Master's of Professional Studies: Biotechnology
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.
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- 30-credit masters program (10 courses)
- Advanced level science, business and regulatory courses ("science plus")
- Nationally accredited Professional Science Masters
- Internship opportunities - The MPS Program offers assistance to students interested in expanding on their industry experiences to include a Professional Experience. Please contact a Program Director for more information.
- No thesis required
- Evening and hybrid classes
By the end of this program, you will be able to:
- Explain the relationship between science and business related to biotechnology
- Interpret and analyze new scientific discoveries and technologies relevant to biotechnology
- Assess and apply established and emerging biotechnology techniques used for commercial development
- Describe the process of biotechnology product development, including clinical trial design, inspections, and regulatory filings
- Plan for and manage innovative technologies and/or products
- Apply the elements of effective management and leadership within an organization
- Effectively function in and lead multidisciplinary teams
- Communicate ideas effectively and persuasively in writing and oral presentations
- Describe and apply sound legal and ethical standards, reasoning, and tools in a biotechnology context
- Design and plan experiments and evaluate research results
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.
The tracks permit students to specialize in sub-areas of biotechnology that most suit their interests. These tracks will focus on topics that best prepare students for difficult-to-fill jobs in the biotechnology industry.
- Regulatory Track: This track focuses on the regulatory environment. The curriculum provides students with a foundation in regulatory affairs, GMP manufacturing, quality control and systems and clinical trials management.
- Bioprocessing Track: This track focuses on the technology of making and purifying commercially valuable products from living systems. Students interested in bench-science careers in biotechnology related to the development and manufacture of biologic products will benefit from choosing this track.
Biotech Core: 6 courses [18 credits]
Regulatory Track: 4 courses [12 credits]
Bioprocessing Track [12 credits]