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 combines skill-based training in our state-of-the-art laboratory spaces and innovative experiential learning opportunities with local companies. Experience our new Biotechnology Innovation Center (BIC) and the BIC incubator space housing industry partners in the biotech, pharma and medtech fields as you prepare 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.

What is biotechnology?

Biotechnology focuses on the application of the biological and biochemical sciences, and particularly genetics, to create new and enhanced biomedical, industrial, agricultural and environmental products. Modern biotechnology (including molecular, cellular and tissue manipulation) has helped us reduce our environmental footprint, utilize cleaner energy, improve manufacturing efficiency and create more than250 healthcare products that fight debilitating and rare diseases. The field is flourishing in New Hampshire, Massachusetts and worldwide, with a growth of careers in tissue biology, genomics, microbiology, regulatory science, drug development and more.

Why choose UNH Manchester’s M.S. in biotechnology program?

UNH Manchester has expanded its teaching and research facilities in partnership with the Advanced Regenerative Manufacturing Institute (ARMI) and its BioFabUSA program, which is creating an industry to regenerate human tissue and organs right down the road from campus. Through skills-based training in our state-of-the-art lab spaces and with industry partners in biotech, pharma and medtech fields, the M.S. in biotechnology 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.

Potential career areas

  • Biomedical research and development
  • Clinical research
  • Food, animal, and environmental science
  • Government (policymaking)
  • Manufacturing
  • Process development
  • Project management
  • Quality assurance/regulatory affairs
  • Sales and technical support
  • Software engineering

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Students in the biotechnology lab at UNH Manchester

 

 

ACCELERATED MASTER'S PROGRAM

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

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.

Completion of the M.S. in Biotechnology: Industrial and Biomedical Sciences program requires completion of 30 graduate credits including 4 required core courses, 1 required seminar course, and a project, internship, or co-op work experience. Full-time students can complete the program in 18 months. Students admitted from a UNH Bachelor’s degree program can complete the Accelerated Master's program in 12 months depending on the courses completed during their undergraduate program. Students choosing the project or internship track would undertake an internship or internships in industry, applied research in an industrial job where the student is already employed, or research in a faculty member’s laboratory at UNH. Students choosing the co-op work experience route would spend 6 months in a full-time industrial placement as part of their degree program.

The MS Biotech:IBMS program welcomes students from varied scientific and other backgrounds who have the required basic skills to succeed in the degree program. Normally, this background includes completion of a Bachelor’s degree (GPA > 3.0) with an introductory biology two-course sequence with lab, a genetics course (lab not required), and at least one semester of organic chemistry. Students with non-biomedical Bachelor’s degrees with these skills are encouraged to apply for admission. UNH Bachelor’s degree students in a variety of curricular areas would similarly be able to apply for admission as an Accelerated student if they meet the pre-requisite requirements above. For all applicants, the MS Biotech:IBMS program recommends this additional level of preparation: one semester of microbiology with laboratory, one semester of bioethics, one semester of cell biology, one semester of statistics, one semester of mathematics to the pre-calculus or calculus level, and one semester of biochemistry. GREs are not required. International students must submit a TOEFL score or equivalent evidence of English proficiency as required by the UNH Graduate School.

The Biotechnology industry in New England is currently expanding at a substantial rate (2018 Job Trends Forecast, MassBioEd Foundation) and graduates of the M.S. in Biotechnology: Industrial and Biomedical Sciences program will be well-prepared for anticipated growth in jobs projected for the biotech R&D, medical testing laboratory, pharmaceutical and biotech manufacturing laboratory instrumentation, academic, and other sectors in New England in the coming years.

Curriculum
The M.S. in Biotech:IBMS is offered in traditional and accelerated formats each of which require students to complete 30 credits comprised of 4 Core Curriculum courses and a Graduate Biotech Seminar course (13 total credits), a series of Elective Courses (7-14 credits), and a Capstone experience (3-10 credits). Traditional full-time enrolled students will be able complete the degree in 18 months. UNH Bachelor's degree students entering into the Accelerated Master’s program as full time students will be able to complete their degree in as little as 12 months.

Core Curriculum
The MS Biotech:IBMS core curriculum is centered around research project team-based lab courses. This provides you with important industry-relevant transferrable job skills, such as clear communication, cooperation and relationship building, teamwork and conflict resolution, and creative problem-solving and strategic thinking. These transferrable skills are developed hand-in-hand with the wet-lab skills. In addition to the core lab and lecture coursework covering the major industry areas of cell, molecular, and protein biochemistry, the program incorporates a core course entitled “Biotechnology Products and Regulation.” This course takes a critical look at industry from the initial stages of research and development in the biomedical sciences through the legal and regulatory stages of biotechnology product development and manufacturing. This content is key to understanding how the biotech industry functions and thus is a centerpiece in your training in our degree program. Finally, you are required to enroll in a minimum of one graduate biotech seminar course. While the specific content of the seminar courses will vary to reflect the dynamics of the ever-changing biotech field, the two typical focus areas of the semester-long seminars will be “Instrumentation in the Biotech Industry” and “Cutting edge topics in the Biotech Industry today”.

Course Requirements
BIOT 877Molecular Biology and Biotechnology3
BIOT 877
Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (Lab)
BIOT 853Cell Culture3
BIOT 853
Cell Culture (Lab)
BIOT 825Biotech Products and Regulation3
BIOT 866Protein and Immunological Techniques3
BIOT 866
Protein and Immunological Techniques (Lab)
BIOT 896Graduate Seminar in Biotechnology1
Elective Coursework 17-14
Capstone Experience Options 23-10
Capstone A
BIOT 893
Directed Graduate Research
Capstone B
BIOT 891
Applied Research
or BIOT 892
Graduate Internship
Capstone C
BIOT 895
Graduate Co-op Experience

Accelerated Master’s Program for UNH Undergraduate Students

An exciting Accelerated Master's program leading to a combined Bachelor’s degree (usually in a biological or biomedical field) at UNH and a Master's degree in Biotechnology: Industrial and Biomedical Sciences is designed for highly motivated and qualified students seeking additional training to further their career goals as a researcher and practitioner in the biotechnology field.

Students accepted into the program complete up to 12 graduate credits in combined 700/800-level courses during the student’s senior year in their B.A. or B.S. program. The student must complete 30 total graduate level (800-999) credits of course work (including the dual credit courses). All other requirements for the M.S. degree are required. While five-year total time to completion of the Accelerated Master’s dual degree is possible, actual time to completion will vary depending on the number of graduate credits taken during the completion of the undergraduate degree.

Deadlines

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.

Transcripts

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 grad.school@unh.edu. 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.

Resume

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.

Explore Program Details

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

6%

$93,280

Biomedical Engineer

4%

$88,550

Medical Scientist

8%

$84,810

Microbiologist

5%

$71,650

Pharmacist

n/a

$126,120

Physician or Surgeon

7%

$208,000+

Veterinarian

18%

$93,830

* 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

ADDITIONAL FINANCIAL AID INFORMATION >

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.

Housing

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.

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