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Master's Programs

The department offers Master's Degrees in Biotechnology and Forensic Science.

Below you will find detailed information specific to each program:

Master's of Biotechnology

The Master of Biotechnology degree program is a collaboration between the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology department and the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences. It is an innovative professional science master’s (PSM) degree that enhances the preparation and confidence of students for entry-level employment in broad areas of biotechnology.  It is most appropriate for students who are interested in team-oriented applied research in industry, government and other non-academic organizations, for students who are not yet decided or not ready to commit to, or are simply not interested in, a lengthy Ph.D. degree, and for students who are interested in careers at the juncture of science and business, intellectual property, policy and regulatory work, ethics, and other biotechnology-related careers. The Master of Biotechnology curriculum also prepares students for Ph.D. in diverse areas of the life sciences and for other professional degrees.

  • Work experience via internship or cooperative education hosted by industry, government, and other institutions.
  • Short but rigorous and intensive one and a half-year program that emphasizes communication and team-working skills.
  • Hands-on laboratory training on key research and bio-manufacturing technologies
  • Science-grounded curriculum with built-in flexibility to allow students to focus on their specific areas of interest in biotechnology.
  • Broad education and exposure to the various aspects of biotechnology: the cutting edge science and technologies, the business, regulatory, intellectual property, legal, social and ethical aspects of biotechnology.
  • Access to a network of industry professionals via a dedicated Biotechnology Advisory Board, invited industry speakers, and program alumni.
  • Close advising and mentoring through the curriculum and access to career and professional development resources and opportunities.

The Integrated Undergraduate-Graduate (IUG) Program in Biotechnology enables qualified students pursuing their undergraduate degree in Biotechnology the opportunity to pursue the Master of Biotechnology degree prior to completing the undergraduate degree.

Forensic Science Master's

The Forensic Science Program at Penn State is designed to provide high quality instruction to undergraduate and graduate students. This program is sponsored by the Eberly College of Science, with several faculty Drs. Frank Dorman, Mitchell M. Holland, Reena Roy, Jenifer Smith and Mr. Ralph Riistenbatt being granted appointments in the Eberly College of Science.

The program, houses the state of the art criminalistics laboratories and facilities affiliated with the program and offer several of the courses for the undergraduate and graduate programs, as well as, professional development workshops. Learn more by visiting the Program's website.

For graduate or administrative questions contact the  Forensic Science Program Office:

  • 107 Whitmore Laboratory,
    University Park, PA 16802
    Phone (814) 867-2465
    Fax (814) 863-8372