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College : Medicine Degree :MS
Department : Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences Option : Nonthesis
Program Websites : https://med.ucf.edu/biomed/graduate-programs/

TRACK DESCRIPTION

The Professional Science Master's in Biotechnology in the College of Medicine will prepare students with practical training through biotechnology laboratory courses and an internship in a laboratory environment that requires understanding of scientific concepts.

The program is designed for individuals who desire to work in health and science-based professions or government careers, where workforce needs are increasing. Students have the option to obtain a Graduate Certificate in Technology Ventures.

CURRICULUM

Total Credit Hours Required:
42 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor's Degree

The Professional Science Master's (PSM) track in Biotechnology consists of 42 credit hours of graduate courses offered by the Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences in the College of Medicine, including 15 credit hours of required courses and graduate seminar, 9 credit hours of restricted electives, 12 credit hours of professional content courses, and 6 credit hours of an internship as detailed below.

What makes this program unique is the focus on practical training offered to graduate students through biotechnology laboratory courses and internship in a laboratory environment that requires understanding of scientific concepts. The program is designed for individuals who desire to work in health and science-based professions or government careers, where workforce needs are increasing. 

Students have the option to obtain a Graduate Certificate in Technology Ventures.

Required Courses—15 Credit Hours Minimum

Core—13 Credit Hours Minimum

  • IDS 5127 Foundation of Bio-Imaging Science (3 credit hours)
  • BSC 6431 Practice of Biomedical Sciences (3 credit hours)
  • MCB 5722C Methods in Biotechnology (4 credit hours)
  • PCB 5527 Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (3 credit hours) or one of the following:  BSC 5418 Tissue Engineering (3 credit hours), MCB 6417C Microbial Metabolism (3 credit hours), PCB 5025 Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology (3 credit hour)

Graduate Seminar—2 Credit Hours

Students will participate in at least two graduate seminar courses. These seminar courses will prepare students for making professional presentations with emphasis in biotechnology and will involve participation of speakers from the biotechnology industry, with emphasis on an industrial perspective on biotechnology applications and product development.

  • MCB 5314 Industrial Perspectives Seminar (1 credit hour minimum) or MCB 6938 (1 credit hour, 1 semester only)

Elective Courses—9 Credit Hours

Students will select 9 credit hours of restricted electives from the list below.

  • BSC 5418 Tissue Engineering (3 credit hours)
  • BSC 5436 Biomedical Informatics: Structure Analysis (3 credit hours)
  • CHS 6535 Forensic Molecular Biology (3 credit hours)
  • CHS 6535L Forensic Analysis of Biological Materials (3 credit hours)
  • CHS 6536 Forensic Analysis of DNA Data (2 credit hours)
  • GEB 5516 Technological Commercialization (3 credit hours)
  • MCB 5205 Infectious Processes (3 credit hours)
  • MCB 5209 Microbial Stress Response (3 credit hours)
  • MCB 5225 Molecular Biology of Disease (3 credit hours)
  • MCB 5415 Cellular Metabolism (3 credit hours)
  • MCB 5505 Molecular Virology (3 credit hours)
  • MCB 5654 Applied Microbiology (3 credit hours)
  • MCB 5932 Current Topics in Molecular Biology (3 credit hours)
  • MCB 6226 Molecular Diagnostics (3 credit hours)
  • MCB 6417C Microbial Metabolism (3 credit hours)
  • PCB 5236 Tumor Biology (3 credit hours)
  • PCB 5238 Immunobiology (3 credit hours)
  • PCB 5275 Signal Transduction Mechanisms (3 credit hours)
  • PCB 5527 Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (3 credit hours)
  • PCB 5596 Biomedical Informatics: Sequence Analysis (3 credit hours)
  • PCB 5834C Advanced Human Physiology (4 credit hours)
  • PCB 5709C Laboratory Virtual Simulations in Physiology (2 credit hours)
  • PCB 5937 Special Topics: Human Endocrinology (3 credit hours)
  • PCB 6528 Plant Molecular Biology (3 credit hours)
  • PCB 5838 Cellular and Molecular Basis of Brain Functions (3 credit hours)
  • PCB 5265 Stem Cell Biology (3 credit hours)
  • PCB 5025 Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology (3 credit hours)
  • PCB 5815 Molecular Aspects of Obesity, Diabetes and Metabolism (3 credit hours)
  • ZOO 5745C Essentials of Neuroanatomy (4 credit hours)
  • Others: If approved by Graduate Committee 

Professional Courses—12 Credit Hours

Students are required to take 12 credit hours from the following courses to better equip them to administer the business aspects of biotechnology programs and laboratories. 

  • COM 6047 Interpersonal Support in the Workplace (3 credit hours)
  • COM 6145 Organizational Communication (3 credit hours)
  • COM 6046 Interpersonal Communication (3 credit hours)
  • ENC 5237 Writing for the Business Professional (3 credit hours)
  • MAN 6448 Conflict Resolution and Negotiation (3 credit hours)
  • MAN 6305 Human Resources Management (3 credit hours)
  • MAR 6466 Strategic Supply Chain Management (3 credit hours)
  • PAD 6142 Nonprofit Organizations (3 credit hours)
  • PAD 6397 Managing Emergencies and Crises (3 credit hours)
  • GEB 6115 Entrepreneurship (3 credit hours)
  • GEB 5516 Technological Entrepreneurship (3 credit hours) *
  • GEB 6518 Strategic Innovation (3 credit hours) *
  • GEB 6116 Business Plan Formation (3 credit hours) (PR: GEB 6115 or GEB 6518) *
  • Others (Must be approved by Program Coordinator)

Students who successfully complete the three GEB courses designated with an asterisk mark (*) are eligible to receive the 9-credit-hour Graduate Certificate in Technology Ventures. These three courses focus on the successful development of the knowledge and skills needed to commercialize science and technology research. Those students interested in business opportunities enabled by scientific and technological innovations will find the coursework involving intellectual property issues, innovation commercialization processes, technology business strategies and business plan formation invaluable to their success. 

Students desiring to obtain the Graduate Certificate in Technology Ventures must apply for the certificate program prior to enrolling in the third GEB course in order to be awarded the graduate certificate.

Internship— 6 Credit Hours

  • MCB 6946 (6 credit hours)
Internship is a key element of the Biotechnology PSM Program. This program is designed to give students hands-on experience in the Biotechnology industry setting, while making professional connections for the future. There are a variety of internship opportunities for students to be placed with biotechnology companies, state and federal agencies, or nonprofit organizations. Upon the conclusion of the internship, the student must submit a report signed by the Internship Supervisor/Faculty Adviser. Students will take a minimum of six credits of internship to complete their studies in a biotechnology setting. 

Additionally, all students pursuing the Professional Science Master's must enroll in the following course:

  • IDS 5949 Co-op Ed/Work Experience (0 credit hours)

Students must register for IDS 6946 and IDS 5949 simultaneously. Students must complete the course with a satisfactory (S) grade. If the student does not complete the course with a satisfactory grade, the student will be asked to repeat the course to meet program requirements.

Application Requirements

For information on general UCF graduate admissions requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the Admissions section of the Graduate Catalog. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.

In addition to the general UCF graduate application requirements, applicants to this program must provide:

  • One official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university attended.
  • A bachelor's degree in Biological Sciences or related area.
  • Official, competitive GRE score (taken within the last five years) or MCAT score (taken within the last three years).
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • A written statement of research experience, area of interest, and immediate and long-range goals.
  • Resume or CV.

Personal interviews are helpful but not required. Applicants who do not have a competitive GPA or GRE/MCAT may occasionally be accepted if there is other convincing evidence of potential for high achievement and success.

Applicants who hold a BS degree in unrelated fields are expected to have the equivalent of 16 semester hours of credit in the biological sciences including a course in general microbiology, biochemistry or molecular biology or cell biology, plus one year of organic chemistry, one year of physics, basic university mathematics and statistics, and laboratory skills equivalent to the minimum required of our own undergraduates. Minor deficiencies may be remedied after acceptance by enrollment at the first opportunity in an appropriate course.

Application Deadlines

Professional Science Master's *Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
Domestic Applicants Jan 15May 1

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International Applicants Jan 15Jan 15

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International Transfer Applicants Jan 15Jan 15

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*Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date.

FINANCIALS

Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see the College of Graduate Studies Funding website, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The Financial Information section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.

Fellowships

Fellowships are awarded based on academic merit to highly qualified students. They are paid to students through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, based on instructions provided by the College of Graduate Studies. Fellowships are given to support a student’s graduate study and do not have a work obligation. For more information, see UCF Graduate Fellowships, which includes descriptions of university fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship. 


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