Designed to meet the needs of working professionals, the Master of Science in Biotechnology program at UW-Madison fuses science, law, and business to broaden your skills. Evening and weekend sessions enable you to conveniently obtain a world-class degree.

Is this Program Right for You?

Success in biotechnology today demands broad expertise and global vision. The Master of Science in Biotechnology program at UW-Madison creates a well-rounded educational experience that provides a comprehensive view of product development and delivery.


Our program provides a multi-disciplinary approach to product development and technology-based entrepreneurship and is well-suited for practicing scientists, technical professionals, attorneys, and business people poised to move into positions of greater responsibility in the world of biotech.


The fast-paced curriculum is presented in innovative and convenient evening and weekend sessions designed to accommodate your challenging professional and family life and help ensure completion of the program in less than two years. Every other week, classes meet on Thursday evening, all day Friday, and on Saturday morning.


Nearly 90% of our students cite a significant or considerable impact on their career, even before they graduate from our program.


The Master of Science in Biotechnology program brings together the expertise of UW-Madison’s world-class faculty and the experience of the region’s most successful biotechnology leaders from private industry.


What You Learn

  • Synthesize perspectives on intellectual property, patents, and licensing
  • Apply concepts of product development, commercial pathways, regulatory affairs, ethics, and biomanufacturing
  • Show first-hand knowledge of molecular technologies and drug-discovery topics
  • Evaluate business strategies in biotechnology and how they are applied in a competitive marketplace

Where & How You Learn


  • Evening/Weekend, face-to-face


  • Working in teams, explore challenges faced by today’s biotechnology industry alongside students from a broad range of professional backgrounds
  • Interact with faculty, industry leaders, and others to gain awareness of business strategy, global markets, and emerging technologies vital to delivering groundbreaking products to the market

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All applicants must:

  • Have a bachelor’s degree with a minimum grade point average of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale, with a minimum two semesters of biology or other related life science courses; applicants with several years of work experience are strongly favored for admission
  • Present three letters of recommendation from teachers, supervisors, or researchers; a post-application phone interview will be conducted

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