Value to Prospective Students

Key Considerations

How do you determine the value of a master’s degree?

Over 20 years of experience has shown people ask these key questions:

Will the degree advance my career?
Can the degree expand my professional network and career opportunities?
What time and effort is required?
Does the course schedule allow me to continue working full-time?
Is it competitively priced?

A quality degree in under two years

The M.S. in Biotechnology Program at University of Wisconsin – Madison accommodates the essential needs of busy working professionals seeking to earn their graduate degree while maintaining employment. This purposefully designed professional master’s degree offers convenience, high quality, value, and degree completion in under two years…with your summer off!

A real-world curriculum valued by employers

Employers consider this degree an important professional development resource for talent recruitment and retention, with many companies offering generous tuition reimbursement to their employees. The interdisciplinary curriculum integrates topics in science, business, regulatory policy, and the law to explain how cutting-edge life science discoveries are measured for their potential as new products in commercial biotechnology.

Immediate career impact

Students see an immediate return on their investment with most reporting professional advancement before even graduating.

Convenient in-person learning

Courses are hosted off-campus with free parking and easy access at Madison’s University Research Park and Fitchburg’s BTC Institute. With just seven in-person class sessions per semester held every two weeks, students have the time and flexibility to balance work, school, and their personal life.

Industry and academia paired

Courses are taught by integrated teams of professors from across the UW-Madison in partnership with dozens of biotechnology leaders from private industry who share direct insight to how biotechnology companies function and operate. Classroom learning is complemented with three industry-sited molecular lab courses in diagnostic testing, biomanufacturing, and assay development in drug discovery.

Lasting professional growth

All this is affordably provided to students who begin the program each fall semester and celebrate their graduation just 21-months later, joining an active “Biotech Badgers” alumni base and lifelong professional network.

Benefits to Biotechnology Professionals

Work Full Time & Achieve a Masters

Work full time and achieve a M.S. in Biotechnology in under two years.

Enjoy the collaboration, networking, and personal connections that accompany joining an in-person student cohort of working professionals from diverse fields.

This is an achievable goal. Your peers, faculty and program leaders are with you every step of the way!

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Expand Your Network

More than a degree, you are joining a community of peers, alumni, and faculty that will help you achieve the professional advancement you seek.

Our personalized admission process ensures you have the information you need to determine if this program is the right fit for you.

Whether its questions about admissions or help with a job recommendation five years after graduating, this is an extensive network of industry professionals invested in your continual success.

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Apply Insights Immediately

Learn in the classroom, apply it on the job right away.

Hands-on labs, topical case studies and team projects uniquely prepare you for today’s workforce and career advancement.

Your degree program is a shaped and delivered by world-renowned scholars and dynamic leaders from across the biotech industry.

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Notable Alumni Quotes

Students and alumni took to LinkedIn to promote our recent Program Overview webinar. Here’s what they said:

Katie Meling (Class 2022; former Clinical Laboratory Scientist, Exact Sciences)
“This program has provided so many opportunities for growth. I now have the momentum to drive my own career path and make the decisions I need to be successful.”

Serge Romero (Class 2022; Sr. Program Manager – Product Management and Strategy, Exact Sciences)
“This M.S. program has transformed my career, I would highly recommend.”

Ashley Hallfrisch (Class 2022; Sr. Associate Scientist, Catalent Pharma Solutions)
“This program has been truly transformative for my career! I would highly recommend attending the webinar if you’re interested.”

Vanessa Voris, MS (Class 2020; Nonclincial Medical Writer, MMS)
“I wouldn’t have gotten to my current position without this program.”

Caleigh Rasmusen, MS (Class 2017; Supervisor – Enterprise Sourcing, Exact Sciences)
“I use the skills and knowledge gained throughout this program on a daily basis. It has changed my career path for the better and given me a strong knowledge base to succeed in the Biotech Industry!”

Derek Buhr, MS (Class 2014; Automation Engineer III, NanoString Technologies, Inc.)
“Best in class education that helped take my career to new places I’d only dreamed about!”

Oliver Pentinmaki, MS (Class 2010; Account Executive, Benchling)
“This graduate program was the catalyst for big changes in my career. I attribute a significant part of my success to the skills and network I developed here.”