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Chicago Biotechnology Universities with Degree Program Summaries

There are five schools within 20 miles of Chicago that have biotechnology programs. Read an overview of three schools' programs, requirements and admission info and find out which school is right for you.

Comparison of Biotechnology Options in Chicago

Students looking for biotechnology education and training in the Chicago area have several options. This article explores three schools that are a 35-minute drive or less from downtown Chicago. All offer graduate-level education. Also included with this article is a table that allows students to directly compare various aspects of the three schools. A brief paragraph at the end of the article examines biotechnology programs at two other Chicago schools.

  • Roosevelt University located less than 1.5 miles from the heart of Chicago, offers a master's degree in the biotechnology and chemical science.
  • Rush University, three miles from downtown Chicago, is a private institution that offers a Master of Science in Biotechnology.
  • Students can attend Northwestern University in nearby Evanston, just 12 miles from the city center, and pursue a graduate certificate and master's degree in biotechnology.

Comparison of Schools

Prospective students must look at a number of factors when they are choosing a school. The following table compares different areas that are important, including costs and school type.

Roosevelt University Rush University Northwestern University
School Type 4-year; private, not-for-profit 4-year; private, not-for-profit 4-year; private, not-for-profit
Total Enrollment (2017) 4,457* 2,569* 22,008*
Campus Setting Large city Large city Small city
Graduate Tuition & Fees (2017-2018) $19,879* $34,654* $52,679*

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) College Navigator.

Roosevelt University

Roosevelt University has 122 undergraduate and graduate programs. The university offers a Master of Science in Biotechnology and Chemical Science, in addition to programs in biochemistry, biology, chemistry and human performance improvement.

Master of Science in Biotechnology and Chemical Science

Roosevelt students pursuing a graduate degree in biotechnology and chemical science can choose from concentrations in chemical science, biotechnology or biotechnology management. The program is designed for students with an undergraduate background in biology or a related field. Topics of study include biotechnology applications, genetics, immunology and biological research.

Rush University

Students at Rush University have the option of pursuing over 30 certificate and degree programs in allied health, medicine, nursing and biomedical research. Some of the master's degree programs offered include biotechnology, clinical research and biomedical sciences.

Master of Science in Biotechnology

The biotechnology master's degree program is 34 credits and features core science courses in molecular biology, functional cell biology, functional tissue biology, pharmacology, cellular biochemistry and laboratory techniques. Students are also required to complete a research project. The accelerated program can be completed in nine months, and graduates may pursue additional educational opportunities or obtain employment with a science organization.

Northwestern University

Students attending Northwestern University can earn a Certificate in Nanobiotechnology or a Master of Science in Biotechnology. Students can also participate in research projects in several areas, including stem cell biology, developmental biology and neurobiology, diagnostics and medical devices.

Nanobiotechnology Certificate

This graduate certificate complements the master's degree program in biotechnology. Students take a required course in bionanotechnology and select two other courses from a list of electives that include nanomaterials, protein structures, electron microscopy and nanomagnetic materials. An alternate course can be taken for the bionanotechnology course if that course is not offered.

Master of Science in Biotechnology

This program is available with or without an internship track. Students who don't participate in the internship can complete the program in 15 months, while those in the internship track can graduate in 21 months. The curriculum covers kinetics for bioprocessing, molecular biotechnology, technology commercialization, bioprocess engineering and biotechnology research. Regardless of the track, graduates are prepared to assume managerial or research positions in the biotechnology field.

Other School Options

Students interested in pursuing a more specialized program in biotechnology might consider the master's degree in medical biotechnology available at University of Illinois - Chicago, about 1.5 miles from the city's center. Also located right in Chicago, City Colleges of Chicago - Harry S. Truman offers an associate's degree in biotechnology.


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