Degree Programs: Full-Time/Part-Time: Free-Standing M.A.
Columbia University’s Master of Arts in Biotechnology trains students in modern aspects of molecular biology with a particular emphasis on approaches used in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. The curriculum focuses on the basic principles of biotechnology and specific applications in various fields. The use of biotechnology to fight disease is emphasized.
Thirty (30) points of course work plus a master’s thesis are required for the M.A. in Biotechnology. The coursework includes three core courses, intensive laboratory experience and elective courses selected from the Department of Biological Sciences and a variety of other departments according to the student’s specific interests. The thesis includes a review of a topic in biotechnology. The program can be completed by full-time students in one year including the summer term or at a reduced pace by part-time students.
Who Should Apply
Research career in biotechnology: Anyone interested in becoming a research scientist in biotechnology will benefit from this program. The program covers basic and advanced aspects of biotechnology and allows students to start careers in research and development in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries.
Moderate biology background: Students with a moderate biology background have the opportunity to extend their course work in biotechnology and biological sciences and continue in these fields.
Regulatory affairs: Those interested in regulatory affairs and management in the biotechnology industry are able to enhance their previous or future training in these fields with a firm scientific background.
Management, investment, and patent law: Professionals in management, investment and patent law in the biotechnology industry are able to extend their knowledge of the science behind this industry, enabling them to make better decisions regarding this rapidly developing technology.
Students wishing to apply for an M.D. or Ph.D.: Students interested in M.D. or Ph.D. programs are able to explore the field of biotechnology with relatively short time commitment and increase their prospects for admission to top programs.
Applicants should have a B.A. or B.S. in biology or a related field. Applicants with a significant background in biology and chemistry but who have majored in other fields will be considered. Students will be selected for admission based on their academic background as demonstrated by grades, recommendations letters, and adequate relevant science expertise.
In addition to the requirements listed below, all students must submit 1 transcript showing courses and grades per school attended, a Statement of Academic Purpose, and 3 letters of evaluation from academic sources. All international students whose native language is not English or whose undergraduate degree is from an institution in a country whose official language is not English must submit scores of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or IELTS. For more information, refer to our Admissions Information and Frequently Asked Questions pages.