Texas Tech University

Master's in Biotechnology

Several graduate-level offerings are available at the Center of Biotechnology and Genomics

1. Master of Science in Biotechnology

A multi-disciplinary degree program is designed primarily for students who do not want to pursue a typical academic program. These students might be gap students who want to enhance their graduate credentials on their way to professional degree programs such as medical school, veterinary school, business school and law school.

Students will complete 30 credit hours of coursework

  • 18 credit hours of required core courses including a capstone course
  • 12 credit hours of approved courses throughout the university

This MS program can be completed in One Year

2. Master of Science in Biotechnology with Research Concentration

This is a multidisciplinary program designed as a traditional graduate degree-program. Students pursuing the “Research” MS in Biotechnology are likely to continue their graduate education at the doctoral level or acquire the knowledge and hands-on skills necessary to pursue employment the academic, commercial and government laboratories.

Two options are available within this program

  1. Research Concentration in Life Sciences
  2. Research Concentration in Bioinformatics

Students will complete a total of 38 credits hours of activity

  • 20 credit hours of coursework (required and electives) in the first two semesters
  • 18 credits hours of research leading to an MS thesis, or a research internship in an academic, commercial or government environment

This MS program will require Two Years for completion

3. Biotechnology Certificate Programs

Certificate Courses in Biotechnology and allied subjects are designed to meet the needs of participants seeking short term education to join the workforce in the biotechnology industry or enhance their career prospects with specialized training

At the Center for Biotechnology and Genomics, we currently offer two graduate level certification programs

1. Graduate Certification in Biotechnology

  • Students will complete the 12-credit course requirements (3 core courses + 1 elective)
  • Graduate Certification can be completed in One Semester

2. Online Certificate Program in Bioinformatics and Biostatistics

  • Students will complete a 9-credit hour requirement taking three courses (all online)
    • Bioinformatics: Methodologies and Applications
    • Biostatistics in Nutrition
    • Biocomputing (BioPython and Bioconductor)

Admission Requirements

Students applying for this program should have a Bachelor's degree in in the sciences (Chemistry, Biology, Zoology, Animal Science, etc.). Undergraduate coursework in organic chemistry, biochemistry, molecular biology are necessary for success in CBG's graduate programs.

Students with a GPA above 3.0 and a GRE score above 1100 (Verbal + Quantitative) will be given top consideration into our program. Texas Tech is however, committed to a holistic evaluation of applicants to its graduate programs and students who do not meet these criteria will not be automatically excluded. Prospective students should include three reference letters with the application to the graduate school.

To apply for these programs click the following link: https://www.depts.ttu.edu/gradschool/Programs/psm/AppicationProcess.php

For further information about the Applied Sciences track, please contact J.N Tripathy at Jatindra.N.Tripathy@ttu.edu or call (806) 834-1837.

For Fall; Required Core Courses

  • BTEC 6301 Introduction to Biotechnology
  • BTEC 5338 Methods in Biotechnology
  • BTEC 5322 Bioinformatics: Methodologies and Applications
  • BTEC 5001 Scientific Communication

For Spring; Electives

  • BTEC 5311 Protein Engineering
  • BTEC 5312 Gene Expression Analysis
  • BTEC 5313 Experimental Mass Spectrometry in Biotechnology
  • BTEC 5340 Advanced Instrumentation Techniques in Biotechnology
  • BTEC 5333 Advanced Bioinformatics (Required for Bioinformatics Concentration)
  • NS 5342 Biostatistics in Nutrition (Required for Bioinformatics Concentration)
  • BTEC 5414 Advanced Plant Biotechnology

For Second Year (Research Concentration; One of the following)

  • BTEC 6000 Master's Thesis
  • BTEC 6001 Biotechnology Internship
  • BTEC 6010 Biotechnology Seminar
  • BTEC 7000 Research in Biotechnology

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