The Department of
Biological Sciences is the academic home of UMBC’s
MPS: Biotechnology program, which is administered by the
Department of Continuing and Professional Studies. Unlike
the department’s other graduate programs, the MPS program
is a part-time program designed for professionals working
in the biotechnology industry.
The primary purpose
of the program is to enable these working professionals to
learn about the business side of the industry, while at the
same time providing a strong foundation in the multiple sciences
that underlie the field of biotechnology. Accordingly,
five science courses taken in sequence constitute half of
the courses required for the degree, while three courses
pertaining to the business of biotechnology and two courses
devoted toward understanding bioregulatory issues and good
manufacturing process make up the remainder of the degree
One science course and at least one non-science
course are offered each semester. Currently, the courses
are offered in the following sequence: fall-spring-summer-fall-spring,
such that the degree may be received in less than two years.
Important to the working professional, the courses are all
offered in the evening, usually from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm,
and they are held at UMBC’s
Tech Incubator, a conveniently located facility that houses
several start-up biotechnology companies and where parking
is plentiful, and on the UMBC Campus.
about the program, which recently was recognized as fulfilling
the requirements as a Professional Science Masters (PSM)
program, can be found at: http://www.umbc.edu/biotech .
Also note that a Graduate Certificate in Biotechnology Management
may be earned by taking four of the five non-science courses,
with all of these courses being transferable to the MPS program
should a student in the Certificate program decide to transfer
to the MPS program.