Molecular & Cellular Biotechnology (M.S.)

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Interested in a career in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, or biomanufacturing industries? Now you can earn BOTH a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in molecular and cellular biotechnology in just five years.


 

Why pursue a Master Of Science Degree in Molecular and Cellular Biotechnology?

There is a growing demand for a highly trained biotech workforce in the state of New Hampshire and surrounding states, with an emphasis on those who have additional training in laboratory skills, project development and execution, and related expertise that meets modern biotech workplace needs. With a master’s degree in this dynamic and expanding industry, students will enter the workforce with a significant advantage early in their careers.

Why choose the Accelerated B.S./M.S. Biotechnology Program at UNH?

UNH’s new accelerated B.S./M.S. program in molecular and cellular biotechnology (MCBT) delivers a customizable curriculum and substantial innovative learning experiences for students seeking to successfully begin their careers in a range of bioscience industries. Unlike a thesis-based master’s program, students in the MCBT program take core and elective courses in biochemistry, molecular and cellular biology that are of immediate relevance to the bioscience industry, including biotechnology, pharmaceutical science, biomanufacturing, and medical device companies.

Students have outstanding opportunities to engage with world-class researchers, develop analytical skills with state-of-the-art instrumentation, and be centrally located in the northeast biotech corridor that extends from Boston to Portland. The program concludes with a training experience in an industrial setting or UNH research lab that will launch students onto the next stage of their career.

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CONTACT

Paul Boisselle
MCBT Program Manager
Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Biomedical Sciences
Email: paul.boisselle@unh.edu
Phone: (603) 862-4814
Apply: gradschool.unh.edu/admissions

 

Curriculum & Requirements

Year One (Fourth Undergraduate Year)

Fall Semester
Spring Semester
4
BCHM 851   Principle of Biochemistry I
4
BCHM 852   Principle of Biochemistry II
5
BCHM 854   Molecular Biology Research Methods
5
BCHM 855   Biochemistry Research Methods: Proteins
 
2
LGP 971   Bioinnnovation Research Collaboration & the Law
9
Total Credits
11
Total Credits
Many students will complete an internship or capstone research experience in the summer following their senior year. Development of summer short courses and workshops are underway.

Year Two

Fall Semester
Spring Semester
5
BCHM 853   Cell Culture
4
MCBS 895   Investigations
4
BCHM 894   Protein Structure and Function
4
BCHM 860   Pharmacology
1
MCBS 997   Graduate Seminar
1
MCBS 997   Graduate Seminar
10
Total Credits
9
Total Credits

All students admitted to the accelerated M.S. in MCBT will be assigned a faculty advisor who will develop an individualized curriculum to meet your specific career goals. For students currently pursuing B.S. degrees in animal science, bioengineering, biomedical science (all options), biology, biotechnology, genetics, neuropsychology, neuroscience and behavior, and zoology, a sample course sequence is provided; other majors may also be suitable for this accelerated B.S./M.S. path. Note that students currently enrolled in the B.S. in biochemistry, molecular and cellular biology will have already completed much of the MCBT core curriculum and can move ahead to the advanced laboratory courses, workshops, and lecture courses that in conjunction with a capstone internship/research experience complete their B.S./M.S.

Note that 12 credits taken with senior standing can be applied toward both completion of the B.S. and the M.S.