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Watch Video: Eric Elsinghorst, Ph.D., program director, explains the fundamentals of molecular biotechnology and the exciting breakthroughs that await us in the near future. Research in this area – with a boost from graduates of KU's program – will benefit Kansans when the knowledge generated from this field is applied to health care and other areas of the world around us.
KU's Master of Science in Molecular Biotechnology degree program prepares students for advanced careers in molecular biotechnology-oriented clinical, industrial and research laboratories. During the 2-year (40 credit hour) non-thesis program, students obtain training in the use and application of cutting edge methodologies and instrumentation as well as critical thinking, trouble shooting, and communication skills.
The application of these skills to research and development is emphasized. The innovative curriculum is structured to provide broad-based knowledge and hands-on experience through coursework and practica performed in biotechnology settings. Together with state-of-the-art research facilities and excellent faculty, the University of Kansas Medical Center is a premier location to study molecular biotechnology.
Applicants must have earned a baccalaureate degree in a life science (e.g., Biochemistry, Biology, Cell Biology, Clinical Laboratory Sciences, Microbiology, Molecular Biosciences, etc.) prior to enrollment in the program and should have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0. Applicants can be working towards completion of a baccalaureate degree at the time of application, but must have completed their degree requirements before enrolling in the program. Prerequisite courses include: General Chemistry (two semesters); Organic Chemistry lecture and laboratory (at least one semester); Biochemistry (one semester); Genetics (one semester); Cell biology (one semester); Calculus (one semester); Physics (one semester).
The curriculum is structured to provide broad-based knowledge and skills to prepare students for careers in molecular biotechnology settings, such as bioscience industry and research laboratories. This program provides a firm foundation in the principles underlying modern biotechnology, and integrates this theoretical understanding with intensive training in a variety of laboratory skills. This training is accomplished through lecture and laboratory courses as well as practicum-based experience.
By completing this course of study, students obtain training in the use and application of state-of-the-art methodologies and instrumentation as well as critical thinking, trouble shooting, and communication skills for advanced careers in molecular biotechnology. The application of these skills to research and development is emphasized.
The KU master's degree in molecular biotechnology is not subject to accreditation requirements and therefore is not accredited by the National Accreditation Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences .