Master of Science in Biotechnology

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The master of science in biotechnology is a 30-credit applied science graduate program that prepares you for a successful career or further advancement in the exciting and evolving fields of biotechnology—including pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical, and biomedical industries; government and academic research laboratories; forensic sciences, food and cosmetic industries; and agricultural biotechnology.

View requirements and course descriptions in the University Course Catalog
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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.
  • At least one year each of chemistry, physics, and mathematics (including a semester of calculus). Students who do not fulfill the above two requirements can make up appropriate courses with permission of the graduate committee.
  • Cumulative grade point average of no less than 3.00 on 4.00 scale.
  • Satisfactory score on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test.
  • Graduate Record Examination is waived for students who graduated from William Paterson University with a Biology degree with at least a 3.00 cumulative GPA.
  • Two letters of recommendation that 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) 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