Biotechnology Degree

Gain insight into the latest biotechnology discoveries and trends, and develop a solid foundation in research and innovation.

Key learning outcomes

Through the master’s degree program in biotechnology you gain:

  • Understanding of biotechnology theory and research, including human physiology and genetics, cancer, proteomics, genomics, and epigenetics. 
  • Knowledge of current industry practices, including biotechnology innovation and molecular biology techniques. 
  • Experience in experimental or case study design, scientific data analysis, writing and communication, ethical practices, and effective collaboration.

Program Overview

The degree includes nine courses—at least four taken on campus—and a thesis.

  • Get started. You begin by completing three admission courses from the program curriculum. This is your opportunity to demonstrate your commitment and ability to perform well as a Harvard student.
  • Apply to the program. While you are completing your third admission course, you submit your application. We have application periods in the fall, spring, and summer.
  • Continue your studies, online and on campus. As you progress through the program, you choose from courses offered on campus or online, in the fall, spring, or summer. To fully experience Harvard, you take at least four courses on campus as part of your degree. 
  • Complete your thesis. Working with a thesis director, you conduct in-depth research on a topic relevant to your work experience or academic interests, producing publishable quality results. You’ll emerge with a solid understanding of how scientific research is executed and communicated.

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Degree Course Listings

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Affordability is core to our mission. Our 2015–16 graduate tuition is $2,400 per course; the total tuition cost of earning the graduate degree is approximately $24,000.

There are a number of financial aid options available once you’re admitted to the program.