MBA and MS in Biotechnology

What is a dual degree?

Students in dual degree programs fulfill the complete requirements for each degree, earning degrees for both programs.

What is a joint degree?

Joint degree programs are created by special agreement between programs, allowing students to fulfill a modified set of requirements. Please note that students in joint degree programs earn only one degree.


Biotechnology is a rapidly growing sector of the United States and global economies. Its products are increasingly important in diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of disease. The Professional Master of Science Program in Biotechnology at Brandeis University (MS BIOT) equips students with skills to enter and advance in this dynamic industry. Graduates work in hospitals, biotechnology firms, bioscience research, and in the pharmaceutical industry. The Heller MBA in Nonprofit Management, with its specialization in Healthcare Management, primarily prepares students for work in organizations that manage healthcare delivery, research and policy (hospitals, insurance companies, biotech research and the like). The opportunity for MS BIOT students to acquire additional leading edge management skills via the Heller MBA, with its deep expertise in healthcare management, will optimally position them for significant leadership roles in a broad range of organizations in biotechnology and healthcare.

Program Description

This intensive program requires a minimum of 96 credit hours taken over six consecutive semesters. The following curricular plan for the dual degree program indicates course sequencing that begins with the Heller MBA program. Students may, in lieu of the course sequence outlined below, begin the dual degree with biotechnology courses.


First Year

Second Year



  • BIOL 101, Molecular Biotechnology (4 credits)
  • BIOL 156, Biotechnology Project Lab (4 credits)
  • BIOT 200, Biotechnology Proseminar (4 credits)
  • Science Elective (4 credits)


  • BCHM 155, Biochemistry Lab (4 credits)
  • BIOT 201, Business of Biotechnology (4 credits)
  • BIOT 203, Management for Biotechnology (4 credits)
  • BCHM 100, Biochemistry, or BIOL 100, Advanced Cell Biology, or BIOL 102, Structural Molecular Biology, or BIOL 103, Mechanisms of Cell Function (4 credits)
  • CONT 300, Ethical Practice in Health-Related Science (Non-credit-bearing)
Students may, in lieu of the course sequence outlined above, begin the dual degree with biotechnology courses.