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Biotechnology Graduate Program

  • Earn Your Way In

    Excel in 2 Degree Courses to Qualify for Admission

  • Format

    Online for 2021–2022

  • Average Course Tuition

    $2,980

cell in biotechnology

Gain insight into the latest biotechnology discoveries and trends.

Develop a solid foundation in research and innovation.

What You'll Learn

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.
  • Earn an optional graduate certificate in bioinformatics, biotechnology management, innovation and entrepreneurship, or project management.

Your Harvard Degree
Master of Liberal Arts (ALM) in Extension Studies, field: Biotechnology.

Our biotechnology graduates have gone on to PhD programs in the fields of AI and machine learning, cell and systems biology, proteomics, pharmacy, genetics, and neurogenetics at national universities. They are employed in the field of biotechnology and related industries such as pharmaceuticals, hospital and health care, and medical devices.

  • 30

    Average Age

  • 1-2

    Courses Taken Each Semester

  • 91%

    Work Full Time

  • 97%

    Would Recommend the Program

  • 84%

    Professional Experience in the Field

  • Most

    Pursued For Career Advancement

Getting Started: Admissions and Degree Requirements

At Harvard Extension School, your admission is based largely on your performance in two specific Harvard Extension courses that you complete before submitting an application.

To get started, we invite you to explore the degree requirements, confirm your initial eligibility, and learn more about our unique “earn your way in” admissions process.

The true benefit [of my time at Harvard Extension] is the ability to have both deep technical conversations and broad philosophical conversations about my field of research with a holistic viewpoint.

Cost and Financial Aid

Affordability is core to our mission. When compared to our continuing education peers, it’s a fraction of the cost.

Our Tuition (2021–22 rate) $2,980 per 4-credit course
Average Tuition of Peer Institutions $5,476 per course
Average Total Cost $35,760

After admission, you may qualify for financial aid. Typically, eligible students receive grant funds to cover a portion of tuition costs each term, in addition to federal financial aid options.

Learning & Connection

Deep learning springs from human connection. That’s why we work so hard to bring people together — whether in a live virtual classroom or an in-person seminar on campus.

Our approach to online learning fosters interaction without sacrificing flexibility. Each week, you’ll engage with your instructor, participate in peer discussions, and receive one-on-one support from teaching staff—all from your home or office.

Online Learning at Harvard Extension School
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