotechnology program of Northwestern University relies on the input of our Industrial Advisory Board to ensure that MBP students graduate with a complete set of competencies designed to satisfy the demands of modern biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies.

Biotechnology is a young, vibrant and diverse discipline, whose tenet is to use microorganisms for the manufacturing of biological therapeutics, foods, chemicals, and other products benefitting people. It includes agrobiotechnology, biopharmaceuticals, diagnostics, and bioremediation. The future of biotechnology lies in advances in healthcare, industrial biotechnology, biofuels, and cleantech.

The majority of MBP students are recent graduates seeking careers in biotechnology and associated fields, as well as the competitive advantage an MS degree provides. At least half are biology majors; the rest are engineers, biotechnologists, and other science majors. The expected class size is 30–40 students per year.

Career paths

Our interdisciplinary approach provides students with the flexibility and knowledge to pursue a number of biotechnology professions. In addition to becoming research and process development specialists, MBP graduates have taken up roles as consultants, regulatory affairs associates, and analysts. Our program can also prepare students to meet the demands of doctoral programs. MBP graduates have pursued PhDs in Chemical Engineering and the Biological Sciences while others have gone on to work towards their MD or JD.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Balances and Kinetics for Bioprocessing
  • Fluids and Mass Transfer for Bioprocessing
  • Experimental Techniques in Molecular Biotechnology
  • Bioprocess Engineering: Properties and Separation of Biologically Produced Molecules
  • Technology Commercialization Fundamentals
  • Critical Thinking and Communication

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 15 months

Start dates & application deadlines




30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It 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.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Fill out and submit the online application.
  • Participate in an interview in person, by phone, or via Skype within 4 weeks of the submission of the online application. Interviews will take place during the first week of each month (see below for schedule).
  • Arrange for two recommenders to provide evaluations and receive an official decision.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    33056 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16528 USD per semester and a duration of 15 months.
  • National

    33056 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16528 USD per semester and a duration of 15 months.
  • per quarter: $16,528


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