Professional Science Master’s in Biotechnology

Student using a microscope in the TWU professional science master’s in biotechnology program.

Earn Your PSM in Biotechnology at TWU

In as little as 12 months and less than $15,000, you can earn your professional science master’s in biotechnology degree and be ready for the next step in your career. We offer a flexible combination of online and evening face-to-face classes.

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Develop or advance your career in the biotechnology industry with our new PSM in Biotechnology. Our program focuses on applied learning in real-world environments, combining the study of biology and business with an industry internship. This degree can be completed in 1 to 2 years with a flexible combination of online and face-to-face evening courses for full-time, part-time or working students.

Why is biotechnology important?

Imagine if we had an effective medication for COVID-19, an available vaccine against SARS-CoV-2, or a reliable antibody detection kit. Would you like to be one of the people developing these drugs, vaccines or assay kits? Or maybe you are interested in marketing, selling or providing technical expertise on these products. Our professional science master’s program will prepare you for a world-changing career in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical or even clinical lab industry.

Visit the COVID-19 Vaccine and Therapeutics Tracker for the latest updates on vaccines and drugs that are currently being tested and developed by biotechnologists around the world.

In the news: TWU Biology provides Denton County with coronavirus testing supplies

What are the benefits of earning my PSM in biotechnology?

  • Advance your career and increase earning potential
    • In 2016, the full-time median salary for a postgraduate (i.e., master's) employee was 25% higher than an undergraduate (US Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • Refine your technical skills
  • Gain in-depth knowledge in the biological sciences
  • Expand your professional network
  • Strengthen your presentation and communication skills
  • Gain business and marketing skills that will lead to more diverse job opportunities

What can I do with my biotechnology degree?

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects job growth in the biotechnology sector to increase at a faster pace than all other careers over the next ten years. TWU is partnering with local biotech companies to create internship and networking opportunities in a variety of areas, including:

  • Research and development
  • Product development and product management
  • Product marketing
  • Technology transfer and intellectual property
  • Design and implementation of regulatory strategies
  • Technical sales
  • Government and public relations
  • Market analysis and feasibility studies
  • Technical service

Why study professional science masters in biotechnology at TWU?

  • Degree completion in as little as 12 months, or 30 credit hours*
  • One of only two biotechnology degrees in the state
  • Flexible online and evening courses for working professionals
  • Hands-on, in-person technical training on our state-of-the-art, industry-standard equipment
  • Advanced training in science and mathematics as well as professional management, marketing and communication skills
  • Prime location near the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex's thriving biotechnology sector
  • Strong industry partnerships, ideal for internship, networking and career opportunities
  • An emphasis on women's leadership in a traditionally male-dominated field
  • Established network of female alumni and professional mentors in the biological sciences
  • We are an affiliated member of the National Professional Science Master's Association

*Individual requirements may vary.

Hear from one of our alumni

Jennie W. Wojtaszek, M.S. headshot

"The most valuable skills I learned at TWU was to think critically, solve problems, develop protocols and troubleshoot issues. Because of this direct knowledge, I was hired by HealthTrackRx to head up the lab when it was just a start-up. I've since tapped into my TWU network and brought in a number of our students and alumni." -Jennie W. Wojtaszek (MS '13)

VP of Laboratory Operations, Chief Toxicologist at HealthTrackRx

Our company and my fellow leaders are excited to be a part of the TWU extended family and we look forward to participating and assisting students to become outstanding leaders and scientists.

Our lab is serving our community and the nation during the COVID-19 pandemic by increasing our capacity to to receive, test and report over 50,000 samples, following EUA-approved protocols to accurately diagnose the COVID-19 pathogen.

Degree details

Admission requirements

Admission Requirements for the P.S.M. in Biotechnology

Program Contact

Stephanie Pierce, Ph.D.
P.S.M. in Biotechnology
Program Director

Application Deadlines

Fall – July 1
Spring – December 1

Admission Requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree in biology or its equivalent.
  • Current resume.
  • You will be asked to provide an email address for an individual familiar with your academic capabilities, and she/he will receive an email request to submit the letter directly into the system. 

Applicants who satisfy the Graduate School’s admission standards are forwarded for review to the departmental admissions committee. This committee is responsible for recommending acceptance into biology graduate programs.

How to Apply

Begin by finding your program in TWU's Program, Majors & Degrees listings to see if your program has additional admission requirements and application deadlines prior to applying.  (This information is for all programs. The application deadline for your specific program will be listed in the Program Requirements.  Use that deadline as it applies below.  (Example: if a program only admits once a year and has a Fall deadline for 2023 of March 1, you would need to be looking to apply to the next deadline for Fall 2024.)

  1. Apply online.
    Apply to Graduate Programs according to the start semester and application portals below:
    • Spring 2024 - All programs apply via ApplyTexas EXCEPT applicants to the College of Business, Child Life, or Child Development master's programs or the Child Development and Early Education PhD program who should apply via the TWU Online Graduate Application Portal.
      • Note: When applying through ApplyTexas, you will need to submit any required Documents directly to the program website.
    • Summer & Fall 2024 - All graduate programs apply via the TWU Online Graduate Application Portal. Required documents will be asked for and uploaded into the application.

  2. Pay the application fee.
    The $50 fee, ($75 fee for International applicants), which applies to all new and returning applicants can be paid by:
    • Credit card - Online through the portal you applied on (either ApplyTexas or TWU's Online Graduate Application).
    • Certified check or money order by mail or electronically - payable to TWU, sent by mail to:
      TWU Admissions Processing, 301 Research Circle, Room 220; Denton, Texas 76204
      (include your full name and ID number).
    • Cash (no personal checks) - Pay at the Bursar's Office. After paying, bring the receipt to Admissions Processing (2nd floor of GRB).
    • Fee Waivers - Graduate applicants who are certified McNair Scholars are eligible for a McNair Scholar application Fee waiver. Submit the request using the Application Fee Waiver Submission Form.

  3. Submit transcripts to TWU.
    • Domestic Applicants must submit official transcripts for each college or university attended, both undergraduate and graduate. See the Information on Transcripts website for more details.
    • International Applicants are now required to provide an evaluation prepared by a NACES or AICE member evaluation service. International transcripts should not be sent directly to TWU.  See the International Admission website for more details.

For more information on graduate admissions or to contact an admissions official, visit the Graduate Admissions website.

Students who wish to apply for a Graduate Assistantship must meet the General Criteria for Appointment of Graduate Assistants.

Next steps

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Meet the faculty

Michael Bergel, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biology
Christopher Brower, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Biology
Heather Conrad-Webb, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biology
Juliet Spencer, Ph.D., Professor and Chair of Biology
Nathaniel Mills, Ph.D., Professor of Biology
• Catalina Pislariu, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Biology

Contact us

For questions about the PSM in biotechnology program, please contact Stephanie Pierce, Ph.D., at 940-898-2797 or

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Page last updated 10:23 AM, September 6, 2023