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College of Science

Master of Science in Biotechnology

Master’s Degree

The Master of Science in Biotechnology program prepares students to meet national and regional needs for a strong scientific workforce with the biotechnology expertise and professional skills needed to be immediately productive in industrial, governmental, and clinical settings. Tapping into Oakland’s location in the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area, the program prepares you to play a pivotal role in today’s cutting-edge life science, biotechnology, and pharmaceutical industries focused on genomics, proteomics, personalized medicine, drug discovery, and cancer therapy.

The Bay Area—home to top-ranking medical research institutions—is the birthplace of the biotech sector and the regional healthcare center.


Oakland, California




2-3 years



Program overview

Northeastern University’s Master of Science in Biotechnology is an innovative, non-thesis graduate degree program. The curriculum of this professional science master’s combines advanced interdisciplinary training in biology, chemistry, chemical engineering, and pharmaceutical science with the development of high-value business skills critical to success in today’s dynamic workplace. You’ll graduate prepared to innovate, collaborate, and lead as a research, managerial, or technical professional in a wide range of biotechnology specialties. The program is taught by respected faculty who are also senior leaders in their fields and bring extensive experience and first-hand knowledge of industry trends. 

You will select 17 credits of electives in place of concentration-specific courses. Our program features a co-op work experience with an industry, academic, or government employer. 

Unique features
  • Industry-aligned faculty.
  • Opportunities to participate in wet lab coursework experience.
  • Co-op real-world work experience with a leading industry, academic, or government employer.
  • This is a STEM-designated graduate degree.


For 100+ years, we’ve designed our programs with one thing in mind—your success. Explore the current program requirements and course descriptions, all designed to meet today’s industry needs and must-have skills.

Experiential learning

You can complete a three-to-eight-month co-op work experience or participate in an industry-based independent project, providing an invaluable opportunity to gain professional training within the commercial sector.

Explore co-ops and experiential learning.

Tuition and aid





This is an estimate based on the tuition rates for Academic Year 2024–2025 and does not include any fees or other expenses. Some courses and labs have tuition rates that may increase or decrease total tuition. Tuition and fees are subject to revision by the president and Board of Trustees at any time. Find detailed information on tuition and fees from Student Financial Services.

Finance your education

For students interested in pursuing financial assistance or educational loans, additional educational costs, known as Cost of Attendance (COA) components, can be included in the calculation of aid and loan eligibility. Components may include food, housing, books, course materials, supplies, equipment, transportation, personal expenses, and the cost of obtaining a first professional licensure. You can find comprehensive details on the Student Financial Services website. Please keep in mind that COA can vary significantly depending on academic program, enrollment intensity, and individual circumstances.

How to apply

Learn more about the College of Science’s admissions process and required materials, including deadlines.

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