Program Overview

The M.S. Biotechnology degree program is under administrative control of the Graduate Committee of the Department of Biological Sciences. The Graduate Committee, in consultation with the Director of the Program, governs all admissions, administration, and curriculum issues. The Director of the Biotech Program is appointed by the Chair of the Department of Biological Sciences. The Director is a full-fledged member of the Graduate Committee as well as an acting advisor to all students applying to, and enrolled in, the Biotechnology program. Within the Graduate Committee, the Director represents the Biotechnology Program during all committee deliberations, including applicant admissions. This arrangement ensures that the interests of the Biotechnology Program are represented at the committee level and allows oversight of the Biotechnology Program by the committee to ensure it continues to serve departmental needs.

The deadline for submission of international applications for Fall Term admission is March 1st of the same year.  Domestic applications are accepted through April 1st.  Applications must be received by the Department of Biological Sciences on or before the deadline date.  Students are encouraged to send applications directly to the Department.

Admission Requirements
Admission to this program is contingent upon admission to the Graduate School; for requirements, see Admission, Regular. In addition, applicants are expected to have attained a level of scholarship in the baccalaureate program equal to a grade point average of 3.0 or better, including adequate preparation in biological sciences and supporting courses in chemistry, physics and mathematics. Normally, the entering student will be expected to have fulfilled the equivalent of the requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree at Wayne State University and to satisfy any deficiencies by course work before becoming a candidate for the advanced degree. Applicants must also write the general portion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and these should be no more then 4 years old. To be seriously considered, students should obtain an aggregate score of at least 1600 using the older GRE exam format or a combined score of at least 1000 for verbal and quantitative sections and 3.0 on the analytical writing section of the newer GRE format.

Objectives of Program:
1. To gain academic excellence in basic courses underlying Molecular Biotechnology (includes, but is not limited to: Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Genetics, and Bio-informatics).
2. To acquire practical skills in laboratory techniques (includes basic Laboratory Safety, Biohazard and Radiation Safety courses, the use and handling of animals, and several basic Molecular Biology techniques using eukaryotic and prokaryotic systems).
3. To develop written and oral communication skills (includes maintaining records, writing reports, reading scientific papers, technical writing, and seminar presentations).

Two years starting in the Fall of Year 1 and graduating at the end of Summer of Year 2.


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