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.


Through our course sequence, we provide students with the right blend of bioprocess engineering theory and laboratory practice that can immediately be applied to industrial scenarios. We teach contemporary topics such as large-scale mammalian cell culture, design of experiments, good laboratory practices and process design in addition to the traditional bioprocess engineering topics. 

Students earn their degree by completing:

  • 13 units of classroom-based coursework
  • 7.5 units (1,000 hours) of research
  • An optional industrial internship

Students may also elect to earn a certificate or minor and attend research seminars.

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Coursework Overview

Course in the program covers three key areas: biology, bioprocess engineering, and innovation/business competencies. View our coursework by area below or by course schedules for our 15- or 21-month plans.


Bioprocess Engineering

Learning & Innovation Skills and Biotechnology Business Competencies

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MBP students complete at least 1,000 hours in a single Northwestern University faculty laboratory—selecting from more than 80 faculty preceptors—planning and executing experiments, analyzing data, and drawing conclusions.

Students select a research project in life sciences, biological engineering, biotechnology, biomedical engineering, biomaterial sciences, or clinical research after attending research presentations by faculty preceptors and one-on-one meetings with research preceptors. Students are evaluated via quarterly written progress reports. 

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Students select from more than 70 electives in the fields of biological sciences, biomedical engineering, chemical and biological engineering, genetics, genomics, material sciences, regulatory affairs, statistics, tissue engineering, and 20+ electives offered by the Kellogg School of Management. Students may take elective courses other than those on the list with consent from the MBP faculty.

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Certificates AND MINORS

Students enrolled in the program can choose from the following certificates and minors at no additional tuition cost:

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Presented by industry professionals, MBP seminars introduce students to topics in economics, intellectual property, project management, regulatory affairs and ethical issues in biotechnology. These practitioner-led seminars teach students the strategic business competencies that professionals at biotech enterprises need to succeed.

The MBP also levies the help of Northwestern University’s Writing Program to provide business communication workshops, further refining and developing our students’ written and interpersonal communication.

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