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 in the field of biotechnology you:

  • Develop an understanding of biotechnology theory and research, including human physiology and genetics, cancer, proteomics, genomics, and epigenetics.
  • Build knowledge of current industry practices, including biotechnology innovation and molecular biology techniques.
  • Gain experience in experimental or case study design, scientific data analysis, writing and communication, ethical practices, and effective collaboration.

Program Overview

The degree consists of 12 courses, with at least four taken on campus. 

  • Get started. You begin by completing two stipulated degree courses as outlined on the degree requirements page. 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 second degree course, you submit your application. We have application cycles 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.
  • Complete your thesis or capstone.
    • If you choose the thesis track, you'll work independently with a thesis director to 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.
    • If you choose the capstone track, you'll create a business plan for a new company, emerging technology, or ground-breaking drug. You'll do all the background research including SWOT and feasibility analysis. Then, you'll pitch your idea to a panel of experts. 
  • Graduate with your Harvard degree. You participate in the annual Harvard Commencement, receiving your Harvard University degree: Master of Liberal Arts (ALM) in extension studies, field: biotechnology.

Explore Courses & Requirements

Learn about admission, courses & on-campus study

Degree Course Listings

Once you've explored the degree requirements, you can search for course offerings that count toward the degree. See the degree courses

Cost

Affordability is core to our mission. Our 2017–18 graduate tuition is $2,700 per course; the total tuition cost of earning the graduate degree is approximately $32,400.

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