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Indiana University Bloomington

Biotechnology Graduate Program

Welcome to the Indiana University Professional Science Master's Degree Program in Biotechnology!

Biotechnology is an area that has seen significant growth in global employment. In the state of Indiana, jobs in the Biotechnology sector have increased to nearly 60,000 from 2001 to 2010, a 14% increase. In contrast, total private sector jobs declined over this span, largely due to the recession.* The Indiana University Graduate Biotechnology Program was initiated in 2009 to train students for employment in the biotechnology industry. Successful students in the one-year training program receive a Master of Science degree in Biotechnology.  Recent graduates have obtained positions in companies that manufacture macromolecules, agricultural chemicals, or that conduct pharmaceutical Research and Development. Several students have joined law firms dealing with intellectual property. Some graduates used the research experience gained from the program to transition to Ph.D. degrees.

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The Master of Science in Biotechnology at Indiana University is recognized as a Professional Science Master’s (PSM) Degree. "The PSM degree is an innovative graduate degree designed to allow students to pursue advanced training and excel in science without a Ph.D., while simultaneously developing highly-valued business skills without the additional time and money needed to obtain an MBA.  Programs are characterized by "science-plus" curricula, combining rigorous graduate study in science or mathematics with skills-based coursework in management, policy, or law. PSM programs emphasize the written and verbal communication skills, leadership, and team-building required in professional settings. Instead of a thesis, most PSM degrees require a collaborative research project, as well as an internship in a business or the public sector. PSM graduates are equally as comfortable in the science lab as in the board room, court room, and other professional settings," says the National Professional Science Master’s Association. For more information on PSM Degree Programs, please visit:

A featured training platform in the Biotechnology Masters program includes the possibility to conduct three-semesters of research on bacterial antibiotic resistance. In 2012 a program to train students to manufacture and analyze biomolecules was initiated. The students can also substitute the research project with internships in research laboratories at IU or companies in the area, provided that a suitable training plan can be established.  In addition to research or internships, the students take courses designed to develop critical thinking, quantitative analysis, writing and presentation skills, as well as gain a strong foundation in molecular science.

The faculty in the Biotechnology program provides rigorous training in a collegial and supportive atmosphere.  Please contact us if you have questions about the program.
* Battelle/Bio State Bioscience Industry Development 2012 report.


C. Cheng Kao, Ph.D., Professor, Molecular & Cellular Biochemistry
Phone: (812) 855-7959

Director of Graduate Studies:

Robert Vaughan, Ph.D., Lecturer
Phone: (812) 855-5170