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Applied Biotechnology

Master of Science in Applied Biotechnology

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Broaden your career horizon with the University of Wisconsin’s fully online Master of Science in Applied Biotechnology, a flexible degree program with three specialized tracks to meet your professional goals.


Is this program right for you?

The Master of Science in Applied Biotechnology is a fully online degree available at the University of Wisconsin–Madison in collaboration with UW Extended Campus and several Universities of Wisconsin campuses. The degree prepares students to advance their careers in leadership and management positions in biotechnology. Students complete core courses to gain a solid foundation in biotechnology, leadership, ethics, experimental design and communication. 

In addition, the Applied Biotechnology program offers three unique tracks to help students tailor their coursework to their career goals. Students choose to complete one of three specialization tracks: quality assurance and compliance, business management, or research and development. 

The MS in Applied Biotechnology’s collaborative online curriculum is inspired by the in-person MS in Biotechnology program developed through the University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Medicine and Public Health. Both degrees are offered to help serve the needs of Wisconsin’s biotechnology industry. 

Students who choose UW–Madison as their home campus for this online program receive the same academic benefits and resources as other UW–Madison students and will receive a UW–Madison conferred degree upon successful completion of the program.

An optional graduate certificate in Applied Bioinformatics is available for degree-seeking students. Courses include:

  • Experimental Design and Data Analysis in Biotechnology
  • Python for Bioinformatics
  • Bioinformatic Inquiry
  • Application of Bioinformatics

Please talk with your advisor or the program coordinator to declare this graduate certificate.

Is this program right for you?

The Master of Science in Applied Biotechnology is a fully online degree available at the University of Wisconsin–Madison in collaboration with UW Extended Campus and several Universities of Wisconsin campuses. The degree prepares students to advance their careers in leadership and management positions in biotechnology. Students complete core courses to gain a solid foundation in biotechnology, leadership, ethics, experimental design and communication. 

In addition, the Applied Biotechnology program offers three unique tracks to help students tailor their coursework to their career goals. Students choose to complete one of three specialization tracks: quality assurance and compliance, business management, or research and development. 

The MS in Applied Biotechnology’s collaborative online curriculum is inspired by the in-person MS in Biotechnology program developed through the University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Medicine and Public Health. Both degrees are offered to help serve the needs of Wisconsin’s biotechnology industry. 

Students who choose UW–Madison as their home campus for this online program receive the same academic benefits and resources as other UW–Madison students and will receive a UW–Madison conferred degree upon successful completion of the program.

An optional graduate certificate in Applied Bioinformatics is available for degree-seeking students. Courses include:

  • Experimental Design and Data Analysis in Biotechnology
  • Python for Bioinformatics
  • Bioinformatic Inquiry
  • Application of Bioinformatics

Please talk with your advisor or the program coordinator to declare this graduate certificate.

Admissions requirements

All applicants must:

  • Have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
  • Have completed two semesters of college-level lab coursework in biology and/or chemistry.
  • Have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0.
  • Submit evidence of English language proficiency, if applicable. The required proficiency scores are: TOEFL IBT 92, PBT 580; or IELTS 7.0.

Application materials required:

  • Online application
  • Resume/CV
  • Statement of purpose
  • Transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation

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October 22
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Program highlights

  • The University of Wisconsin–Madison’s M.S. in Applied Biotechnology degree is flexible, so you can complete your master’s while fulfilling work and family commitments.
  • Learn from passionate UW faculty who are experts in the field, many who actively work in biotechnology.
  • Get real-world experience in the capstone course by applying everything you’ve learned in the program to lead a project at an actual workplace.

How you'll learn

  • Fully online curriculum; you choose when you do most of your work each week.
  • Collaborative online coursework.
  • Choose from three core competency tracks.
  • Complete a capstone certificate on a project-based experience in your concentration area.

Sample curriculum

Core Courses (required)

  • Principles of Biotechnology
  • Ethics, Safety, and Regulatory Environments in Biotechnology
  • Professional and Technical Communication in Biotechnology
  • Techniques in Biotechnology
  • Experimental Design and Analysis in Biotechnology
  • Leadership in Organizations

Specialization Tracks (choose 1 or more)

Quality Assurance and Compliance

  • Quality Control and Validation
  • Regulatory Practice and Compliance
  • Industrial Applications in Regulatory Affairs

Business Management

  • Biotechnology Marketing and Entrepreneurship
  • Global Operations and Supply Chain Management
  • Quality and Project Management

Research and Development

  • Assessing Innovation in Biotechnology
  • Product Development
  • Tools for Data Analysis

Capstone Courses (required)

  • Pre-capstone
  • Capstone

Job outlook

Projected Job Growth

Source: Burning Glass Technologies: Labor Insight. 2020.
Burning Glass Technologies’ Market Salary is an estimated expected salary. Market Salary uses machine learning algorithms to account for experience, skill, and education among other factors that may impact individual salaries.

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