department menu

Master of Biotechnology; a Professional Science Master's Degree

Program Overview

CSUSM offers a Master of Biotechnology; a Professional Science Master's Degree (MBt). Comprising 39* units of a combination of Biotechnology and Business classes over five semesters, this program is one of the more practical and applicable biotechnology degrees available in the San Diego area. Biotech industry leaders have overwhelmingly indicated a need for business training in addition to laboratory experience with hands-on understanding of the increasingly complex technologies being developed in the biotech industry.

  • 39* credits/units over five semesters (fall, spring, summer, fall, spring)
  • Cohort-style program structure guarantees classes
  • Evening classes to accommodate working professionals
  • Combines business courses with science
  • Includes regulatory affairs, statistics, bioengineering and more
  • Requires a Semester-in Residence project with an industry leader
  • Culminates in a public presentation of the project
  • Often results in immediate job placement or advancement
  • Financial Aid is available

Cohorts begin every Fall semester.  Application for Fall 2019 now open!

Upcoming Information Webinar

Attend the upcoming live webinar with a Q&A session and hear Biotech faculty discuss program details, costs, the admission process and much more!

 Thursday, April 4th, 2019 |  7:00 PM - 8:00 PM PST


No URL entered.

No Title entered.

No caption entered. All videos legally must be accurately captioned before being embedded on the campus site. Please fill out the Video Caption Request Form to request this process. Re-embed your video after this process has been completed.

"The Professional Science Master degree is an innovative graduate degree designed to allow students to pursue advanced training and excel in science without a Ph.D., while simultaneously developing highly-valued business skills without the additional time and money needed to obtain an MBA. Programs are characterized by combining rigorous study in science with skill-based coursework in management, law, intellectual property and regulatory affairs," says the Council of Graduate Schools. Professional Science Master programs emphasize writing and communication skills and require a final real-world project or team experience in a business or public sector enterprise.

*Some students may be required to take additional units where there are deficiencies and/or when project demands warrant additional units.

Please note: The administration of The Master of Biotechnology program is contingent upon having the appropriate number of qualified candidates.  In the event the number of minimum qualified candidates is not satisfied, the program may be delayed or cancelled prior to the program's start date.  Accepted applicants will be notified in writing if the program is cancelled or delayed.  We encourage you to visit our website frequently for the most up-to-date information.


PSM science master's

Dr. Betsy Read
Program Director
(760) 750-4129

Request More Information

Biotech Webinar

 Student Spotlight


When Dillon Howarth ’18  MBt defended his master’s thesis, his highly technical presentation took an hour and 45 minutes. Then he was invited to present on the same topic to a national audience. His time limit? Five minutes.

Read his story to learn how he met this challenge.