Biological Sciences Department

Master in Biotechnology

The Master of Biotechnology (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.

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Admissions Requirements

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 Advancement to Candidacy petitions 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.

Culminating Experience

The culminating experience is the Biotechnology Colloquium (Biol 285T), which includes the preparation of a business plan for a biotechnology startup company.

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 36 semester units of approved work, including a 2-unit internship in the biotechnology industry.

Special Session Program Information

Academic Programs offered through Special Session are operated by the College of International and Extended Studies (IES). Registration and enrollment in a Special Session course or program must use the special session application form and will follow special session fee and course schedules. Note that regular session students seeking to enroll simultaneously in a special session course or program will trigger a separate and additional set of fees. This may require an additional enrollment appointment from the Registrar and it may have implications for financial aid status or requirements. Please visit the IES website for more information.

Course Requirements

Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement
At SJSU, students must pass the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR). For information on the GWAR, please see
This requirement is satisfied by passing BIOL 202TA and 202TB.
Core Courses29
BIOL 202TA. Biotech Seminar: Biotech ProductsGWAR3
BIOL 202TB. Biotech Seminar: Drug Development ProcessGWAR3
BIOL 202TC. Biotech Seminar: Biotech Business I2
BIOL 202TD. Biotech Seminar: Biotech Buisness II2
BIOL 205T. Advanced Molecular Techniques for Biotechnology4
BIOL 221T. Advanced Bioinformatics for Biotechnology4
BIOL 280T. Internship in the Biotechnology Industry2
BIOL 282C. Biotechnology Company Management3
BUS 282A. Essentials of Management and Organizational Behavior3
BUS 282B. Essentials of Operations Management3
Students must take any two of the following 200-level science and/or business courses:
Science Electives
BIOL 227T. Principles of Pharmacology3
BIOL 229T. Biotechnology Instrumentation3
BIOL 233T. Immunological Techniques for Biotechnology3
BIOL 283T. Topics in Biotech Regulatory Affairs3
BIOL 281T. Individual Studies in Biotechnology1-4
Business Electives
200-level Business electives chosen in consultation with the Program Director
Culminating Experience (Plan B only)1
BIOL 285T. Colloquium in Biotechnology1

Total Units:36

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.