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Dual MBA & MS Biotechnology Dual 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 Non-Profit 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.

This intensive program requires a minimum of 96 credit hours taken over six consecutive semesters. Dual Heller MBA/MS BIOT applicants must fulfill all requirements for admission to both programs. Students already enrolled in the MS BIOT program who desire to enter the MBA program will be required to take the GMAT or GRE.

Admissions Process

Application to the MBA/MS in Biotechnology is done through Brandeis Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.  The application form, and instruction can be found here.  The application fee to apply to GSAS is $75.00.  

Plans of Study

The following two curricular plans for the dual degree program indicate course sequencing depending on which program students begin with.

Heller MBA/MBT Dual Degree Curriculum Plan 

Beginning with the MS BIOT: Recommended Sequence of Courses (96 credits)

Fall One

Spring One

Summer One

BIOL 101 Molecular Biotech. (4) 

BIOL 156 Biotech. Project Lab (4) 

BIOT 200 Biotech. Proseminar (4) 

Management Elective (4)* 

(16 credits)

BCHM 155 Biochemistry Lab (4) 

BIOT 203 Management for 

Biotechnology (4) 

BIOT 201 Business of Biotechnology (4)

BCHM 100 Biochemistry or 
BIOL 100 Advanced Cell Bio. or
BIOL 102 Structural Molecular Biology or 
BIOL 103 Mechanisms of Cell Function (4 cr each) 

CONT 300 Ethical Practice in Health-related Science (non-credit) 

(16 credits) 

HS 250 Financial Acctg. (4) 

HS 258 Operations Mgt. (4) 

HS 290 Economic Analysis For Managers (4) 

(12 credits)

Fall Two

Spring Two

Summer Two

HS 253 Organizational Behavior and Leadership (4) 

HS 513 Issues in National Health Policy (4) 

HS 518 Healthcare Management (4) 

HS 246 Statistics (2) 

Science Elective (4)* 

(18 credits) 

HS 251 Managerial Accounting (4) 

HS 248 Financial Management (4) 

HS 252 Strategic Management (4) 

Science Elective (4)* 

(16 credits) 

HS 285 Marketing (4) 

HS 215 Corporate Finance (4) 

HS 347 Healthcare Technology and Information Systems (4) 

HS 232 Team Consulting Project Workshop (2) 

HS 299 Team Consulting Project (4) 

(18 credits) 

*Students may interchange these electives if desired (i.e., take a science elective when a management elective is indicated as long as 2 science electives and 1 management elective are taken during the program.

Heller MBA/MBT Dual Degree Curriculum Plan 

Beginning with the Heller MBA: Recommended Sequence of Courses (96 credits)

Summer One

Fall One

Spring One

HS 250 Financial Acctg. (4) 

HS 258 Operations Mgt. (4) 

HS 290 Economic Analysis For Managers (4) 

(12 credits) 

HS 253 Organizational Behavior and Leadership (4) 

HS 513 Issues in National Health Policy (4) 

HS 518 Healthcare Management (4) 

HS 246 Statistics (2) 

Management Elective (4)* 

(18 credits) 

HS 251 Managerial Accounting (4) 

HS 248 Financial Management (4) 

HS 252 Strategic Management (4) 

Science Elective (4)* 

(16 credits) 

Summer Two

Fall Two

Spring Two

HS 285 Marketing (4) 

HS 215 Corporate Finance (4) 

HS 347 Healthcare Technology and Information Systems (4) 

HS 232 Team Consulting Project Workshop (2) 

HS 299 Team Consulting Project (4) 

(18 credits) 

BIOL 101 Molecular Biotech. (4) 

BIOL 156 Biotech. Project Lab (4) 

BIOT 200 Biotech. Proseminar (4) 

Science Elective (4)* 

(16 credits) 

BCHM 155 Biochemistry Lab (4) 

BIOT 203 Management for Biotechnology (4)** 

BIOT 201 Business of Biotechnology (4) 

BCHM 100 Biochemistry or
BIOL 100 Advanced Cell Biology or 
BIOL 102 Structural Molecular Biology or 
BIOL 103 Mechanisms of Cell Function (4 cr each) 

CONT 300 Ethical Practice in Health-related Science (non-credit) 

(16 credits) 

*Students may interchange these electives if desired (i.e., take a science elective when a management elective is indicated as long as 2 science electives and 1 management elective are taken during the program 

**With this sequence (starting with MBA courses), students will take a science elective as replacement for BIOT 203.

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