Get Inspired at the Intersection of Life and Science
Earning a Biotechnology MS at University of Houston-Clear Lake will prepare you for leadership in the vital industries of biotechnology and pharmaceuticals. Strongly interdisciplinary, this innovative program offers an industry focus on a comprehensive exploration of basic science, applied science, and lab science. The biotechnology graduate program at UHCL gives you a solid grounding in biochemistry, molecular biology, cell biology, genomics and proteomics.
The Master of Science program in Biotechnology creates scientists with a thorough understanding of Biology and its related disciplines. Graduates apply fundamental principles of biology to set up and manage products and processes and to refine the techniques and tools used in those processes. Their course of study qualifies them for careers in research and development, teaching, or private industry.
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Our highly qualified faculty grounds its students in the knowledge and practical skills a career in biotechnology demands. Nestled in between Houston and Galveston, the UHCL campus' proximity to world-renowned centers of medicine and biotechnology give our students an advantage to start their career with industry experts. UHCL’s close neighbor, NASA's Johnson Space Center, supports research in biotechnology.
UHCL is the first university in Texas to offer three concentrations in Biotechnology:
Molecular Biotechnology, Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, and Biotechnology
Management and Marketing. As a result, students have a greater opportunity to tailor
their coursework to their precise interests.
Through advances in the areas of genomics, proteomics and biomedical imaging, there is an increased need for highly qualified specialists who possess the skill to analyze biological data and build integrated models of biological systems and use them to create real-world strategies that will help prevent or treat disease. At the University of Houston-Clear Lake, you can earn a Master of Science in Biotechnology with a Specialization in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology to obtain the crucial experience you need to advance your career in modern biomedical research.
Job prospects within this field are rapidly widening, supported by the pharmaceutical and biotech industries who are looking for skilled scientists able to interpret existing genomics data and use it to uncover new drug therapies. This degree from UHCL will put you at the forefront of a growing field in which you'll occupy a key role in expanding the intersection between computation and biology.
Take your Master of Science in Biotechnology to new heights with a Specialization in Biotechnology Management and Marketing at University of Houston-Clear Lake. With this unique focus on the ever-growing field of biotechnology, you will learn the necessary research and development skills for the creation of new products as well as the crucial tools for managing projects in the production of those products and then successfully introducing them to the general public. And this will all take place in a stimulating environment with small class sizes.
This is a great degree program for the student who wants to take a leadership role at their current job without worrying about the traditional MBA. Your courses will discuss key principles in marketing, management and organizational behavior so you can present the findings to willing investors, buyers and companies.. And you'll still spend plenty of time in the laboratory exploring the current trends in the world of biotechnology.
With a Master of Science in Biotechnology with a Specialization in Molecular Biology from University of Houston-Clear Lake, you'll be equipped to compete with the most qualified scientists for highly coveted positions in a rapidly advancing field. Your degree will have applications in nearly all aspects of human life, including plant and animal agriculture, aquaculture, chemical and textile manufacturing, forestry and food processing. You'll complete your coursework in both classroom and laboratory environments, as you study and modify nucleic acids and proteins to find new applications in human and animal health, agriculture and the environment.
Molecular biotechnology is a dynamic field driven by the ability to transfer genetic information between organisms with the goal of understanding key biological processes or innovating new products. Your degree from UHCL will impart the skills and knowledge you'll need to join a company that develops or improves medications, vaccines or diagnostic tests that benefit human and animal health. Significant workforce supply and demand gaps already exist, and your degree from our College of Science and Engineering prepares you to fill the global economy's increasing need for scientists who possess the technical and leadership skills to continue researching, developing and innovating.
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Explore what the future holds for you by attending University of Houston-Clear Lake's
College of Science and Engineering. Find out now what it takes to be admitted.
- Biotechnology M.S.
Standard Graduate Admission Deadline
ApplicationA standard university application is required.
- 3.0 GPA
- GRE Total Score of 290 (140 Verbal + 150 Quantitative)
- GRE Essay of 3.5
- Additional Requirements – Undergraduate degree in Biology or related field
Get ready to calculate the course load for your education at University of Houston-Clear Lake! Learn more about the courses required to succeed here in the College of Science and Engineering.
Deadlines for Applying
- Graduate Deadlines
New Degree Seeking - December 1
Priority* - January 4
Final* and Session Start - January 16
New Degree Seeking - May 1 (Some programs may not apply)
New Degree Seeking - August 1
Priority* - August 13
Final* and Session Start - August 27
*Former/Non-degree seeking/Certificate Graduate Students applicants who apply after the priority deadline can expect to go through late registration. $50 late registration fee will be assessed.
- International Deadlines
Priority – March 1
Final – June 1
Priority – August 1
Final – November 1
Priority – February 1
Final – April 1
Students interested in qualifying for scholarships &/or applying for visas outside the U.S. should apply and submit the application documents/test scores by the priority deadline
Freshman will not be accepted for Summer semester
Accreditations and Distinctions
UHCL's Biotechnology program is the only program in Texas to offer three specializations: Molecular Biotechnology, Management, and Bioinformatics.
- Molecular Biotechnology: work as a scientist in a research lab
- Management: manage a research lab or division
- Bioinformatics: develop or utilize bioinformatics data managements tools