Master of Science in Biotechnology



Biotechnology is a revolutionary branch of biology that applies advanced technologies to biological systems to advance healthcare, agriculture, industrial, and environmental issues for the betterment of society.

Develop cutting edge research skills with experienced professors 

What to Expect from our Biotech Program

The M.S. in biotech is a 30-credit applied science graduate program. It prepares students for a successful career that includes but is not limited to: pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical, biomedical industries, government and academic research labs, forensic sciences, food and cosmetic industries, and agricultural biotechnology.

The program offers different business, professional communication, and management courses that improves soft skills for success in any career. Completing the program will enhance your knowledge not only in science but also how to become a successful leader and manager.

What Makes A PSM Unique

William Paterson's M.S. in Biotechnology has the distinction of being a Professional Science Masters (PSM) degree. This degree:​

  • Distinguishes graduates from non-PSM programs because our program focuses on gaining "transferrable skills" that are most appealing to employers; a combination of soft skills and technical skills.​
  • Integrates professional business skills, through applied courses, that companies look for when considering applicants to hire as well as distributing raises in the competitive climate of the field. ​
  •  In a survey conducted by the PSM organization, graduates with a PSM degree have experienced a salary increase from a minimum of 4% to upwards of 16% within five years of obtaining the degree!



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Admission Requirements

In addition to the University’s admission requirements:

  • Baccalaureate degree, preferably in biology or related major.
  • Applicant should have had at least one course each in general biology and genetics.
  • It is recommended that applicants have taken one year of chemistry and math.
  • Cumulative grade point average of no less than 3.00 on 4.00 scale (GRE not required).
  • Names and contact information of two references who can attest to applicant’s academic qualifications
  • Students applying from countries where English is not the language of instruction should have a satisfactory score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or other assessment accepted by the University and provide a recognized translation of their degrees and transcripts

Application Deadlines

August 1st: Fall semester

December 1st: Spring semester

*International students are advised to apply by:
April 1st: Fall (September intake)
November 1st: Spring (January intake)


Professor David Slaymaker 
Program Director
Science Hall East, Room 4055