Our curriculum integrates a core education in bioprocess engineering theory and laboratory practice with research.Our curriculum integrates a core education in bioprocess engineering theory and laboratory practice with research.


The 21-unit* MBP curriculum features a unique blend of science, engineering and business of biotechnology and boasts 1000 hours of research in the world-class laboratories of Northwestern University. It also offers two certificates (Nanobiotechnology and Sustainability & Global Health), two minors (Engineering Management and Entrepreneurship), and courses/counseling focusing on career development.

* Northwestern University credit for undergraduate and graduate programs is awarded in units, rather than credit hours. For more information on units, click here.

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The 1000+ hours of research embedded in the MBP curriculum is one of the most extensive research opportunities offered by any MS in Biotechnology programs in the USA. Students have access to 80+ research preceptors from several schools, colleges, and institutes of Northwestern University, including the renowned Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center. Several opportunities to conduct research at local companies are also available.

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** For engineering majors, these two units will be substituted with molecular and/or cell biology or electives.

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4 units of ELECTIVES

The MBP gives students access to more than 70 technical and non-technical electives offered by various departments and programs of Northwestern University (including the Kellogg School of Management), in the fields of biological sciences, biomedical engineering, chemical and biological engineering, genetics, genomics, material sciences, regulatory affairs, statistics, tissue engineering, and management. 

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Certificates AND MINORS

Students enrolled in the MBP can choose from the following certificates and minors (at no additional tuition cost) to create a more immersive experience or enhance their credentials in selected areas. The Sustainability and Global Health Biotechnologies (SGHB) certificate includes an MBP-sponsored internship in South Africa.

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