Biotechnology: Industrial and Biomedical Sciences (M.S.)

Biotechnology: Industrial and Biomedical Sciences (M.S.)

A biotechnology master's degree student working in a lab.

The industry-focused M.S. in Biotechnology: Industrial and Biomedical Sciences prepares you with laboratory practice, research opportunities, industry experience and transferable job skills to advance your career in the biotechnology, biopharmaceutical and regenerative manufacturing sectors.

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In response to the growing needs of the biotechnology industry, UNH Manchester is expanding its offerings in the biomedical field with a new Master of Science in Biotechnology: Industrial and Biomedical Sciences. The program will combine skills-based training in UNH Manchester’s state-of-the-art laboratory spaces as well as innovative experiential learning opportunities with local companies.

The Manchester Millyard is at the center of the burgeoning biofabrication industry since the creation of the Advanced Regenerative Manufacturing Institute (ARMI) and its BioFabUSA program, which is creating an industry to regenerate human tissue and organs. As a partner in the economic development initiatives for ARMI|BioFabUSA, UNH Manchester has established its new Biotechnology Innovation Center (BIC) on its sixth floor. The BIC incorporates innovative teaching and research facilities designed to be at the cutting edge of developing biomedical applications in cell biology and tissue and regenerative biology.

In addition to expanding skills in biomanufacturing and cell culture, biotechnology students will also have opportunities to collaborate with local companies in UNH Manchester’s BIC incubator space, which will house industry partners in the biotech, pharma and medtech fields.

Through hands-on laboratory work as well as research projects, co-ops and internships with industry, students will develop the real-world skills and experience to advance their careers in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical and biomanufacturing sectors.

A new Master of Science in Biotechnology: Industrial and Biomedical Sciences has been approved for Academic Catalog year 2020/2021.

Biotechnology focuses on the application of the biological and biochemical sciences, and particularly genetics, to the preparation of new and enhanced biomedical, industrial, agricultural, and environmental products. Graduate instruction in this area would include molecular biology, cell and tissue culturing, protein biologic development, bioinformatics, functional and comparative genomics, applied immunology, DNA sequencing, tissue biology and engineering, industrial microbiology, drug development, intellectual property, clinical trials, biotechnology management and marketing, applicable regulations, and biotechnology ethics.

The M.S. in Biotechnology: Industrial and Biomedical Sciences (MS Biotech:IBMS) program at the University of New Hampshire is a STEM-designated graduate degree program that offers its students innovative experiential learning opportunities and delivers a content-rich, skills-based, and highly versatile curriculum for individuals seeking to advance their careers in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and biomanufacturing sectors. Students will complete a project, internship, or co-op experience as part of their degree program. The MS Biotech:IBMS program has a core foundation in the theory and wet-laboratory skills of cell and tissue biology and culturing; protein and immunologic methods and therapeutics; and the molecular biotechnology of nucleic acids. Students are also required to develop a substantial background understanding of biotech product lifecycle and the regulatory and legal implications therein. After demonstrating proficiency in the core biotechnology knowledge areas, MS Biotech:IBMS students will work with a faculty advisor to create a customized program of study that may include content from diverse graduate programs across the UNH campuses.

More information and program requirements will be available in the 20/21 Academic Catalog published in August.

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Students in the biotechnology lab at UNH Manchester




Diligent undergraduate students in our biological sciences, biotechnology and neuropsychology programs have the opportunity to earn a bachelor's degree and M.S. in Biotechnology in as few as five years by taking graduate-level classes during senior year at UNH Manchester.

Curriculum & Requirements


Applications must be completed by the following deadlines in order to be reviewed for admission:

  • Fall: July 1 (International Deadline); August 1 (Domestic Deadline)
  • Spring: December 1 (International Deadline); January 1 (Domestic Deadline)
  • Summer: April 1 (Part-time enrollment ONLY, Domestic ONLY)
  • Special: N/A

Application fee: $65

Campus: Manchester

New England Regional: No

Accelerated Masters: Yes (for more details see the accelerated masters information page)

New Hampshire Residents

Students claiming in-state residency must also submit a Proof of Residence form. This form is not required to complete your application, but you will need to submit it after you are offered admission or you will not be able to register for classes.


If you attended UNH after September 1, 1991, and have indicated so on your online application, we will retrieve your transcript internally; this includes UNH-Durham, UNH-Manchester and UNH Non-Degree work. 

If you did not attend UNH, or attended prior to September 1, 1991, then you must request one official transcript be sent directly to our office from the Registrar's Office of each college/university attended. International transcripts must be translated into English. We accept transcripts both electronically and in hard copy:

  • Electronic Transcripts: Please have your institution send the transcript directly to Please note that we can only accept copies sent directly from the institution.
  • Paper Transcripts: Please send hard copies of transcripts to: UNH Graduate School, Thompson Hall- 105 Main Street, Durham, NH 03824. You may request transcripts be sent to us directly from the institution or you may send them yourself as long as they remain sealed in the original university envelope.

Letters of Recommendation: 2 Required

Recommendation letters submitted by relatives or friends, as well as letters older than one year, will not be accepted.

Personal Statement/Essay Questions

Prepare a brief but careful statement regarding:

  1. Reasons you wish to do graduate work in this field, including your immediate and long-range objectives.
  2. Your specific research or professional interest and experiences in this field.


Current resume limited to no more than one page.

Important Notes

All applicants are encouraged to contact programs directly to discuss program specific application questions.

International Applicants

The University of New Hampshire recommends that international applicants who are living outside of the United States, and are planning on pursuing a research based degree, submit a preapplication form before submitting a full application. Your preapplication request will be carefully reviewed and a decision usually provided within 3 weeks. If your preapplication is approved then it is recommended you then submit a full application. If you are currently living in the United States (on a H1B visa, etc.), or you plan on pursuing a professional master’s degree, then you do not need to submit a preapplication.

Prospective international students are required to submit TOEFL, IELTS, or equivalent examination scores. English Language Exams may be waived if English is your first language. If you wish to request a waiver, then please visit our Test Scores webpage for more information.

UNH Manchester has transformed its sixth floor into the Biotechnology Innovation Center, a facility for teaching and research in the areas of biotechnology and cellular biology. This recent expansion on our campus opens doors to on-site internship and research opportunities with the Advanced Regenerative Manufacturing Institute (ARMI) and other start-up biotechnology firms.

Students will get hands-on experience in our state-of-the-art cell-culture teaching laboratory, upstream and downstream processing suites, pilot production laboratory and more.  Labs are stocked with the latest, cutting-edge equipment and are taught by residential faculty or experienced practitioners, all of whom specialize in their discipline.

Graduates of the M.S. program will be prepared to advance their careers in the biotechnology, biopharmaceutical and biomanufacturing sectors. With the biotech sector rapidly advancing, the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects growth in many related professions between 2018 and 2028. 

Job Title

Job Growth*

Median Salary**

Biochemist or Biophysicist



Biomedical Engineer



Medical Scientist









Physician or Surgeon






* Bureau of Labor Statistics, projected job outlook from 2018 to 2028. The average growth rate for all occupations is 5 percent.
** Bureau of Labor Statistics, median annual wages reported in May 2018.

Tuition & Fees

The anticipated tuition rates and fees for the 2020/2021 academic year are available here. Please note that these are subject to change.

Financial Aid

You may complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to apply for Federal Unsubsidized Direct Loans, the only form of federal financial aid available to graduate students. The basic eligibility requirements to be considered for Financial Aid include:

  • Enrollment in a degree program
  • Attending classes at least half-time (5 or more credits per semester)
  • Documentation of United States citizenship or eligible non-citizen status
  • Must maintain satisfactory academic progress


Our Biotechnology program welcomes students from all over the world, and the UNH Manchester campus is located in the heart of a city that embraces cultural diversity. Read more about our city.


UNH Manchester offers housing at our UNH residence hall, UNH Downtown Commons. Located at 1000 Elm Street, UNH Downtown Commons offers spacious rooms, on-site dining, laundry facilities, cable TV, internet, shared lounge spaces and more. The residence hall is just a short walk to campus& and steps from downtown Manchester’s vibrant restaurants, shops and nightlife. We’ve also partnered with New England College Institute of Art and Design (previously New Hampshire Institute of Art) to offer weekly meal plans in its dining hall, located on-site at 1000 Elm.

Contact the office of admissions for more information on housing

Getting Your Visa

The office of International students will assist you with your visa process. Visit our graduate International Students page for further details about the application process and other questions you may have.