Jul 23, 2024  
2024-2025 Graduate Catalog 
2024-2025 Graduate Catalog

Biotechnology, M.S.B.

Morsani College of Medicine  
Department: Medical Sciences
In select cases, late admission is possible.

Also offered as a Concurrent Degrees  


The USF Master’s Degree Program in Biotechnology represents a multi-college partnership and a truly interdisciplinary collaboration. Participating colleges include the Morsani College of Medicine, the College of Engineering, the College of Public Health, the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Business Administration. The Major is designed to meet the increasing demand for trained people in this exploding area, which crosses the traditional fields of biological, chemical, engineering, health and computer sciences. The curriculum has been designed accordingly and provides the theoretical background, the practical training and, with the internships, the “real life” experience, which will equip students with the essential tools for a successful career in the field of biotechnology. In 2008, the USF Biotechnology major was recognized by the Council of Graduate Schools as Professional Science Master’s Program. Graduates take jobs in the Biotechnology Industry or move on to a Ph.D. Degree Program, Medical School, Dental School, Veterinary School or Pharmacy School.  The Master’s Degree Program in Biotechnology can be obtained in 3 semesters of study and is available for full-time and part-time enrollment.

Admission Information

Must meet University Admission and English Proficiency requirements, as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below.

  • Completed pre-requisite prior training in biological sciences, chemistry, and engineering
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation
  • Required Supplemental Information Form
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Resume
  • A GRE test score *

*The GRE may be waived in special circumstances where the applicant can demonstrate substantial graduate level experience. This experience can include (but is not limited to) a post-graduate degree, 2-3 years of research and/or development experience in an academic or industrial settings, or participation in research projects leading to published papers OR submission of an MCAT test score. The decision on the waiving of GRE will be at the Graduate Director’s discretion.

If an applicant is an international applicant a course-by-course transcript evaluation will also be required.
Application Procedures - https://www.usf.edu/admissions/graduate/admission-information/how-to-apply.aspx 

Curriculum Requirements

Total Minimum Hours - 36 credit hours

  • Core – 15 credit hours
  • Additional Required Course - 6 credit hours
  • Electives – 12 credit hours
  • Internship – 3 credit hours

Additional Required Course (6 Credit Hours)

Students complete:

  • one graduate ENT Course (3 Credit Hours)

And then either complete:

A list of ENT courses may be viewed in the course inventory: https://usfweb.usf.edu/academic-programs/course-inventory   

Electives (12 Credit Hours)

Students select a minimum of 12 credit hours of graduate courses in consultation with the Graduate Director.

Internship (3 Credit Hours)

Comprehensive Exam/Internship:

In lieu of the Comprehensive exam, a practical internship and theoretical assignment, which will both require the successful application of the knowledge they have acquired during their formal training, are required.  Specifically:

  • an internship with a written and an oral internship report and
  • a review paper providing an overview of recent advancements in an area of biotechnology of the student’s choice.

Concurrent Degree

Also available as a Concurrent Degree