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.
Courses Taken Each Semester
Working Full Time
Would Recommend the Program
Professional Experience in the Field
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.