2022-2023 Undergraduate and Graduate Bulletin (with addenda) 
    Jun 22, 2024  
2022-2023 Undergraduate and Graduate Bulletin (with addenda)

Biotechnology, M.S.

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Requirements for the Masters of Science

Students are expected to have an undergraduate degree in a science or engineering discipline and must have taken undergraduate courses in (1) biochemistry and (2) cell and molecular biology, or they may take these classes at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering. The 30-credit curriculum consists of three parts:

  1. Five required courses in biotechnology (15 credits);
  2. Five elective courses in biotechnology and related fields (15 credits); and
  3. Students have the option of choosing two Guided Studies or Projects, involving laboratory or literature work as part of their elective courses (6 of the 15 elective credits).

To meet graduation requirements, students must attain an overall GPA of 3.0 (average of a B) in all their courses.

Required Courses: 15 Credits

The five required courses are listed below:


Subject to advisor’s approval students can also take an elective course and/or do research at other Schools of NYU (up to 9 credits). Typically, Biotechnology students choose NYU Langone Health.

Guided Studies: up to 6 Credits

Students may optionally enroll in up to two Guided Studies courses (one per semester), which involve laboratory or literature work, as arranged with their advisers. Guided Studies courses count as elective courses.

Total: 30 Credits

Sample Study Plan

Here is one example of the courses a typical student might take.

Fall 1 Credits Spring 1 Credits
BT-GY 6023 Biotechnology and Health Care   3 BT-GY 6013 Biotechnology and the Pharmaceutical Industry   3
BT-GY 6083 Advanced Cell and Molecular Biology   3 BT-GY 6043 Biocatalysis in Industry   3
BT-GY 6093 Biomedical Materials & Devices for Human Body Repair   3 BT-GY 6073 Genetic Engineering   3
Fall 2 Credits Spring 2 Credits
BT-GY 6033 Biosensors and Biochips   3 BT-GY Elective 3
BT-GY Elective 3    
BT-GY Elective 3    

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