Master of Science in Biotechnology

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Help Develop Advancements in Life Sciences, Technology, and Business

Learn with a world leader in biological research and the global biotechnology industry with the Master of Science in Biotechnology program from the Johns Hopkins University Advanced Academic Programs division. This degree program equips you with multidisciplinary skills that apply to careers in pharmaceuticals, agriculture, healthcare, environment, energy, national security, law, and more. In this degree program, you can:

  • Customize your studies in line with your career objectives through the six concentrations available.
  • Experience the rigorous, practical curricula you need to advance your academic ambitions and apply what you are learning right away.
  • Choose between online and on-campus options that are designed for working professionals.

Core coursework in this program includes biochemistry, molecular biology, and advanced cell biology. Specialize in your area of interest with one of six concentrations:

  • Biodefense
  • Bioinformatics
  • Biotechnology Enterprise
  • Molecular Targets and Drug Discovery
  • Regenerative and Stem Cell Technologies
  • Regulatory Affairs

Fast Facts

Professional Opportunities

Contribute to scientific research and development as a biochemist, a profession with a median salary of $103,810.1 You can also prepare to investigate patterns and causes of disease and injury as an epidemiologist, which has a median salary of $78,520.2

Choose from Diverse Concentrations

Six optional concentrations in the Master of Biotechnology degree program allow you to specialize in your area of interest and learn the knowledge needed for the career you desire.

The biodefense concentration is ideal for those who want to study bio-threat detection, surveillance, and identification. You will analyze various bio-detection platforms, discuss statistical methods, and work through laboratory practices and procedures.

The biotechnology enterprise concentration adds a business and marketing element to your program. You will study intellectual property and licensing, biotechnology economics, the creation of biotechnology enterprises, finance for biotechnology, and more.

In the regenerative and stem cell technologies concentration, you will acquire an in-depth understanding of stem cells, gene therapy, and regenerative medicine as well as a valuable hands-on and theoretical skillset necessary to advance in these rapidly expanding fields.

Ground your biotechnology expertise in a specialty that combines biology and big data. In this concentration, you will learn to harness programming, biostatistics, and your passion for scientific discovery to advance genetics, biochemistry, and beyond. As a result, you can move to the forefront of an emerging—and growing—career field.

Core course work from this concentration includes molecular targets and cancer, chemical libraries and diversity, screening, and automation. You can further personalize this concentration with electives in immunology, pharmacology, cancer biology, gene expression data analysis, and more.

The regulatory affairs concentration emphasizes the rules and regulations that govern product development and post-approval marketing for drugs, biologics, and medical devices. You will have the opportunity to study international regulatory affairs, food and drug law, medical device regulation, biopharmaceuticals, or even direct your independent study.

Not quite what you are looking for? Explore our other programs in biotechnology and regulatory science.


  1. “Biochemists and Biophysicists.” U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Retrieved 10 October 2023.
  2. “Epidemiologists.” 8 September 2022. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Retrieved 10 October 2023.