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Medical Biotechnology Colleges and Schools: How to Choose

Numerous schools across the U.S. offer bachelor's degrees and advanced master's degrees in medical biotechnology. Deciding on which school to attend can involve a number of factors, including research opportunities and course options.

The field of medical biotechnology includes research and development of technology used in the medical, agricultural and pharmaceutical industries. Programs in medical biotechnology are available at 4-year colleges and universities.

Top 10 Medical Schools

The table below provides further information on top biotechnology colleges and schools.

College/University Location Institution Type Degree Offered Tuition (2015-2016)*
Harvard University Cambridge, MA 4-year, Private Master's, Doctorate $41,832
Stanford University 4-year, Private Stanford, CA Master's $45,729
Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, MD 4-year, Private Master's, Doctorate $48,710
University of California-San Francisco San Francisco, CA 4-year, Public Master's, Doctorate $11,220 in state, $26,322 out of state
University of Pennsylvania (Perelman) 4-year, Private Philadelphia, PA Bachelor's, Master's $31,068
Washington University in St. Louis St. Louis, MO 4-year, Private Master's $47,300
Yale University New Haven, CT 4-year, Private Doctorate $38,700
Columbia University New York, NY 4-year, Private Master's $42,280
Duke University Durham, NC 4-year, Private Master's $47,590
University of Chicago (Pritzker) Chicago, IL 4-year, Private Master's $51,624

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

College Selection Criteria

Important considerations for selecting a medical biotechnology school include:

  • Students may consider schools with cooperative education programs, which can provide paid hands-on experience.
  • Consider schools with strong collaborative programs in chemistry, biology and engineering.
  • Look for graduate schools offering externships with companies or research organizations to learn the entire process of budgeting, developing and marketing new products.
  • Potential choose programs with faculty from a variety of academic backgrounds, including law and business, as well as medicine and pharmacology.

Bachelor of Science in Medical Biotechnology

Undergraduate programs take four years of full-time study to complete, two of which are spent focusing specifically on courses for the major. Some programs require internships, cooperative education experiences or research projects upon completion of coursework.

Master of Science in Biomedical Technology

Advanced 2-year programs in biomedical technology are interdisciplinary and combine research in biology, chemistry, math, business management and ethics. Depending on the school and the student's interests, a thesis or clinical internship may be required.

Biomedical technology programs are found at undergraduate and graduate degree levels. Internships are often required and a certification in medical technology may be available through certain programs.


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