Graduate Programs
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Molecular Biology & Biochemistry offers three graduate
programs: A multi-disciplinary Ph.D. Thesis program, a Masters of Science in Biotechnology, and a Masters of Science in Biotechnology Management.

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Graduate Studies
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The Department offers graduate study in conjunction with the program in Cellular and Molecular BioSciences. Students admitted into the combined program who select a research advisor in the Department begin following the departmental requirements for the Ph.D. at the beginning of their third year. Participation in an advanced topics seminar series and completion of at least one course per year for three years are expected of all students.
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The Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry also offers two programs leading to a Master of Science Degree.  The Master’s Program in Biotechnology, initiated in 1999, emphasizes coursework and practical training and experimental rationales for solving actual research problems. Students are encouraged to take summer internships in industry during the course of their studies. 

The Master of Science Program in Biotechnology Management (MSBTM), beginning in 2013, is a multidisciplinary program offered jointly with the Paul Merage School of Business and the Department of Biomedical Engineering.  It is a professional program designed to provide essential training in both science and management.  The curriculum emphasizes innovation, and is designed to bridge the gap between the scientific and business sides of the biotechnology industry.  Graduates will have the flexibility to enter the job market as scientists, managers, or both.


Ph.D. Degree in Biological Sciences


The University of California, Irvine offers a multidisciplinary graduate program in Cellular and Molecular BioSciences (CMB). The program provides a unique opportunity for students to choose a research area and dissertation committee from any of six participating departments: Biological Chemistry, Developmental & Cell Biology, Microbiology & Molecular Genetics, Molecular Biology & Biochemistry, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, and Physiology & Biophysics.

This flexible program brings together more than 80 faculty members with diverse research interests and is designed to provide a broad education leading to the Ph.D. degree in Biological Sciences. This joint program increases interactions among the participating departments and facilitates communication and cooperation among members of the various laboratories. All Ph.D. students rotate through participating faculty laboratories during their first year and decide on a thesis advisor before the start of their second year of study.

Faculty research areas include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Cancer Biology
  • Cell Biology
  • Developmental Biology
  • Genetics
  • Immunology and Pathogenesis
  • Mechanisms of Gene Expression
  • Molecular Neurobiology
  • Molecular Physiology and Biophysics
  • Structural Biology/Protein Engineering
  • Virology

For a more complete description of entry requirements, application procedures and admissions information, please go to: Cellular and Molecular BioSciences.

For continuing students and also for prospective students, information is available regarding the course of study leading to the Ph.D. degree below.

• Graduate Student Handbook

Applications for admissions are accepted for Fall quarter only. Please refer to the appropriate graduate program page for specific admissions deadlines and entrance requirements.

If you have general questions regarding the admission process for either the Masters of Science in Biotechnology, or the Masters of Science in Biotechnology Management, or specific questions regarding coursework or departmental faculty research interests, you may contact morgano@uci.edu.

If you have questions regarding the admission process for the doctoral degree in Cellular and Molecular BioSciences, you may contact Renee Frigo at rfrigo@uci.edu.

 


Masters of Science Degree in Biotechnology

The Department of Molecular Biology & Biochemistry also offers a Master of Science degree in Biotechnology. Biotechnology utilizes basic knowledge from the biological sciences, chemistry, and chemical engineering to solve practical problems in the fields of medicine, agriculture and chemical manufacturing.

The program emphasizes formal training and immediate participation in research. First-year students participate in core technical laboratories in protein isolation and characterization, animal and microbial cell culture and recombinant DNA methodology. Students also participate in individual faculty research projects.

Admission is contingent upon the successful completion of a bachelor’s of science degree, or equivalent. Applications are evaluated on the basis of grades, recommendation letters, GRE scores, and other relevant qualifications.

General Areas of Interest

  • Structure and Biosynthesis of Nucleic Acids
  • Structure and Biosynthesis of Proteins
  • Recombinant DNA Technology
  • Protein Isolation and Characterization
  • Animal and Microbial Cell Culture
  • Product Development and Marketing
  • Research

For a more complete description of entry requirements, application procedures and admissions information, please go to: Biotechnology.


Masters of Science Degree in Biotechnology Management

The Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry (MB&B) in the School of Biological Sciences, the Paul Merage School of Business, and the Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME) in the Henry Samueli School of Engineering, have established a Master of Science Program in Biotechnology Management (MSBTM).  This program combines the essential elements of our highly successful Biotechnology Master’s Program with those of several equally successful Master’s of Business Administration Programs. It also capitalizes on a defined area of campus research strength in nanotechnology, tissue engineering and biomedical devices.  Finally, as designed, the program provides advanced training in both biotechnology and business management, thereby allowing graduates the flexibility to pursue careers as scientists, as managers, or as both.

The Biotech Management degree will prepare scientists for leadership roles in biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and biomedical device based companies, through a curriculum comprised of courses in biotechnology, management, and biomedical engineering. Several courses will be delivered collaboratively by faculty members in biological sciences, engineering and management.

Students will receive advanced training in biotechnology through coursework, a teaching laboratory, and two quarters of independent research in a faculty laboratory of their choosing.  They will learn to think as a business manager by solving product development challenges through consulting projects, creating business plans and by exposure to current issues within the biotechnology sector.  Developing quantitative and qualitative skills along with business communication skills will be emphasized. Our students will learn about business from the biotechnology perspective and biotechnology from the business perspective, and will be taught to think about their work through the lens of innovation, a crucial view for their careers.

For a more complete description of entry requirements, application procedures and admissions information, please go to: Biotechnology Management.