The Professional Science Master’s (PSM) track in Biotechnology combines graduate level biotechnology competencies with interdisciplinary coursework from business, communications, and management. This additional training and expertise will help students increase their marketability in the industry and enable them to compete for both scientific and non-technical jobs. The graduate program is designed for individuals who desire to work in science-based business or government careers, where workforce needs are increasing.
This program involves innovative, hands-on and multidisciplinary learning approaches to educate and train students in scientific aspects of biotechnology. The courses and research training required of all students in this program are designed to develop independent thinking, team work and communication skills, which are highly desirable in the biotechnology industry.
Students will be provided an industrial perspective and an understanding of product development at the same time as they are trained in the biotechnology techniques required for such development.
The Professional Science Master’s (PSM) track in Biotechnology consists of 42 credit hours of graduate courses offered by the College of Medicine, including 15 credit hours of required courses, graduate seminars, 9 credit hours of restricted electives, 12 credit hours of professional content courses, and 6 credit hours of internship. Additionally, students will have the option of obtaining a Graduate Certificate in Technology Ventures through the completion of their professional courses.
Students must pass an oral comprehensive examination to test understanding of basic concepts in this field no later than the end of the summer of the first year in the program.
Students in the Biotechnology PSM Program must complete an internship before graduation. The PSM program is designed to give students hands-on experience in the Biotechnology industry setting, while making professional connections for the future. There are opportunities for students to be placed with biotechnology companies, state and federal agencies, or non-profit organizations.
Graduates are prepared for careers as:
- Medical Researchers
- Research Scientists
- USDA Research Scientists
- Forensic Technologists
- Laboratory Technicians/Medical Technicians
- High School/ Community College Teachers
- Biotechnology Industry jobs
- Hospital/Clinical Technicians
- Research Foundation Technologists
- General UCF graduate application requirements
- One official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university attended
- Official, competitive GRE score taken within the last five years
- Three letters of recommendation
- A written statement of research experience, area of interest, and immediate and long-range goals
- Minimum TOEFL score (if applicable)
Applicants who hold a BS degree in unrelated fields are expected to have the equivalent of 16 semester hours of credit in the biotechnology/biological sciences including a course in general microbiology, biochemistry or molecular biology or cell biology, plus one year of organic chemistry, one year of physics, basic university mathematics and statistics, and laboratory skills equivalent to the minimum required of our own undergraduates.
*Non-thesis students are not considered for departmental graduate assistantships or tuition assistance.
We are currently accepting applications for our Fall 2018 class. Applicants must apply online.
Application Deadline: January 15th for International Applicants; May 1st for Domestic Applicants
For more information, please visit the graduate catalog here
View the program handbook here