Welcome to the Master of Biotechnology Program (MBP)

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 the program keeps students up-to-date on the latest biotech industry changes and challenges. Graduates leave with a full set of competencies designed specifically to satisfy the demands of modern biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies.

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Degree Earned

Master of Science in Biotechnology


Evanston, IL 


15-21 months (21 units over 5-7 quarters, full-time), including up to 6 months (2 quarters) of internship

Class Size

38-42 full-time students

Start Date

3rd week of September

Application Deadline

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

Key Program Events

  • Biotechnology Day, a life sciences festival designed to inform and inspire
  • Site visits to companies in US biotech hubs
  • Annual Industrial Advisory Board meeting

Program Highlights

Competitive Advantages

  • Flexible curriculum complete with industry-focused courses
  • Rigorous 1000-hour research project at Northwestern University or local companies
  • Extensive industry connections leading to numerous internship opportunities
  • Nurturing environment and innovative culture

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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 funding, click here.

Student Profile

The majority of MBP students are recent graduates seeking careers in biotechnology and associated professions, as well as the competitive advantage a higher degree provides. At least half are typically biology majors; the rest are engineers, biotechnologists, and other science majors. The expected class size is 38–42 students per year.

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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.

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