Biotechnology M.S.

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.

Become an Industry Leader. Improve the Quality of Life for Everyone.

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.

  Biotechnology M.S. with a Specialization in Bioinformatics/Computational Biology
  Combine Biology with Computer Science to Solve Biomedical Issues

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.
  Biotechnology M.S. with a Specialization in Biotechnology Management and Marketing
  Increasing Your Education Can Make a Difference in the World

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.
  Biotechnology M.S. with a Specialization in Molecular Biotechnology
  A Successful Career Begins with Excellent Training

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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Admission Requirements

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.
  • Admission Deadline

    Standard Graduate Admission Deadline

  • Application
    A standard university application is required.
  • Requirements
    • 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


Degree Requirements

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Deadlines for Applying

  • Graduate Deadlines
  • Spring 2018

    New Degree Seeking - December 1
    Priority* - January 4
    Final* and Session Start - January 16

  • Summer 2018

    New Degree Seeking - May 1 (Some programs may not apply)

  • Fall 2018

    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
  • Fall

    Priority – March 1
    Final  – June 1

  • Spring*

    Priority – August 1
    Final – November 1

  • Summer

    Priority – February 1
    Final – April 1

*The application deadline for Spring 2018 Undergraduate applicants has been extended to December 13, 2017. Students who are in the U.S. and interested in applying for the Spring 2018 semester should contact dumbre@uhcl.edu for the application and application requirements. Students will not be able to apply online for the Spring 2018 semester.

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


Locations

  University of Houston-Clear Lake
 

University of Houston-Clear Lake

2700 Bay Area Blvd
Houston, TX 77058
Phone: 281-283-7600

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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


Biotechnology M.S. Faculty

Martha C. Ariza
Martha Ariza

Martha Ariza

Lecturer in Biotechnology,
Science and Engineering

Contact number: 281-283-3763
Email: Ariza@UHCL.edu
Office: B3321

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Thomas Garcia
Thomas Garcia

Thomas Garcia

Assistant Professor of Biology,
Science and Engineering

Contact number: 281-283-3740
Email: GarciaT@UHCL.edu
Office: B3321

Faculty Bio

W. Ronald Mills
Ronald Mills

W. Ronald Mills

Professor of Biology and Chemistry,
Science and Engineering

Contact number: 281-283-3773
Email: mills@uhcl.edu
Office: B3531-1

Faculty Bio

Russell Minton

Russell L. Minton

Associate Professor of Biology,
Science and Engineering

Contact number: 281-283-3760
Email: Minton@UHCL.edu
Office: B3531

Faculty Bio

Richard Puzdrowski
Richard Puzdrowski

Richard L. Puzdrowski Jr.

Associate Professor of Biology, Biotechnology, Environmental Science and Cooperative Degree Program Advisor ,
Science and Engineering

Contact number: 281-283-3750
Email: puzdrowski@uhcl.edu
Office: B3525- 4

Faculty Bio

M. Bazlur Rashid
Bazlur Rashid

Bazlur Rashid

Associate Professor of Biology and Biotechnology,
Science and Engineering

Contact number: 281-283 3756
Email: rashid@uhcl.edu
Office: 3525-11

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Larry Rohde
Larry Rohde

Larry Rohde

Department Chair of Biological & Environmental Sciences and Associate Professor of Biology and Biotechnology ,
Science and Engineering

Contact number: 281-283-3743
Email: rohde@uhcl.edu
Office: B3525-6

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Lory Z. Santiago-Vazquez
Lory Santiago-Vázquez

Lory Z. Santiago-Vázquez

Program Chair of Biotechnology, Associate Professor of Biology and Biotechnology,
Science and Engineering

Contact number: 281-283-3776
Email: santiago@uhcl.edu
Office: B3525-7

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Brian Stephens
Brian Stephens

Brian Stephens

Associate Professor of Biotechnology and Biology,
Science and Engineering

Contact number: 281-283-3798
Email: Stephensb@UHCL.edu
Office: B3525

Faculty Bio

Carl Zhang
Chunlong Zhang

Chunlong (Carl) Zhang

Program Chair of Environmental Science and Professor of Environmental Science, Environmental Chemistry ,
Science and Engineering

Contact number: 281-283-3746
Email: zhang@uhcl.edu
Office: B3531

Faculty Bio