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Science is growing, why not be a part of it?

The science department has various laboratory facilities: micro labs, physics labs, anatomy labs, chemistry labs, a greenhouse and Faculty Research labs; there is a ton of new equipment that is on the cutting edge of science; and new research opportunities are growing by leaps and bounds!

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Mission, Philosophy, and Goals

The Science Department's mission is to produce open-minded professionals with specific knowledge and technical skills that relate to the natural world and to provide an in-depth understanding of scientific advances that affect society. We now live in the post-genome era, where genome sequencing and use of genetic information to cure diseases and improve health is commonplace. Expertise in this broad area is critically important for society, as advances in discovery research routinely cross over into healthcare, pharmaceutical, and chemistry professions. Genomic medicine, DNA sequencing, and bioinformatics continue to be at the crest of cutting-edge research and affect society on many levels; therefore, Marywood University provides a specialized education to those interested in these important fields. Our science graduates are encouraged to utilize their scientific education and talents in a globally responsible manner.

M.S. in Biotechnology

The M.S. Biotechnology program prepares students for careers in a number of fields such as biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, healthcare, chemistry, and environmental science. The curricula blend modern science education with management skills in business and technology. The job market for scientists with this type of training remains strong because companies are looking to hire highly qualified scientific researchers who can serve in managerial positions. Our M.S. Biotechnology degree is ideal for entry-level technical/laboratory researchers or mid-level professionals looking to advance their careers. In addition, many students with an M.S. Biotechnology degree go on to medical, professional, or doctoral schools.

Program Design/Points of Entry

The M.S. Biotechnology program is composed of two basic curriculum tracks, depending upon point of entry. Marywood University undergraduates in their junior year can apply for admission into the program and enter our five-year B.S./M.S. curriculum. Applicants who already possess a B.S. or a B.A. in the life sciences can enter the two-year, stand-alone M.S. track. The graduate component is essentially identical for both tracks, and neither track requires a written thesis.

Admissions Requirements

Marywood University undergraduate students: General screening by an admissions committee from the Department of Science for this track typically takes place during year three if the student is a Biotechnology major. If accepted into the five-year program, students will take graduate level Biotechnology courses in their fourth year. Students in good academic standing (GPA of 3.00 minimum) are candidates for the graduate component in the fourth and fifth year.

Post-baccalaureate entry: A B.S. or B.A. in an undergraduate major related to the life sciences is required. An undergraduate GPA of 3.00 or higher is expected. Prerequisite courses for the M.S. Biotechnology include:

  • One year of: General Biology with lab, General Chemistry with lab, Organic Chemistry with lab
  • One semester of Microbiology with lab
  • A 200+ level mathematics course (e.g. Calculus)
  • One semester of upper-level biology or chemistry with lab (e.g. Immunology, Genetics, Biochemistry)

A completed application must include:

  • Official, unopened transcripts from all undergraduate institutions attended.
  • A GRE score.
  • Two letters of recommendation from professional references (former professors, work supervisors etc.).
  • A minimum TOEFL score of 81 or a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 (if applicable).
  • An essay (1-2 pages) describing the candidate’s career objectives and how the M.S. Biotechnology degree will assist with such goals.
  • A professional résumé.

To be considered for the program, applicants are required to submit an application for admission at least one semester prior to the planned summer or fall semester start date, along with application fee. Each application is reviewed by the Department of Science Graduate Admissions Committee and notification of the committee's decision is communicated by the Marywood University Admissions office.

Program Course Requirements

(Total credits: 37-39)


COMM 503 Public Presentation
PSYC 501 Research Methods
PUB 511 Ethics in Management
* BUS 500+ Graduate Business (M.B.A.)
* BUS 500+ Graduate Business (M.B.A.)
* BUS 500+ Graduate Business (M.B.A.)
  Interdisciplinary Total Credits

*Graduate Business (M.B.A.) courses required; choose a total of three (3):

BUS 542 Financial Planning & Management
BUS 556 Business Venture & Entrepreneur

At the UG level, BUS 321 is recommended before taking BUS 542 and BUS 556.

BUS 541 Organizational Behavior and Development
BUS 568 Legal Aspects of the Administrative Process
BUS 570 Marketing & Strategic Planning

At the UG level, BUS 341 is recommended before taking BUS 541, BUS 568, and BUS 570.

BUS 546 Managing the Organization in the Marketspace
BUS 569 Management of Technology
At the UG level, BUS 301 is recommended before taking BUS 546 and BUS 569.


BIOL 501 Cell Culture
BIOL 502 Bioinformatics
BIOL 520 Literature Review
BIOL 540 + L Molecular & Cellular Biology
BIOL 583 Emerging Medicines and Technologies
Science Total Credits: 15

III. SCIENCE ELECTIVES (Choose 2 electives)

BIOL 521 + L Biochemistry
3 (4)
BIOL 522 Biochemstry II 3
BIOL 532 + L Immunology
3 (4)
BIOL 546 + L Genetics
3 (4)
BIOL 595 Research
1 or 2
ENVS 520 + L Ecology
3 (4)
Science Elective Total Credits: 4-6

Total Number of Credits: 37-39

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