To enroll in a biotechnology master's degree program, candidates must have at least a bachelor's degree with some prior education in a biology-related field. Applicants will also need to submit qualifying GRE scores with their application, and some schools may require prior work experience. Once accepted, most programs take 2 years to complete (24 credit hours) and require a thesis for graduation. Students may also be expected to engage in internship opportunities and lab research.
Master's Degree in Biotechnology
Students focus on genetic materials, chromosomes, molecules, cell systems, cloning, enzymes, genes and genomics through classes and lab work. They may experiment with microscopic cells and learn to separate liquid from solids, as well as how to separate biochemical mixtures. Other studies include some of the following themes:
- Creation of small particles
- Development of biological materials
- Human immune system
- Motion of material bodies
Employment Outlook and Salary Information
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicted an 8% increase for biochemist and biophysicist jobs between 2014 and 2024, which is average growth for all occupations. Microbiologist jobs were predicted to increase by 4% (slower than average) during the same time frame. As of May 2015, the BLS reports, biochemists and biophysicists earned an average of $93,390 per year; microbiologists earned an average of $76,230 per year (www.bls.gov).
Students interested in biology and microorganisms can pursue a master's degree in biotechnology. On average, graduates can expect to make generous salaries as biochemists, biophysicists or microbiologists.