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Biotechnology, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 15 months
University rank #31 (QS) , IL,
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

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 15 months
    • Duration description
      15 months (5 quarters) without an optional internship or 21 months (7 quarters) with an optional 6-month industrial or academic internship
  • Credits
    60 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3.5

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3.5 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).

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.
  • In-State

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

Living costs for Evanston

  • 1100 - 1500 USD/month
    Living Costs

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