Master of Arts in Islamic Religious Studies (MAIRS)

Teaching Arabic in the Global Era

School of Science and Engineering


Master of Science in Biotechnology (MSB)

 The objective of this program is to equip students and professionals with a background in biological sciences, with an emphasis on the most recent methodologies and techniques in biotechnology and related sciences. The requisite practical training in functional genomics, microbial biotechnology and recombinant protein synthesis will prepare them to work in different biotechnology sectors including pharmaceuticals development, biomedical processing, crop and livestock improvements, and food industries in the context of entrepreneurship and commercialization.

 This professional master’s program is designed to provide students with an appreciation of the breadth of biotechnology’s commercial potential. The different courses students take, the considerable hands-on experience they gain during their training, the team work spirit they develop, and their close interactions with professors, researchers, and experts from the biotech industry enable them to become autonomous and capable of leading production, development, and research projects.


The main goals of the program are:

• To provide graduate education to qualified students in order to prepare them for a career in biotechnology and related fields.

• To offer a firm grounding in the science of biotechnology.

• To provide an introduction to the management of biotechnological corporate elements.


MSB Degree Requirements

In order to earn an MSB degree, a student must:

1. Fulfill the core and minor courses, in addition to any undergraduate prerequisite courses that may be needed.

2. Complete and defend the Master Project (BTC 5343 3 SCH).

3. Have an overall GPA of at least 3.00.

4. Earn a grade of B- or better in all courses counting toward the MSB.


Foundation Courses

 Students whose background does not include the specific requirements for the graduate program may need to take undergraduate foundation courses prior to accessing regular graduate courses. These may be offered in the form of independent study during the Summer. These may include BIO 3301 Bio-Organic Chemistry and BIO 4301/Bioscience for Regulatory Affairs.


MSB Course Requirements

 The Master of Science in Biotechnology draws from the health sciences and engineering. Students have the option of following one of two tracks: 1) Production and Development in Biotechnology and 2) Biomedical Biotechnology. Production and Development in Biotechnology focuses on genomics, proteomics, drug discovery pathways, and agricultural biotechnology. Biomedical Biotechnology is concerned with the basic and clinical sciences relevant to the advancement of human health.

 Students are required to complete 31-32 SCH in graduate level courses over a two-year period; 27 SCH, including 18 core credits and 10-11 credits for a minor, and 3 SCH of project.


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See AUI Catalog (2015-2017) for further details: (P 334-336)