The Master of Biotechnology Program prepares students for leadership in the critically important and dynamic industries of biotechnology and pharmaceuticals. Strongly interdisciplinary, this innovative program draws its faculty and courses from the Schools Engineering, Arts and Sciences, and Medicine. Penn’s world-class biomedical research centers, renowned science departments and position at the hub of the largest pharmaceutical/biotechnology corridor in the United States place this program at the forefront of biotechnology education.

According to their interests, background, and career goals, students can choose from one of three tracks:

  • Biopharmaceutical/Engineering Biotechnology – drug discovery and biopharmaceutical manufacturing
  • Biomedical Technologies – clinical issues such as biomaterial, tissue engineering, and imaging
  • Molecular Biology
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While successful completion of a bachelor’s degree is required, it does not have to be in a particular discipline. It is very helpful to have had a previous course in molecular biology and a year of college level calculus. Students with no engineering or science in their background are encouraged to do some foundational coursework prior to applying.

Student Story

Sherin Sonia Jacob: Voices of Penn Engineering Master’s Alumni

This is part of our series of articles, written by Penn Engineering alums in their own words, of their experiences at Penn and how it shaped their lives. This article is written by Sherin Sonia Jacob, who graduated with a master’s in Biotechnology in 2011.