Welcome to the Master of Biotechnology Program (MBP)

APPLICATIONS FOR FALL 2018 ARE NOW OPEN!

The mission of Northwestern University's Master of Biotechnology Program (MBP) is to prepare scientists and engineers for fulfilling and dynamic careers in biotechnology and associated professions by offering integrated coursework, extensive laboratory research, and training in current industry practices.

Our real-world approach relies on the input of our Industrial Advisory Board to ensure that MBP graduates leave with a complete set of competencies designed to satisfy the demands of modern biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies.

We are pleased to introduce Dr. Danielle Tullman-Ercek as our new MBP Co-Director! 

For more information, please see our Fall 2017 newsletter.

QUICK FACTS

Degree Earned

Master of Science in Biotechnology

Location

Evanston, IL 

Duration

15 months (5 quarters) without an optional internship or 21 months (7 quarters) with an optional 6-month industrial or academic internship

Class Size

30-40 full-time students

Start Date

3rd week of September

Application Deadline

  • May 31st for international students (due to visa processing deadlines)
  • July 31st for domestic students  

Tuition and Scholarships

  • $15,355 tuition fee per quarter, plus cost of living, textbooks, and other miscellaneous fees.
  • Scholarships of up to $25,000 available to all admitted domestic students.
  • For more information about tuition and fundingclick here.

MBP Advantages

  • Large selection of 1000-hour research projects at world-class Northwestern University laboratories
  • Extensive industry connections leading to numerous internship opportunities
  • Comprehensive professional and soft skill development
  • 2 certificates and 2 minors

Key MBP Events

Key MBP Courses

Student Profile

The majority of MBP students are recent graduates seeking careers in biotechnology and associated professions, 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.

Learn more about our student body

Career Opportunities

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.

Learn more about career opportunities