The Master of Biotechnology: A Professional Science Master’s degree program at CSUSM uniquely combines technical, scientific and MBA-level business courses with real-world experience. Earn your master’s degree and prepare for advancement in the growing field of biotechnology and life sciences.
Distinguished Professor Award
Dr. Betsy Read was honored recently with CSUSM’s 2020-21 Harry E. Brakebill Distinguished Professor Award, which recognizes excellence in teaching, research, creative scholarship and service to the campus and community. She is a founder of the Master of Biotechnology: PSM and a professor of biological sciences at CSUSM.
“Dr. Read exemplifies the true spirit of the Brakebill Award; she is an extraordinary faculty member who has made outstanding contributions to her students, to her academic discipline and to our campus community,” said CSUSM President Ellen Neufeldt in announcing the award. “In every aspect of her 27-year career at CSUSM, she has shown tremendous dedication in academic excellence, and has been an inspiration to her students and colleagues alike.” Learn more here.
No GRE required to apply
Admission to the program requires an undergraduate degree with a major in a bioscience, chemistry or related area. Alternatively, if you have a BA/BS degree in a related field or equivalent work/certification experiences, you may be considered for conditional admission.
While a minimum of a bachelor’s degree is required, admissions will consider pertinent background, prerequisite courses and opportunity for successful completion.
Generally, you should have courses or experience in:
If you have not completed an upper-division biochemistry course you may be required to take CHEM 341 or 351.
Fall Semester 1
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|Fall Semester 2||8||
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*Unit rate for this program is $825
**University semester fees not included. View complete breakdown of Extended Learning fees. Semester tuition subtotals based on sample program sequence. All quoted tuition rates are based on previous academic years and are subject to change without notice.
View course descriptions and specific program requirements on the Biotechnology Catalog Page.
Please note: This program has a set schedule of courses that you are expected to follow as part of your cohort.
Fall Semester 1
CHEM 440 (3) - Protein Structure and Function for the Life Sciences
CHEM 440L (1) - Protein Structure and Function for the Life Sciences Lab (Optional)
BIOT 660 (2) - Scientific Communication in Technology Industry
BA 504 (3) - Accounting for Managers
|Spring Semester 1||
BIOT 600 + Lab (5) Genomics: DNA/RNA Technology
BIOT 650 (3) - Regulatory Affairs and Quality Management
BIOT 500 (1) - Preparation for the PSM and Bioscience Engagement
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BIOT 620 (3) - Bioprocessing and Bioengineering
BA 506 (2) - Management of Complex Organizations
BIOT 680 A or B (1-2) - Semester-In-Residence Writing Workshop
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BIOT 630 (3) - Experimental Design and Statistics in Biotech
BIOT 655 (2) - Business Law & Intellectual Property In High-Tech Enterprises
BA 670 (2) - The BioEntrepreneur: Science to Market
BIOT 675 (2) - Biotechnology Across the Borders
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BIOT 681 A or B (4-5) - Semester-In-Residence/Internship
BA 627 (3) - Business Analytics and Project Management
Classes are typically held Monday - Thursday from 5:30 - 9:30 p.m.Schedule is subject to change. Some students may be required to take additional units where there are deficiencies and/or when project demands warrant additional units.
A cohort is a group of students who work through a curriculum together to achieve the same academic degree. Because they are accepted into the same program, take their classes together and graduate together, students in cohorts tend to form a strong support system and professional network that benefit them during their degree program and beyond.
The Semester-In-Residence (SIR) program helps you put your coursework in action by
working at a biotechnology or related life sciences business to address a real-world
issue, project or problem. The SIR functions as a capstone experience in lieu of a
master’s thesis and runs for approximately 15 weeks requiring 300 hours of work. It
is similar to a structured internship with a very specific, comprehensive schedule
of deliverables that you establish in consultation with the CSUSM Biotechnology Advisory
Committee and your community partner. View previous SIR projects completed by CSUSM
Previous SIR projects
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Complete the program part time in five semesters with convenient evening classes
Program culminates in the presentation of a Semester-in-Residence project where you work with a biotech company to address a real-world issue, project or problem
Benefit from immediate peer support, individualized attention, guaranteed placement in courses, guaranteed time to completion, small classes and more
Learn from local leading experts who bring their industry experience to the classroom
“This program has allowed me to consider the business side of biotechnology. I’ve been able to learn why we have certain budgets, why we have certain deadlines and what the business needs are for the company. I always thought I would be in the lab doing research, but now I can bridge the gap between the two and perhaps be a liaison. It definitely opens up more doors.”
“If you want to work in industry, you need to know about accounting and you need to know about marketing and other skills. I know I have the knowledge and the skills to broaden my career. I think this will open opportunities for me in the future.”
“With the tools and skills acquired through the program, especially outside of the laboratory, I understood more about the business side of the biotech industry, which separated me from other candidates.”