Biological Sciences Department
Masters in Biotechnology
The MBT program integrates advanced, hands-on training in laboratory-based molecular biology courses with MBA-level business courses from the College of Business. The core courses give the students an introduction to the many aspects of the biotechnology industry including drug development, marketing, finance and intellectual property. The required internship experience allows the students to apply what they have learned in real-life settings.
Through elective choices, students supplement the core program with additional hands-on science or MBA courses to support their career goals. MBT program graduates are highly trained individuals who have had direct exposure to the biotechnology corporate world and are ready to make immediate contributions to biotechnology companies. Graduates work in a variety of positions in research, product development, marketing, regulatory affairs, clinical affairs, project management, quality, and others.
The culminating experience is the Biotechnology Colloquium (Biol 285T) which includes the preparation of a business plan for a biotechnology startup company. The unit and course requirements can be found in the campus catalog (see below).
For more information visit: http://www.sjsu.edu/biology/.
Candidates must meet all the university admissions requirements.
In addition, applicants must submit to the Program Director their unofficial transcripts, GRE and TOEFL scores, two letters of recommendation, a statement of purpose and a resume. Potential candidates will be interviewed during the spring semester. Admission is based on the acceptance to the university and the outcome of the interview.
Applicants from countries in which the native language is not English must achieve a minimum English-language proficiency test score as indicated on the Graduate Program Test Requirements webpage at GAPE.
Requirements for Advancement to Candidacy
All students will submit their "candidacy form" during the fall of their second year, after having fulfilled all University requirements for advancement to candidacy, as detailed in the Graduate Policies and Procedures section of this catalog. Candidacy includes successful completion of the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR), which is satisfied in this degree by completion of Biol 202TA and 202TB with grades of "B" or higher.
Requirements for Graduation
University Graduation Requirements
Students must complete all residency, curriculum, unit, GPA, and culminating experience requirements as outlined in the Graduation Requirements section of the Graduate Policies and Procedures.
MBT - Master of Biotechnology Graduation Requirements
As shown below, the program consists of 33-36 semester units of approved work, including a 2-unit internship in the biotechnology industry.
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|Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement|
|At SJSU, students must pass the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR). For information on the GWAR, please see http://info.sjsu.edu/gcw.html.|
|This requirement is satisfied by passing Biol 202TA and 202TB.|
|BIOL 202TA. Biotech Seminar: Biotech Products||3|
|BIOL 202TB. Biotech Seminar: Drug Development Process||3|
|BIOL 202TC. Biotech Seminar: Biotech Business I||2|
|BIOL 202TD. Biotech Seminar: Biotech Buisness II||2|
|BIOL 205T. Advanced Molecular Techniques for Biotechnology||4|
|BIOL 221T. Advanced Bioinformatics for Biotechnology||4|
|BIOL 280T. Internship in the Biotechnology Industry||2|
|BUS 282A. Essentials of Management and Organizational Behavior||3|
|BUS 282B. Essentials of Operations Management||3|
|Students must take two elective courses in any combination in science or business|
|BIOL 227T. Principles of Pharmacology||3|
|BIOL 229T. Biotechnology Instrumentation||3|
|BIOL 233T. Immunological Techniques for Biotechnology||3|
|BIOL 283T. Topics in Biotech Regulatory Affairs||3|
|BIOL 281T. Individual Studies in Biotechnology||1-4|
|200-level Business electives chosen in consultation with the Program Director|
|Culminating Experience (Plan B only)||1|
|BIOL 285T. Colloquium in Biotechnology||1|
Elective courses must be planned in consultation with the Graduate Advisor.
Upon completion of the degree requirements, the student must have achieved minimum candidacy and SJSU cumulative grade point averages of 3.0 in order to graduate.