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Biotechnology Graduate Program

  • Earn Your Way In

    Excel in 2 Degree Courses to Qualify for Admission

  • Format

    Online for 2020–21

  • Average Course Tuition


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.

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%

    Working Full Time

  • 97%

    Would Recommend the Program

  • 79%

    Professional Experience in the Field

  • Most

    Pursued For Career Advancement

Admission and Getting Started

Here at Harvard Extension, you begin your coursework before you even apply. Why? Because we believe the best way to prove you can succeed in the program is by first succeeding in the classroom.

To get started, you take the following two courses. Earn at least a B in each to qualify for admission.

  • BIOT 200 Proseminar: Introduction to Graduate Studies in Biotechnology and Bioengineering and Nanotechnology
  • 1 biotechnology life science course

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.

Ready to take the next step? Check your admissions eligibility, explore the curriculum, and prepare to enroll in your first course.

See the schedules in the academic calendar.

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 (2020–21 rate) $2,900 per course
Average Tuition of Peer Institutions $5,476 per course
Average Total Cost $35,000

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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