Graduate Degrees

The Golden LEAF Biomanufacturing Training and Education Center (BTEC) offers two graduate degrees: a Master of Science (MS) in Biomanufacturing and a Master of Biomanufacturing (MR). Both are Professional Science Master's (PSM) degrees, which provide advanced education and training in a specific discipline while simultaneously developing business skills highly valued by employers.

The Master of Science in Biomanufacturing is a research-based degree that requires a written thesis in addition to completion of advanced hands-on courses in BTEC's simulated cGMP facility. The Master of Biomanufacturing curriculum combines BTEC's advanced biomanufacturing courses with an increased focus on bioscience-focused MBA courses; a thesis is not required.

Both degrees offer students the choice of upstream (fermentation) or downstream (purification) concentrations to accompany courses in global regulatory affairs, protein characterization techniques, case studies in cGMP manufacturing of influenza vaccine, case studies in monoclonal antibody production, biocatalysis, biomanufacturing research, and an industry internship. Both degrees also include professional skills training in effective oral, electronic, and written communications for both technical and business careers. All MBA courses are taught by faculty from the Jenkins Graduate School of Management, a part of NC State's Poole College of Management.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the master's program, which is referred to as BIOM, requires completion of an undergraduate degree in engineering, life science, or physical sciences, three letters of recommendation, and a statement of career goals. A minimum overall grade point average of 3.0 and GRE scores in the 80th percentile are also required.  Applicants with previous industry experience are strongly encouraged to apply. Students may begin the program in either the fall or spring semester.

Degree Requirements and Schedules

Academic requirements are listed separately for each degree below. In addition, a link to sample schedules is provided.

Master of Biomanufacturing

Students pursuing the Master of Biomanufacturing degree (MR) complete 41 total credit hours. MR students are required to take graduate-level biomanufacturing courses as well as a concentration in either upstream or downstream processes. Because of the increased focus on MBA coursework in the MR degree, students are required to take three MBA courses at the Jenkins Graduate School of Management. Students also have the option of completing a dual MR/MBA degree with a concentration in Biosciences Management. Learn more about the Biosciences Management MBA concentration.

Master of Science 

The Master of Science (MS) degree requires 40 credit hours. Similar to the Master of Biomanufacturing program, the MS curriculum combines interdisciplinary coursework with MBA courses, including project management. However, the MS program provides more experience in bioprocess development research. This familiarizes students with the methods, ideals, and goals of independent investigation, the concepts of quality by design (QbD), and methods used in industry for design of experiments (DoE) to define design space for industrial processes. Because of its emphasis on research, the MS degree requires students to complete four credit hours of industry-focused process research. Student research is mentored by BIOM graduate advisors. Each student is also required to submit a written thesis, which is presented to the student’s BIOM graduate advisory committee.

Sample Schedules

See sample academic schedules for each degree.

Additional Information

The links below provide additional information about BTEC's graduate program and curriculum. To inquire further, contact Chris Smith, graduate programs coordinator, at (919) 513-2195 or chris_smith4@ncsu.edu.