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College : MedicineDegree : MS
Department : Burnett School of Biomedical SciencesOption : Nonthesis
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The Professional Science Master's in Biotechnology in the College of Medicine will prepare students with practical training through biotechnology laboratory courses and an internship in a laboratory environment that requires understanding of scientific concepts. A one-year MBA option provides management skills necessary in business administration.


Total Credit Hours Required:
43 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor's Degree

The Professional Science Master's (PSM) track in Biotechnology consists of 43 credit hours of graduate courses offered by the Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences in the College of Medicine, including 13 credit hours of required courses and graduate seminar, 12 credit hours of restricted electives, 12 credit hours of professional content courses, and 6 credit hours of an internship as detailed below. The duration of this program will be two semesters and two summers. 

What makes this program unique is the focus on practical training offered to graduate students through biotechnology laboratory courses and internship in a laboratory environment that requires understanding of scientific concepts. A one-year MBA option provides management skills necessary in business administration.

Required Courses—13 Credit Hours

Core—10 Credit Hours

  • MCB 5527 Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (3 credit hours)
  • MCB 5722C Methods in Biotechnology (4 credit hours)
  • IDS 5127 Foundation of Bio-Imaging Science (3 credit hours)

Graduate Seminar—3 Credit Hours

Students will participate in at least three graduate seminar courses. These seminar courses will prepare students for making professional presentations with emphasis in biotechnology and will involve participation of speakers from the biotechnology industry, with emphasis on an industrial perspective on biotechnology applications and product development.

  • MCB 5937 Industrial Perspectives Seminar (1 credit hour)

Elective Courses—12 Credit Hours

Students will select 12 credit hours of restricted electives from the list below.

  • BSC 5418 Tissue Engineering (3 credit hours)
  • CHS 6535 Forenesic Analysis of Bilogical Materials (2 credit hours)
  • CHS 6535L Forensic Analysis of Biological Materials (2 credit hours)
  • CHS 6536 Forensic Analysis of DNA Data (2 credit hours)
  • GEB 6516 Technology Commercialization (3 credit hours)
  • MCB 5205 Infectious Processes (3 credit hours)
  • MCB 5225 Molecular Biology of Disease (3 credit hours)
  • MCB 5505 Molecular Virology (3 credit hours)
  • MCB 5654 Applied Microbiology (3 credit hours)
  • MCB 5932 Current Topics in Molecular Biology (3 credit hours)
  • MCB 6226 Molecular Diagnostics (3 credit hours)
  • MCB 6417C Microbial Metabolism (3 credit hours)
  • MCB 6938 Seminar (1-2 credit hours)
  • PCB 5236 Tumor Biology (3 credit hours)
  • PCB 5238 Immunobiology (3 credit hours)
  • PCB 5275 Signal Transduction Mechanisms (3 credit hours)
  • PCB 5937 Special Topics: Human Endocrinology (3 credit hours)
  • PCB 6528 Plant Molecular Biology (3 credit hours)
  • PCB 6596 Bioinformation and Genomics (3 credit hours)
  • ZOO 5745C Essentials of Neuroanatomy (4 credit hours)

Professional Courses—12 Credit Hours

Students are required to take the following courses to better equip them to administer the business aspects of biotechnology programs and laboratories. These courses form the foundation prerequisites of the MBA program. 

  • ACG 6065 Accounting Foundations (3 credit hours)
  • ECO 6418 Economic Concepts with Math Applications (3 credit hours)
  • ECO 6405 Business Statistical Concepts and Methods (3 credit hours)
  • FIN 6404 Foundations of Finance (3 credit hours)

Internship—6 Credit Hours

Students will take a minimum of six credits of internship to complete their studies in a biotechnology setting. Current opportunities for internship include more than fifty biotechnology companies in Florida, research institutions such as the Burnham Institute, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Scripps, Torrey Pines, Florida Hospital, Orlando Regional Medical Center, research centers associated with hospitals, etc. Internships are scheduled in the summer so that students can find internship opportunities within or outside Florida.

MBA Option

If students wish to complete the MBA, they may do so within one year. The 12 credit hours of the professional courses listed above form the foundation prerequisites required to enter the MBA. These foundation courses are offered in spring and summer and must be completed prior to starting the MBA Professional Core classes.

After completing the PSM track, students may then take the 8 professional core courses and 3 elective courses to complete the MBA. Up to 9 credit hours of credit may be transferred from the PSM into the MBA upon approval of the MBA program director. Most MBA courses will be offered in the evening (5-9 p.m.). The MBA program begins each fall semester.

The intellectual merit of the Professional Science Master's in Biotechnology and the MBA is expressed through the rigorous training offered to students in interdisciplinary scientific areas and in finance and business administration. This additional training and expertise will help students increase their marketability in the industry and enable them to compete for both scientific and non-technical jobs.

If students wish to earn an MBA degree after completion of the PSM in Biotechnology, then they will need to complete the following MBA courses.

  • MAN 6245 Organizational Behavior and Development (3 credit hours)
  • ECO 6416 Applied Business Research Tools (3 credit hours)
  • ECO 6115 Economic Analysis of the Firm (3 credit hours)
  • *ACG 6425 Managerial Accounting Analysis (3 credit hours)
  • *BUL 6444 Law and Ethics (3 credit hours)
  • MAR 6816 Strategic Marketing Management (3 credit hours)
  • FIN 6406 Strategic Financial Management (3 credit hours)
  • MAN 6721 Applied Strategy and Business Policy (3 credit hours)
  • Electives (9 credit hours)

* Students planning to sit for the CPA exam must substitute approved CPA courses for ACG 6425 and BUL 6444. 

Application Requirements

For information on general UCF graduate admissions requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the Admissions section of the Graduate Catalog. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.

In addition to the general UCF graduate application requirements, applicants to this program must provide:

  • One official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university attended.
  • A bachelor’s degree in life sciences.
  • Official, competitive GRE score taken in the last five years.
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • A written statement of research experience, area of interest, and immediate long range goals.

Application Deadlines

Professional Science Master's Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
Domestic Applicants Jan 15May 1
International Applicants Jan 15Jan 15
International Transfer Applicants Jan 15Mar 1


Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see Student Finances, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The Financial Information section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.


Fellowships are awarded based on academic merit to highly qualified students. They are paid to students through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, based on instructions provided by the College of Graduate Studies. Fellowships are given to support a student’s graduate study and do not have a work obligation. For more information, see Fellowships, which includes descriptions of UCF fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship.