UMBC's Biotechnology curriculum is intended to address changes in the needs of the biotechnology industry through experiential learning. The program offers advanced instruction in the life sciences, plus coursework in regulatory affairs, leadership, management, and financial management.
The M.P.S. Biotechnology represents a new kind of degree designed to prepare science professionals to fill management and leadership roles in biotechnology-related companies or agencies organizations. This unique degree offers an alternative to a MBA or Ph.D. degree.
The core consists of five courses (15 credits) that precede a capstone course (3 credits) for a total of six courses (18 credits). The Biotechnology core provides students with key practical skills needed to succeed in biotechnology industries. The capstone project is initiated during the first semester and culminates in the capstone course.
Students complete four courses (12 credits) of electives. The domain specific electives permit students to specialize in sub-areas of biotechnology that most suit their interests. These electives will focus on topics that best prepare students for difficult-to- fill jobs in the biotechnology industry.
Students can transfer in coursework from the Foundation for Advanced Education in Science (FAES) at National Institutes of Health (NIH) to serve as a nine-credit Bioinformatics pathway within the M.P.S. See more at professional.umbc.edu/faes.