Prepare to innovate and lead in the dynamic field of biotechnology

Gain the advanced scientific knowledge and real-world business skills today’s biotechnology employers want.

Master of Science in Biotechnology

As biotechnology transforms everything from medicine to agriculture, opportunities abound for highly skilled researchers, managers, and technical professionals. The biotechnology industry is in immediate need of innovative leaders and professionals who possess cross-functional expertise, combining the skills of a scientist, business strategist, and public policy advocate.

The Master of Science in Biotechnology from Northeastern University combines advanced interdisciplinary training in biotechnology, biology, chemistry and pharmaceutical sciences with the development of high-value business skills that power career success. Our program offers real-world experience and industry-tested faculty perspectives that will prepare you to play pivotal roles in today’s cutting-edge life science, biotechnology, and pharmaceutical industries.

Want to accelerate your path to a master's degree?
We also offer a Master of Science in Biotechnology - Experiential (1-year) program in Boston. This accelerated master's program is an intensive, work-based, experience-driven program that will propel you into this thriving industry faster. Select this program in the form to learn more.

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94%
$95K
94%
Northeastern graduates that land industry-related jobs
Median annual salary for biotechnology professionals (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2019)
Growth in biotechnology industry in MA in last 15 years while the industry as a whole is suspected to grow 14% by 2022. (MassBio, 2020)
"The skills that we learn [at Northeastern] are skills I've seen being applied in a lab setting. When I go into an academic lab and perform an experiment, I realize what the professor was talking about in class. Because of these experiences, I feel prepared for co-ops and full time jobs.
- Gaurav Saawant, MS '21
94%
$95K
Northeastern graduates that land industry-related jobs
Median annual salary for biotechnology professionals (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2019)

Entry terms

Fall & Spring

Course delivery

100% online or on campus in Boston

Application deadlines

Fall: August 1
Spring: December 1

Experience-powered learning


Leverage hands-on lab courses, learn from industry experts, and complete a required co-op to boost your career prospects and set you, and your resumé, apart.

A powerful network


During the program, you’ll tap into our biotechnology network of alumni and industry partners that include leading organizations like Genzyme, Biogen, Pfizer, Takeda, Amgen, and Novartis. Students who complete the program will be able to innovate and lead in research, managerial, and technical positions in the biotech industry.

About Northeastern

Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a global research university and the recognized leader in experiential lifelong learning. Our approach of integrating real-world experience with education, research, and innovation empowers our students, faculty, alumni, and partners to create worldwide impact.   

Our global university system provides our community and academic, government, and industry partners with unique opportunities to think locally and act globally. The system—which includes 13 campuses across the U.S., U.K., and Canada, 300,000-plus alumni, and 3,000 partners worldwide—serves as a platform for scaling ideas, talent, and solutions.

Northeastern’s personalized, experiential undergraduate and graduate programs lead to degrees through the doctorate in 10 colleges and schools across our campuses. Learning emphasizes the intersection of data, technology, and human literacies, uniquely preparing graduates for careers of the future and lives of fulfillment and accomplishment.

Our research enterprise, with an R1 Carnegie classification, is solutions-oriented and spans the world. Our faculty scholars and students work in teams that cross not just disciplines, but also sectors—aligned around solving today’s highly interconnected global challenges and focused on transformative impact for humankind.