M.S. Degrees

M.S. Degree in Biotechnology

M.S. Degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Application Deadlines

Rolling Admissions with final dates for submission:

  • Fall Admission: June 1st
  • Spring Admission: November 1st

Late applications are considered based on availability of space in the M.S. programs.

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the program must be in the last semester of undergraduate study or hold a bachelor's degree in biology, chemistry or related science from an accredited college or university. Applicants with business or law degrees will also be considered. Special consideration is given to applicants with work experience. Students can be admitted for full-time or part-time studies. The program admissions committee makes all admission recommendations on a case-by-case basis. The Dean of the Graduate School makes all final admissions decisions.

Requirements for the M.S. degree Programs:

  • 4-year Bachelor's degree (or 3 years plus an MS degree for international students)
  • grade point average of 3.0 or higher
  • original undergraduate transcripts
  • two letters of recommendation
  • personal statement
  • TOEFL (for students from non-English speaking institutions)
    • Score minimums accepted by Georgetown
      • Computer Based: 213
      • Paper: 550
      • TOEFL: 80
      • IELTS: 7
  • GRE recommended, but not required

About the M.S. Biotechnology Program (30 credits)

Biotechnology is emerging as one of the fastest growing sectors of the global economy. Advances fueled by the biotechnology industry have revolutionized health care, agriculture and environmental remediation for the 21st century. Over the last three decades, biotechnology has affected various aspects of our society and the world. Georgetown University offers a curriculum that reflects the multidisciplinary nature of Biotechnology, integrating content and lab-based experimental science courses with an emphasis on business or science tracks. Students pursue defined core courses for the different tracks in the biotechnology program.  For the science track, students may select research laboratories in the biotechnology industry or at the Georgetown University Medical Center. Internships, described in the course descriptions, are available in biotechnology companies, government agencies, law firms, and for non-profit organizations. On a full-time basis, students can complete the requirements in one academic year.

Hallmarks of the Program

  • Preparation for careers in Biotechnology and the Biomedical Sciences
  • Transition to various doctorate or other advanced educational programs
  • Internships in research laboratories and industry
  • Flexibility to pursue full-time and part-time studies
  • Customized programs for professionals making career transitions
  • Elective courses from Medical Center and University Graduate Programs


BCHB-507 Laboratory Applications of Biotechnology 3
BCHB-509 Introduction to the Biotechnology Industry 3
BCHB-513 Core Concepts of Biochemistry 4
BCHB-523 Intellectual Property 1
BCHB-526 Modern Methods of Biotechnology 3
BCHB-539 Basic Radiation Safety 0
BCHB-533 Emerging Biotechnology Concepts 2
BCHB-537 Fermentation and Bioprocessing 2
Choice of 15 credits
BCHB-502 Biotech. Industry Internship 4
BCHB-510 Entrepreneurial Biotechnology 3
BCHB-520 Financial Matrix for Biotechnology 2
BCHB-521 Introduction to Bioinformatics 1
BCHB-522 Drug Target & Design 1
BCHB-527 Food Biotechnology 2
BCHB-536 Tissue Culture 2
BCHB-543 Current Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) 1
Choice of 15 credits

Electives for Biotechnology

BCHB-514 Introduction to Bioinformatics 1
BCHB-517 Cancer Cell Biology 1
BCHB-522 Special Topics: Drug Target & Design 1
BCHB-525 Concepts of Immunology 2
BCHB-533 Emerging Biotechnology Concepts 3

Notes: Electives can be selected from listed offering. Students will have to meet the appropriate requirements for the individual course(s).

M.S. Degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (30 Credits)

The M.S. degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (30 Credits) provides a comprehensive background suitable for career development in biochemistry, molecular biology, and the biomedical sciences. M.S. Degree courses are offered to accommodate both full and part-time students. On a full-time basis, students can complete the requirements in one academic year. Internships are available at the Georgetown University Medical Center, the Lombardi Cancer Center, and non-profit, private government research laboratories that include NIH and the FDA.


BCHB-507 Laboratory Applications of Biotechnology* 4
BCHB-513 Core Concepts of Biochemistry*
BCHB-501 Biochemical & Cellular Science****

BCHB-526 Modern Methods of Biotechnology* 3
BCHB-539 Basic Radiation Safety* 0
PHAR-534 Ethical Issues in Research* 2
Elective 1-3
BCHB-515 Intro to Bioinformatics* 1
BCHB-910 Biochemistry Internship* 4
BIST-502 Applied Statistics* 3
Elective 1-3
Elective 1-3

Electives for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

BCHB-535 Programmed Cell Death** 2
BCHB-517 Cancer Cell Biology** 1
BCHB-514 Special Topics: Bioinformatics** 1
BCHB-523 Intellectual Property*** 1
BCHB-509 Intro to Biotechnology*** 3
BCHB-562 Biotechnology and World Food Production*** 2
BCHB-533 Emerging Biotech Concepts*** 2
BCHB-540 Molecular Basis of Carcinogenesis** 3
BCHB-536 Applications of Tissue Culture** 2
BCHB-522 Special Topics: Drug Target & Design** 1
BCHB-529 Appl. of Human Diagnostics** 2
BCHB-525 Core Concepts in Immunology** 2
BCHB-521 Bioinformatics** 3
BCHB-527 Food Biotechnology*** 1

* Core Courses for MS-BMB students (Total = 21 credits)
** Elective Courses for MS-BMB studentst (Total = 9 credits)
*** Selection from the MS-Biotech selection will be accommodated upon approval of graduate advisor.
**** Students planning to pursue a PhD in Biochem can take the BCHB-513 exemption exam at the start of the fall semester,
and can register for BCHB-501 (for Ph.D. students) if they obtain a score of 90% or better.