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M.A. Biotechnology program

M.A. Biotechnologie

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The MA program in Biotechnology trains students in modern aspects of molecular biology with a special focus on approaches from the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. The program offers students further scientific training and prepares them scientifically for a wide range of careers in the biotechnology and pharmaceuticals industries. These professions include:

  • Research science positions in laboratories that apply biotechnology to problems in medicine, industry and agriculture
  • Careers in drug regulatory and other biotechnological applications
  • Management positions in the biotechnology industry
  • Positions at companies that invest in biotechnology
  • Working for law firms in the field of biotechnology

The program is aimed at students pursuing a career in biotechnology without making the 5-7 year commitment to a Ph.D. The biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries are among the largest in the USA and there is a great need for skilled workers with biotechnological expertise.

The MA in Biotechnology requires thirty (30) coursework plus a Master's thesis. The dissertation includes a review of a biotechnology topic selected with the help of a program advisor. An intensive internship in biotechnology is required to give students practical experience with biotechnological methods. Electives (five or more) are selected according to the specific interests of the students. The program can be completed by full-time students in 1 year including the summer semester or, to a lesser extent, by part-time students.

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