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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
  • Classes typically held Monday - Thursday from 5:30-9:30pm
  • 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.

"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.

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Dr. Betsy Read
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 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.