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Program Details

Program overview for KU Medical Center's 40-credit-hour, non-thesis, interdisciplinary 2-year master's degree in molecular biotechnology.

Prepare for a career in molecular biotechnology settings such as bioscience industry and research laboratories through KU Medical Center's two-year, 40-credit-hour, non-thesis molecular biotechnology master's degree program.

During the first year, students in our interdisciplinary and coordinated program can enroll in courses in IGPBS or other KU School of Medicine classes in addition to their CLS coursework. They will learn from a variety of faculty in the basic sciences.

The research-focused program includes innovative curriculum and opportunities for hands-on experience through interdisciplinary course work and practica performed in multiple biotechnology settings throughout the region, including KU Medical Center, a premier location to study molecular biotechnology. Students can work with their mentor to decide on practicum opportunities.

The breadth of experience students receive in each practica in academic, clinical and industrial lab settings makes the master's degree in biotechnology from KU unique from other programs in the nation. See a list of current practicum sites.

The master's degree program also helps students decide if they will enter the workforce after graduation or if they will pursue another graduate program.

Prior to Enrollment

To participate in the molecular biotechnology master's degree program, you must have earned a baccalaureate degree in a life science (e.g., biochemistry, biology, cell biology, clinical laboratory science, microbiology, molecular biosciences, etc.) and a minimum grade point average of 3.0.

This includes those working towards completion of a baccalaureate degree at the time of application. All degree requirements must be completed before enrolling in the program.

Prerequisite Courses

  • 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)

Through lecture, laboratory courses and practicum-based experience, students will achieve a firm foundation in the principles underlying modern biotechnology and integration of this theoretical understanding with intensive training in a variety of laboratory skills.

Through this course of study, you'll obtain training in the use and application of state-of-the-art methodologies and instrumentation as well as learn critical thinking, troubleshooting and communication skills for advanced careers in molecular biotechnology, in addition to an emphasis on research and development.

For additional details about the program, including policies and procedures, please review the program's student handbook (PDF) and the school's student handbook.

Application Deadline - February 1

Applications may be accepted after the deadline based on available space in the next class. The five-semester program offers a fall semester start, followed by a spring, summer, fall and spring consecutive semesters.


Core courses are taught by interdisciplinary faculty selected from various academic departments at KU Medical Center, including the following departments:

Eric Elsinghorst portraitEric Elsinghorst, Ph.D., MPH, MLS(ASCP)MBCM
Department Chair
Program Director and Graduate Director
Research Associate Professor

Robin Maser portraitRobin Maser, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Hao Zhu portraitHao Zhu, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Advising and Questions

Eric Elsinghorst, Ph.D., MPH, MLS(ASCP)CMMBCM
Program Director and Graduate Director

Advising and campus visits are available Monday-Friday by appointment. Please email for information.

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