Master of Biotechnology

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An innovative combination of laboratory-based science and graduate-level business courses, our two-year, 13-course Master of Biotechnology (MBT) stands out with its direct mentorship opportunities and access to Silicon Valley biotech companies.

Our Master of Biotechnology, founded in 2003, has a five-semester cohort-based curriculum with small class sizes and great opportunities for networking. The program also offers hands-on training to elevate your education and advance your career.

The San Francisco Bay Area has more biotech companies than any other location worldwide. Students in this program can take advantage of our location, getting greater access to industry experts and companies within the valley.

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Program Features

Direct experience

Students are required to complete a summer internship in biotechnology companies and have access to companies like Genentech, Genencor, Affymetrix, Agilent Life Sciences, Abbott, Roche, and Applied Biosystems.

Exceptional faculty

The program faculty consist of academic experts and industry leaders who bring biotech and business experience to the classroom.

Networking opportunities

Through internships, access to faculty in the industry, and small class sizes, you have countless opportunities to connect, broadening your network and increasing your job outlook. Greater than 90% of our students have jobs by graduation.

Biotech opportunity

According to, the demand for STEM talent in the bioscience industry continues to grow. On average, biotech workers earn 85 percent greater than others working in the industry.

Career Opportunities

  • Graduates work in a variety of biotechnology positions, and over 300 of our MBT alumni work in Silicon Valley.
  • has named the San Francisco Bay area as Biotech Bay, a hotbed for over 3,000 biotech companies and more than 96,000 life science professionals.
  • Biotech startups are at the cutting edge of the industry and have launched 40% of new active substances in the last 3 years, oftentimes collaborating with big pharma. Our program offers graduate-level business entrepreneurship courses, a great elective to take if you are considering joining a startup or becoming an entrepreneur yourself.

There are a lot of biotech companies in the Bay Area, and we have quick access to them. I found an internship through one of the emails the MBT professor sent, and that’s how I met the CEO. I interviewed the next day and pretty much got hired the day after.

Ramtej Pinisetty
MBT Student, SJSU

Fast Facts

  • Startups are a great way to break into a career in biotech. lists the top 30 up-and-coming life science companies in North America, of which 11 of these companies are in California.
  • 3,418+ Biotech companies in close proximity to SJSU, including many of the top biotech companies like Gilead, BioMarin, and Fiberogen

I got a Biotech internship in Silicon Valley in the summer, and with the skill set I gained from the MBT experience, it was smooth sailing. And under the mentorship of MBT Faculty, I became one of the Silicon Valley Innovation Challenge (SVIC) finalists

Sreelakshmi Chandra
MBT Student, SJSU

Apply To The Program

Learn more about how to apply below.

  • Admission Requirements
    • US 4-year Bachelor's degree or equivalent
    • General GRE-writing 4.0 (lower scores can be reviewed by the Directors)
    • Minimum GPA 2.5 (last two years of university coursework: 3.0 recommended)
    • TOEFL 80 or IELTS 6.5 (international) or Duolingo 120
    • Financial statement as required by GAPE (international)
    • A one-page "Statement of Purpose"
    • A resume
    • Two letters of recommendation

      For more information, please visit the MBT website.
  • How to Apply

    For a full checklist and links to apply, visit the Biotechnology Admissions page.

  • Application Deadlines

    Fall 2024 - Domestic

    • Application Deadline: April 1, 2024*
    • Document Deadline: April 20, 2024*
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    Fall 2024 - International

    • Application Deadline: April 1, 2024*
    • Document Deadline: April 20, 2024*
    *These dates are not final and are subject to change.

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