Welcome to the Master of Biotechnology Program (MBP)

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

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

Quick Facts

Degree, Location, & Class Size

  • Master of Science in Biotechnology
  • Evanston, IL
  • 30-40 full-time students (no part-time option)


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

Application Deadline

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

Tuition and Scholarships

  • $16,528 tuition fee per quarter (2019-2020) plus cost of living
  • Merit-based scholarships of up to $25,000 available to all admitted domestic students.

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

Key MBP Events

Key MBP Courses

Student Profile

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

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Career Development

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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