MSc in Plant Biotechnology


Program Description

MSc in Plant Biotechnology: STEM – Designated Degree

Immerse yourself into the biotechnology sector with a degree in Plant Biotechnology. Enjoy the charged atmosphere of scientific discoveries for which the University of Illinois is globally recognized while you complete your non-thesis Master’s degree in just 18 months.

Along with biotechnology-related disciplines, you will learn how the commercialization process works. This program provides opportunities to help you connect with industry partners, helping you learn about the directions and needs of biotechnology enterprises.

Tailor Your Degree to Your Professional Goals

Work with your advisor, Dr. Juvik, to create a customized set of courses that match your interests and individual career goals.

Access courses and faculty performing industry-relevant research in

  • plant breeding
  • plant and environmental physiology
  • bioinformatics
  • regression and statistical analysis

Diverse Career Opportunities

The merging of biotechnology-focused education with business knowledge and professional skills will prepare you for diverse entry points into agricultural and environmental enterprises.

Career opportunities span industry, not-for-profit, and government organizations. Potential career areas you might enter include

  • product development and marketing
  • government and public relations
  • design and implementation of regulatory strategies
  • market analysis and feasibility studies
  • plant genetics and breeding
  • application of new customer support models
  • technology transfer and intellectual property ventures

Plant Biotechnology graduates have been employed by companies such as:

Corporate Logos: Bayer, Eli Lilly, ADM (Archer Daniels Midland), Genective, AGCO Corporation, KWS, Sanofi Genzyme, Medline Industries, Eurofins Scientific, United Suppliers, Corteva Agriscience, United States Department of Agriculture, Agilent Technologies, DiaCarta, Inc.

Plant Biotechnology + Business Sets You Apart

The integrated business courses, professional development seminars, and required internships make your Master’s program different than a traditional master’s. Plus, your cross-disciplinary industry seminars offer you the opportunity to interact with industry and government leaders.

By the end of your program, you will be able to

  • design a comprehensive marketing strategy
  • manage the flow of products and services
  • execute project plans within time and budget
  • understand and discuss regulatory policies
  • assess financial risks, statements, valuation, and capital budgets
  • examine organizational behavior, structures, effectiveness, and more!

Program Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or a comparable degree from a recognized institution abroad
  • Grade point average of 3.0 or higher (4.0 scale) for the last 60 hours of undergraduate work and for any graduate work
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) for non-native speakers of English
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation

For additional information or to discuss your learning and career objectives, contact plant biotechnology major advisor Dr. Jack Juvik at; (217) 3333 - 1966.

Last updated Aug 2019

About the School

The Illinois Professional Science Master’s (PSM) offers M.S. degree programs combining scientific knowledge and business know-how. The programs are full-time, do not require a thesis, and are complete ... Read More

The Illinois Professional Science Master’s (PSM) offers M.S. degree programs combining scientific knowledge and business know-how. The programs are full-time, do not require a thesis, and are completed in 18-months -- three semesters and one summer term. The Illinois PSM is designed for those who want careers in science-based settings in positions that combine science with management and leadership responsibilities. Programs have solid core graduate-level curricula, integrated with business courses such as management and marketing, accounting and finance, and project management. Read less