Students must complete 30 credits of coursework and maintain a 3.0 GPA to earn the Master of Science degree in Biotechnology from Georgetown University. Full-time students can expect to complete the program in TWO semesters. Part-time students have up to six semesters to complete the program.
The Program requires graduates to be well versed in the science and business of biotechnology with an emphasis in one of five Tracks. Five of the tracks, BioBusiness, BioScience, Drug Design and Discovery, Entrepreneurship and Industrial Sciences have specific requirements that upon completion students will receive a Program Certificate of Completion. While the Individualized Track offers latitude in the selection of courses from the Biotechnology Program and other programs at Georgetown University.
The BioScience Track is designed for those pursuing higher degrees and careers in academic and industry research or health-related professions. The track offers a high concentration of science courses and facilitates entry into biotech industry laboratory management, product development, manufacturing and more areas.
Drug Design & Discovery Track
The Drug Design & Discovery Track is designed for career paths including drug research and design, regulatory affairs, and more. Courses cover in-depth knowledge of processes involved in the use of technology and bioinformatics to design drugs. Science courses offered in this track focus on underlying disease mechanisms and identification of drugs for biopharmaceutical targets. Other courses cover regulatory affairs, FDA approval process, Intellectual Property, current good manufacturing procedures and commercialization of pharmaceuticals.
The Entrepreneurship Track introduces life scientists to entrepreneurship and core business functions. Our program has a long-standing track record for life science entrepreneurship. Students in this track will undertake a year-long internship in private life science sector companies. Topics covered will include establishing a biotechnology company, raising funding, protecting scientific inventions, managing product development and more. This Track requires applicants to have a minimum of one year full time work experience.
Industrial Sciences Track
The Industrial Sciences Track is designed for those pursuing a career in laboratory sciences, such as research and development, product development, manufacturing or laboratory management. Courses teach modern methods and biotechnology laboratory skill sets, and emphasize graduate courses that have laboratory components.
The Individualized Track allows for selection of biotechnology graduate courses to construct a curriculum that is specifically designed for YOU, with your interests and career focus. Elective courses can be chosen from all existing tracks, as well as approved courses offered in other programs at the University.