Professional Science Master's in Biotechnology


The Professional Science Master's in Biotechnology program is a 30 semester credit hour interdisciplinary program that integrates scientific and business aspects of biotechnology.  The program is designed for students who enjoy science, have an interest in business, and want to apply that knowledge working in industry.  Our streamlined curriculum is designed with a strong foundation in molecular biology, technology, and business to create a comprehensive program that provides graduates with marketable skills and industry experience, and prepares them for careers in industry.  

Marketable Skills

Defined by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board's 60x30 Strategic Plan as, "Those skills valued by employers that can be applied in a variety of work settings, including interpersonal, cognitive, and applied skills areas. These skills can be either primary or complementary to a major and are acquired by students through education, including curricular, co-curricular, and extracurricular activities."

  1. Effectively articulate ideas on biological concepts via written communications and oral presentations.

  2. Demonstrate critical thinking by using logic and reasoning to interpret scientific results.

  3. Ability to design and conduct properly controlled experiments using modern scientific instruments and methods.

  4. Effectively propose potential technical solutions to modern biological problems or human health challenges.

  5. Integrate scientific knowledge and professional business concepts, principles, and ethics in the biotechnology sector.

  6. Work collaboratively as part of a team to perform, analyze, and present scientific results and/or research outcomes.

  7. Ability to understand research regulations and comply with all laboratory safety guidelines.


All students must meet the University requirements as outlined in the Admission to the TWU Graduate School section of the catalog.

This academic program may have additional admission criteria that must also be completed as outlined on the program's website.

Degree Requirements

Total Semester Credit Hours Required

30 Semester Credit Hours (SCH).

Biology Coursework
BIOL 6513Molecular Biology3
BIOL 5503Research Methods (Advanced Methods in Biology)3
BIOL 5681Seminar1
BIOL 5711Biotechnology Internship Seminar (taken twice)2
BIOL 5953Internship3
Business Coursework
BUS 5013Foundations in Business3
BUS 5933Business Ethics and Legal Environment3
BUS 5923Global Business3
or MKT 5133 Marketing Management
Electives (Biology or other approved coursework)9
Plasmids as Vectors for Recombinant DNA
Viruses as Vectors for Recombinant DNA
Advanced Scientific Communication
Advanced Pathophysiology
Advanced Genome Editing and Medical Ethics
Special Topics
Advanced Cell Biology
Advanced Genetics
Health Care Genetics
Advanced Biochemistry I
Advanced Biochemistry II
Total SCHs30