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  • 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's degree in molecular biotechnology program prepares students for advanced careers in molecular biotechnology-oriented clinical, industrial, and research laboratories. In this two-year (40 credit hour), non-thesis program, students benefit from an innovative curriculum structured to provide broad-based knowledge and hands-on experience through course work and practica performed in biotechnology settings. 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 science, microbiology, molecular biosciences, etc.) prior to enrollment in the program and should have a minimum grade point average 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), and 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.

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

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 .


Faculty and Research Assistant in the LabThe program faculty possess advanced degrees in specializations that are directly associated with molecular biotechnologies and the application of those technologies, and include core and adjunct faculty.

The graduate-level molecular biotechnology program director is Eric Elsinghosrt, Ph.D., and the core instructors are KU faculty members who are primarily responsible for the subject content of the program core courses.

photo of Eric Elsinghorst Eric Elsinghorst, Ph.D., MPH, MLS(ASCP)MBcm
Department Chair
Program Director and Graduate Director
Research Associate Professor
photo of Robin Maser Robin Maser, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
photo of Hao Zhu Hao Zhu, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Affiliated through adjunct appointment in the Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences, the adjunct faculty are investigators who mentor students at practicum sites. The broad-based knowledge and skills of the program faculty are available to our students as they prepare to enter the biotechnology community.

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

Graduates of KU's master's degree program in molecular biotechnology are not required to obtain national certification or state licensure to gain employment in this field.

Last modified: Oct 13, 2020

Prospective Students
The priority deadline to apply to this program is February 1. Applications may be accepted after the deadline based on space available in the next class.

Learn about the program:

Program overview

Eligibility and requirements


How to Apply

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