Professional Science Master's in Biotechnology
The two-year Professional Science Master's in Biotechnology program in Temple's College of Science and Technology explores the development of new technologies based on living organisms and their products. Biotechnologists seek to understand biomolecular and cellular processes and then use that knowledge to inform the development of products and technologies that benefit the environment and human health. Breakthroughs in biotechnology have led to advances in
- conserving energy,
- fighting diseases,
- improving manufacturing processes and
- reducing famine.
From biofuels to drug discovery and emerging diseases to environmental remediation, this master’s program at Temple will prepare students to be leaders in business, policy and research. Biotechnology PSM graduates interact comfortably with researchers and clinicians as well as managers, especially in the areas of finance, law and marketing. Their familiarity with multiple aspects of the research and development process makes these students uniquely equipped to manage research breakthroughs. The PSM offers courses taught by diverse faculty across Temple University, as well as instructors from government and industry.
There is a significant experiential component of this program, through which students work directly with faculty on real-world projects and gain the skills necessary to solve emerging problems. The degree culminates with an independent research project based either at Temple or within one of the program’s government or industry partner organizations in Philadelphia.
Classes & Curriculum
The Biotechnology PSM is designed for recent graduates and professionals who have a bachelor’s degree or the equivalent in a STEM field (science, technology, engineering or math). A professional science master’s degree places a dual emphasis on science training and professional development, and the Biotechnology PSM is geared toward students interested in technical training and careers in industry. If your interests are more aligned with research or you wish to pursue future academic study, you might want to consider the Biology MS or the Biology PhD.
The PSM can be completed on either a full- or part-time basis. Students are often working professionals, so most classes are offered in the evenings or on weekends for maximum flexibility. Classes are held on Main Campus in close proximity to Temple’s various labs and research support facilities. PSM courses include current topics in analytical biotechnology, bioethics and policy, bioinformatics, environmental biotechnology and microbial biotechnology. Many courses are writing-intensive and designed to allow students to hone their oral presentation skills.
Classes you may take during your degree program include
- Analytical Biochemistry;
- Biotechnology Lab I;
- Ethics Regulation and Policy in Biotechnology; and
- Nucleic Acid Technologies.