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The Master of Science in Biotechnology

A Solid Foundation for Success

Traditional M.S. programs serve to train students for careers in academic research. However, the skills required in both large and small biomedical industries require more than proficiency in modern laboratory techniques. Today's biomedical careers require leadership, communication, ethics, and management skills, as well as an understanding of the industrial environment and the process of product development.

The Master of Science in Biotechnology is designed to supplement advanced graduate training in the natural sciences, while enabling students to consider other career options for their scientific knowledge through coursework in business, ethics, and leadership. Duquesne biotechnology students learn not just science, but also how to participate and lead technical development teams and how to use their background in the diverse career opportunities found within biomedicine.

The Duquesne Difference

The M.S. in Biotechnology combines advanced training in the sciences with instruction in the essentials of regulatory affairs, medical devices, commercial research, and product development. Students learn from faculty who are experts in their field and in the biomedical industry.  Our program is ideal for students seeking a career in industry AND students interested in continuing their training towards an MD or Ph.D. program.

The Duquesne Difference includes:

  • Comprehensive Curriculum: Business fundamentals are included in the curriculum to improve management and communication skills, along with entrepreneurship training.  The final capstone course provides students with an opportunity to demonstrate their ability to conduct extensive research as well as written and oral presentation skills.

  • Networking and Internships: Students have opportunities to work with the Center for Biotechnology and network with other students and alumni - including international students and alumni who bring diverse perspectives to the life sciences and participate in internships.  In fact, many interns have been hired full-time by their employer upon graduation. Our Biotech Club provides students opportunities for networking events and company tours.  Additionally, corporate recruiters meet with club members to offer insight into the interview process.

  • Preparation and Skills for Success: Students completing the program will be well prepared for positions managing R&D and product development operations within both large and small biomedical firms.  Some graduates have entered careers in evolving life-sciences companies in the areas of manufacturing and operations, as well as joining healthcare and technology firms.  The program has also been an excellent foundation for students who choose to go on to pursue medical and dental school, as well as Ph.D. programs.