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Quick Facts

The basics at-a-glance

Degree earned: Master of Science in Biotechnology


Northwestern University’s Evanston campus

Access to 100+ nearby leading research labs


15-21 months full-time (depending on optional six-month internship) 

Up to 2,000 hours of research included

Classes start in September

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Class Size

Cohort of 30-40 students

Students’ undergrad degrees are primarily biology, engineering, or other science majors

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Application deadline:
May 31 

Application opens September 1

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Dr. Kumar Dhanasekharan

Vice President, Technical Operations, SwanBio Therapeutics

“ MBP students are definitely some of the brightest and talented students I have ever worked with, and I am impressed with their level of training and strong aptitude to learn.”

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Bettina WunderlichMBP ’17

PhD Student

“ MBP provides many different opportunities depending on one’s interest. It is a great starting place for someone interested in working at a biotech or pharma company, pursuing a PhD or even working in consulting.”

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Sanjana RaoMBP ’20

“ The Master of Biotechnology program at Northwestern appealed to me because it gave me the freedom to choose specific courses and tailor my curriculum based on my interests and future goals.”

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Daniel FernandezMBP ’19

“ The inclusion of research as a part of my education was a large part of my decision in attending MBP. It ensured that I would be able to grow my skills as a scientist in order to better prepare for a career in biotechnology.”

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Amy LeeMBP '21

“ The opportunity for MBP students to showcase their work to industry professionals is important for developing our scientific communication skills. No matter what job or career we end up in, effective communication is one of the most important skills to have.”

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Why Northwestern?

Unique program features

Northwestern aims to ensure its graduates leave with competencies that satisfy the demands of a wide variety of jobs within biotechnology and related industries (including consulting). 

In addition to core coursework covering biology, bioprocess engineering, and innovation/business, students develop sought-after learning, problem-solving, and soft skills through extensive laboratory research, practical experience, professional connections, coaching, and workshops. This combination of skills not only defines the MBP graduate, but prepares them for the ever-increasing career options in this field, or to further their education through a PhD, MD, or JD.

Technical Proficiency

Technical Proficiency

Curriculum evolves from where you start. Prereq options for nonengineers and nonbiologists prepare you for the core classes. 

Customize your degree through electives, internships, certificates, minors, and research projects.

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Invaluable Research

Invaluable Research

Our research extends beyond the technical science. Learn the creative and critical thinking skills necessary to address open-ended questions and hard-to-find solutions. 

Choose a research project from one of 12 industry-relevant research areas and graduate with an unparalleled level of research hours (up to 2,000) conducted in world-class facilities.

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Industrial Opportunities

Industry Opportunities

Choose internship and co-op opportunities with companies from around the world.

Get a feel for working in industry through biotech hub site visits.

Grow your network through panels, meet-and-greets, and our annual MBP biotechnology event. Make connections through MBP’s industrial advisory board members.

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Professional Skills

Professional Skills

Advance your career by learning professional enabling skills such as communicating, decision-making and presentation development. Reinforce these skills while conducting research.

Receive coaching and individual counseling from MBP staff and professional development events.  Present your research findings to the MBP Industrial Advisory Board.

Develop Professional Skills

The relevance of research

Go beyond learning advanced laboratory techniques and gain a more holistic understanding of research as you carry out hands-on projects in the laboratory and practice a suite of professional and soft-skills. Our unique approach teaches you to identify the right problem and seek appropriate and thoughtful solutions so you can own your project beginning to end.

After logging up to 2,000 hours of research in world-class facilities, including the Falk Center for Molecular Therapeutics and the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, your collaborations with leading faculty will prepare you for positions in laboratories, consulting, manufacturing, government, and more.

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