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The Master of Science in Biotechnology program at Worcester State University helps you broaden your understanding of the biological sciences and prepares you for careers and doctoral programs in the growing field of biotechnology. With classes available in the late afternoons and evenings, our flexible, part-time program is designed with working students like you in mind. The program offers the possibility of transferring up to 12 eligible credits of graduate work—also making it a great value. We also offer a 4-Plus option for our current undergraduate biotechnology major that enable the undergraduate and graduate degree requirements to be completed in 5 years. WSU’s biotechnology curriculum covers a wide range of topics in biology and chemistry, and some courses include a hands-on laboratory component, through which you’ll put classroom theory into practice. What’s more, you’ll have exciting opportunities to conduct research with our accomplished faculty or with other experienced scientists in the field. You’ll demonstrate your mastery of program coursework by completing a research project and writing a thesis—and passing a written and/or oral examination when you defend your thesis. While many of our students have continued their studies beyond the master’s level, others have found success in an array of laboratory settings in education, industry, research, and manufacturing. In fact, some of our recent graduates are employed by Worcester-area colleges and universities, and most are at various biotechnology companies. As a program graduate, you’ll gain all the advantages that come with being part of our network of biotechnology professionals.
Elective Courses are from this list or others when approved by the faculty:
To fulfill requirements for the Course BI 995 Research in Biology/Biotechnology (6 credits) the candidate must complete an acceptable thesis or paper submitted in publishable format based upon the original research based on laboratory research experience. Laboratory investigations are supervised by faculty in the laboratories at Worcester State University or by arrangement at another institution. The candidate must adhere to the form specified for the thesis by the Biology Department graduate faculty. The thesis will be defended in an oral examination conducted by the faculty. During the semester in which the candidate anticipates receiving the degree, the following timetable for the thesis completion and defense shall apply.