Master of Business Administration (MBA) Track

For students specifically interested in the business administration aspects of the biotechnology industry, and who plan to pursue the MBA option:

Core topics for this track include concepts of--

  • Bioscience management
  • Project management
  • Technology development and evaluation

The recommended plan of work for the MBA track (41-43 credit hours):

Fall Semester 1:

MB 585 - Industry Case Studies in Microbial Biotechnology (required; 3 credits)

MB 714 - Microbial Metabolic Regulation (core course; 3 credits)

BIT 510 - Core Techniques in Molecular and Cellular Biology (required; 4 credits; offered fall and spring) OR BEC 540 - Expression Systems in Biomanufacturing I (3 credits)**

**IN-COMING STUDENTS MAY BE ABLE TO OPT OUT OF THIS REQUIREMENT if sufficient evidence is provided and indicates, at least, basic experience and understanding of technologies including recombinant DNA procedures, gene expression, isolation and identification of nucleic acids and proteins. Sufficient evidence may include a letter from current or former supervisors and/or professors attesting that the applicant possesses at least basic understanding of and experience with the aforementioned technologies. Applicants with doctoral training in a related area may opt out of BIT 510 OR BEC 540, with MMB Director or Coordinator approval. 

Spring Semester 1:

MB 585 (required; 3 credits)

MBA 585 - Current Topics in Biosciences Management (required; 3 credits)

One of the following MB core courses: MB 535 - Bacterial Pathogenesis (3 credits; offered spring only); MB 751 - Immunology (3 credits; offered spring only); MB 758 - Microbial Genetics and Genomics (3 credits; offered spring only)

Summer semester 1:

Summer internship (students will register credits for the internship during the second fall semester)

Fall Semester 2:

MB 585 (required; 3 credits)

MB 620 (summer internship; 3 credits)

One of the following: MBA 576 - Technology Evaluation and Commercialization Concepts (4 credits; offered fall only); MBA 586 - Legal and Marketing Dynamics in Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology (recommended; 3 credits; offered fall only)

Two BIT or BEC courses (2 credits each; 4 credits total; see recommended course listing below)

Spring Semester 2:

MB 590 - Topical Problems (required; 3 credits)

One of the following: MBA 554 - Project Management (3 credits); MBA 577 - Technology Evaluation and Strategy (recommended; 4 credits; offered spring only; MBA 576 is a pre-requisite)

MBA 590 - Special Topics in Business Management: Bioscience Practicum (3 credits; can be used to fulfill one science elective course - MBA track only)

 

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS: 41-43


Recommended elective courses (click on the link for each section to see individual course descriptions)

Biotechnology (BIT) courses:

BIT 501 - Ethical Issues in Biotechnology (1 credit; offered spring only)

BIT 574 - Plant Genetic Engineering (2 credits; offered fall only)

 

Biomanufacturing Training and Education Center (BEC) courses:

BEC 575 - Global Regulatory Affairs for Medical Products (3 credits; offered fall and spring) 

BEC 577 - Advanced Biomanufacturing and Biocatalysis (3 credits; offered spring only)

 

Genetics (GN) courses:

GN 513 - Advanced Genetics (3 credits; offered fall and spring)

GN 521 - Molecular Genetics (3 credits; offered fall and spring)

GN 701 - Molecular Genetics (3 credits; offered fall only)

GN 730 - Functional Genetics and Physiology (3 credits; offered spring only - alternate years)

GN 735 - Functional Genomics (3 credits; offered spring only; prerequisite: GN 701)

 

Master of Business Administration (MBA) courses:

MBA 554 - Project Management (3 credit hours; offered fall and spring)

MBA 563 - Product and Brand Management (3 credits; offered in spring only)

MBA 570 - Managing the Growth Venture (4 credits; offered spring only)

MBA 576 - Technology Evaluation and Commercialization Concepts (4 credits; offered fall only)

MBA 577 - Technology Evaluation and Strategy (4 credits; offered spring only; MBA 576 is a pre-requisite)

MBA 586 - Legal and Marketing Dynamics in Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology (3 credits; offered in fall only)

MBA 590 - Special Topics in Business Management (3 credits)

 

Statistics (ST) courses:

ST 513 - Statistics for Management I (3 credits; offered fall only)