The MS in Biotechnology is a 36-credit degree program that prepares students for a variety of opportunities in the area of biotechnology and related fields such as molecular biology, immunology, genetic engineering, and protein biochemistry. Biotechnology is a rapidly growing field that deals with the implementation of the latest technological developments for a variety of applications in industry, medicine, and agriculture. Students receive training and experience in the broad area of molecular biology, including plant and animal tissue culture, gene expression, protein chemistry, and recombinant DNA technology using state-of-the-art instrumentation. Students may also choose from a variety of electives in other areas of biotechnology, such as immunology, electron microscopy, microbial ecology, and virology. Independent study or a thesis may be elected, giving students the opportunity to develop and complete a research project in biotechnology.
The M.S. in biotechnology is a 36-credit degree program that prepares you for a variety of opportunities in this rapidly growing field, which deals with the implementation of the latest technological developments in industry, medicine, and agriculture. You will receive training and experience in the areas of molecular biology, plant and animal tissue culture, gene expression, protein chemistry and recombinant DNA technology using state-of-the-art instrumentation. You may also choose from a variety of electives in other areas, such as immunology, electron microscopy, microbial ecology, evolution, pharmacology, molecular biology of diseases, bioethics, virology etc. All students are required to complete a course in Independent study or Independent reading. A paper summarizing your findings from you’re research or independent reading and an oral presentation before a faculty panel will constitute the final exit exam.
Financial aid is available in the form of Graduate Assistantship, and departmental scholarships to a limited number of graduate students.
Requirements for the M.S. in Biotechnology*
- Students must complete a minimum of 36 credits of graduate study unless they are enrolled in the B.S./M.S. biotechnology program at William Paterson University, in which case the required number of credits for the M.S. degree is 30,
- Take the required distribution of courses,
- Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on a scale of 0 to 4.0.
In addition to the University’s admission requirements:
- Baccalaureate degree, preferably in biology or related major. Applicant should have had at least one course each in general biology and genetics.
- At least one year each of chemistry, physics, and mathematics (including a semester of calculus). Students who do not fulfill the above two requirements can make up appropriate courses with permission of the graduate committee.
- Cumulative grade point average of no less than 3.00 on 4.00 scale.
- Satisfactory score on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test.
- Graduate Record Examination is waived for students who graduated from William Paterson University with a Biology degree with at least a 3.00 cumulative GPA.
- Two letters of recommendation that attest to applicant’s academic qualifications.
- Students applying from countries where English is not the language of instruction should have a satisfactory score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and provide a recognized translation of their degrees and transcripts.
36 credits of graduate study Cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher on a 4.00 scale
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Last updated February 9, 2016