Biotechnology, MBIOT

The Master of Biotechnology Program prepares students, both full- and part-time, for leadership in the critically important and dynamic industries of biotechnology and pharmaceuticals. Strongly interdisciplinary, this innovative professional master's program draws its faculty and courses from the School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Engineering and Applied Science. Penn's world-class biomedical research centers, renowned science departments and position at the hub of the largest pharmaceutical/biotechnology corridor in the United States, place this program at the vanguard of biotechnology education. There are three parallel curriculum tracks: molecular biotechnology, pharmaceutical engineering biotechnology, and biomedical technologies. These tracks, in combination with core courses, insure that students get a uniquely broad exposure to the entire field of biotechnology and give students flexibility to tailor their degree to their background, interests, and current career or career goals.

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Master’s Program Curriculum

A minimum of 11.0 course units are required to obtain the Masters of Biotechnology degree.1

Core Curriculum

Core Curriculum
Select one of the following:1
Bioengineering III: Biomaterials
Principles of Biological Fabrication
Cancer Cell Biology
Molecular Genetics
Introduction to Computational Biology & Biological Modeling
Advanced Cell Biology
The RNA World: A functional and computational analysis
Chromosomes and the Cell Cycle
Microbial Diversity and Pathogenesis
Cell Biology
Vaccines and Immune Therapeutics
Introduction to Bioinformatics
Wistar Institute Cancer Biology Course: Signaling Pathways in Cancer
Biotechnology I: Cellular/Molecular Biology
Select one of the following:1
Principles, Methods, and Applications of Tissue Engineering
Musculoskeletal Biology and Bioengineering
Mathematical Computation Methods for Modeling Biological Systems
Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
Genome Science and Genomic Medicine
The Science and Art of Biotechnology
Molecular Biology and Genetics
Principles of Molecular and Cellular Bioengineering
Nanoscale Systems Biology
Stem Cells, Proteomics and Drug Delivery - Soft Matter Fundamentals
Molecular Basis of Disease
Cell Biology
Emerging Infectious Diseases
Fundamentals of Pharmacology
Biotechnology II: Engineering Biotechnology1
Engineering Biotechnology
Drug Discovery and Development
Laboratory in Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering
Select 1 of the following:1
Masters Biotechnology Lab
Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics Superlab
Biotechnology II: Engineering Biotechnology II
Select 1 of the following:1
Drug Discovery and Development
Engineering Biotechnology
Drug Delivery Systems: Targeted Therapeutics and Translational Nanomedicine
Principles of Genome Engineering
Free Elective
Select 1 free elective 2, 31
Track Electives5
Total Course Units11

The core courses represent 6 credit units and the track electives represent 5 credit units. Students must take at least 7 credit units– between the core and electives- within SEAS courses. 


5000+ level Engineering; most Wharton Business 5000+ level including ‘STAT;’ most School of Arts & Sciences 5000+ level; and most Perelman School of Medicine 5000+ including ‘BIOE’ course.


The course must have a technology, science, engineering focus and must be approved by the program prior to registration.

The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2023 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.