Graduate Division

Biotechnology Management MS

Section 1

Overview

The Master of Science in Biotechnology Management (MSBTM) is an interdisciplinary program that trains highly qualified students in both science and business/management. Students take graduate level science courses with MS and PhD students from graduate programs spanning many disciplines. They take their business courses with MBA students from the Merage full-time MBA and Fully Employed MBA programs. The overall goal of the program is to provide graduates with training that will allow them to enter the job market as highly skilled practitioners in science, business, or entrepreneurship, each capable of bridging the gap between the business and scientific sides of the biotechnology industry.

What Sets Us Apart?

Advanced training in biotechnology through graduate-level coursework and an 8-unit teaching laboratory.

A minimum of 2 quarters of research in a faculty laboratory of the student’s choosing (e.g., School of Biological Sciences, School of Medicine, Department of Biomedical Engineering).

Intensive on-campus 4-day residential: “Responding to Dynamic Times: Thinking Strategically in Business”.  This course involves case analysis, group problem solving, and group presentations as a means of developing the skills and strategies associated with effective managerial action.

Merage Consulting Projects course: An experiential learning course where student teams, under the guidance of professors, conduct a consulting project, typically with a biotechnology focus, for a company. Teams identify innovative solutions to a real strategic challenge faced by the company, performing in-depth analysis, applying business principles and presenting their findings to senior management at the organization.

Students learn how to develop a formal business plan during either the Entrepreneurship or New Venture Management elective courses.

A capstone course that addresses a number of management issues in the biotech industry including finance, product development, pharmaceuticals, project management, regulatory affairs and ethics. Biotech industry guest lecturers may be invited to speak.

Extensive career visioning and services: ProSeminar training, advising and other resources are available through the Merage School Career Center

ProSeminar course in the first year provides students with information and practical skills for success in the MSBTM program and career planning.

Quick Facts

Program Type

Professional Master's Program

Normative Time to Degree

2 years

Capstone Type

Capstone Course

Accordion Section

Admissions Requirements

Applications to MSBTM program should be submitted through the Graduate Division, and can be found at: https://apps.grad.uci.edu/ogsa/Prerequisite requirements will be the same as those for the ongoing MS Biotech program, which includes a BA or BS degree in biological sciences or related discipline and several specific elective and laboratory courses. Admission to graduate standing in MB&B is generally accorded to those possessing a B.S. degree in biological sciences or an allied field obtained with an acceptable level of scholarship from an institution of recognized standing. Those seeking admission without the prerequisite scholarship record may, in some cases, undertake remedial work; if completed at the stipulated academic level, they will be considered for admission. Those admitted from an allied field may be required to take supplementary upper-division courses in basic science subjects. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test is not required for any student whose undergraduate GPA is 3.2 or higher, but can be submitted if desired.  Students whose undergraduate GPA is lower than 3.2 must submit official GRE scores.

Foreign students will be required to submit a TOEFL score and occasionally a TSE score. Applicants from India must submit one of the following in order to be eligible for Graduate studies consideration: a continuous 4 year degree from an accredited University, College or Institution or a completed 3 year Bachelor’s accompanied with a completed 2 year Masters. The combination of 3+2 would be the equivalent of the U.S. Bachelor’s. We do not accept a straight 3 year Bachelor’s nor do we accept a 1 year completion of the 2 year Masters in the 3 + 2 combination.

Applicants will be evaluated on their prior academic record and their potential for management and leadership as demonstrated in the submitted application materials (University transcripts, GRE test scores if required, letters of recommendation, applicable work experience, a Statement of Purpose, and an essay). In addition, there will be an interview by admissions counselors from the Paul Merage School of Business.

Financial Support

All MSBTM students receive extensive career guidance and counseling, and financial aid, throughout their two years at UCI.  The amount of financial aid varies and depends upon the student and the available budget each year.

For information on funding opportunities for international graduate students, read more here.

Click here to access the associated nomination and application deadlines for various fellowship opportunities.

Click here for a summary of funding eligibility for UCI graduate students who meet AB540 and/or DACA criteria.

Tuition & Fees

MSBTM Fees 2018-19 Fall 2018 Winter 2019 Spring 2019 Annual
Student Services Fee 376.00 376.00 376.00 1,128.00
Tuition 3,814.00 3,814.00 3,814.00 11,442.00
Professional Degree Supplemental Tuition 4,410.00 4,410.00 4,410.00 13,230.00
Assoc. Grad Students Fee 9.00 9.00 9.00 27.00
Student Center Fee 137.88 137.88 137.87 413.63
Bren Events Center Fee 23.00 23.00 23.00 69.00
Recreation Center Fee 88.00 88.00 88.00 264.00
eTech Fee * 60.00 60.00 60.00 180.00
Document Fee † 80.00 0.00 0.00 80.00
Student Health Insurance 1,348.00 1,347.00 1,347.00 4,042.00
Total California Resident $10,205.88 $10,204.88 $10,204.87 $30,615.63
Nonresident Supplemental Tuition 4,082.00 4,082.00 4,081.00 12,245.00
Professional Degree Supplemental Tuition Differential ‡ -309.00 -309.00 -309.00 -927.00
Total Nonresident $13,978.88 $13,977.88 $13,976.87 $42,013.63

Posted 10 August 2018 at http://reg.uci.edu/fees/2018-2019/biotech.html.

The tuition, fees, and charges posted to your billing statement or account are estimates based on currently approved amounts. These figures may not be final. Actual tuition, fees, and charges are subject to change by the Regents of the University of California and could be affected by increases or reductions in State funding, or other developments. Accordingly, final approved levels (and thus your final balance due) may differ from the amounts shown.

The non-refundable eTech Fee is required of all students and is used to support the maintenance and improvement of existing education technology, and new services and capabilities. The eTech fee is listed separately as the charged amount varies based on the amount of undergraduate units the student is enrolled in and is assessed later in the term than the other fees listed. The fee is $4 per unit of undergraduate lecture course, up to a maximum amount of $60 (or 15 units) per quarter. It will be assessed after the third week of instruction. The $60 eTech Fee included on this chart reflects the maximum possible fee.

† The Document Fee provides lifetime access to official transcripts and academic verifications without a fee for in-person pickup or delivery by USPS. In addition, there is no fee for mailing the initial diploma. Effective Fall 2018, new undergraduate, professional, and graduate students are assessed the one-time document fee. Eligible students are able to use financial aid to cover the Document Fee.

‡ AB 540 students enrolled in a professional degree program shall be charged at the program's resident professional degree fee level, pursuant to Regents' policy and consistent with State law.

Core Faculty

Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry

Christopher C.W. Hughes
cchughes@uci.edu
Regulation of angiogenesis, tissue engineering and microphysiological systems
    
Dana W. Aswad
dwaswad@uci.edu
Regulation of protein function by covalent modification
    
Alexander D. Boiko
aboiko@uci.edu
Molecular and Cell Biology of Tumor Initiation, Stem cell biology, application of neural crest and melanoma models
     
Michael J. Buchmeier
m.buchmeier@uci.edu
Arenaviruses, Coronaviruses, Biology of RNA Viruses, Viral Pathogenesis, Structural Biology of Viruses, Biology of Zoonotic and Emerging Viruses, Biodefense
    
Melanie Cocco
mcocco@uci.edu
NMR spectroscopy, DNA-binding proteins, membrane proteins, cancer
 
Michael G. Cumsky
mgcumsky@uci.edu
Mitochondrial protein import; regulation of gene expression in yeast
    
David A. Fruman
dfruman@uci.edu
Targeting signal transduction pathways in leukemia, lymphoma and autoimmune disease
    
Paul D. Gershon
pgershon@uci.edu
Protein mass spectrometry/systems biology; virus-host systems; virus structure; protein experimental molecular dynamics
    
Charles G. Glabe
cglabe@uci.edu
Amyloid A b peptide in Alzheimer’s pathogenesis; gamete recognition
    
Celia Goulding
celia.goulding@uci.edu
Structural and biochemical studies of molecular assemblies in Mycobacterium tuberculosis
    
Michael T. Green
m.green@uci.edu
Chemical Biology, Inorganic and Organometallic, Physical Chemistry and Chemical Physics, Theoretical and Computational
 
Yilin Hu
yilinh@uci.edu
Bioinorganic Chemistry, Assembly & Function of Metalloproteins
    
Matthew Inlay
minlay@uci.edu
Molecular mechanisms regulating developmental fate decisions in embryonic and adult hematopoietic stem cells in mice and humans
    
Anthony A. James
aajames@uci.edu
Genetic engineering of insect vectors of malaria and dengue
    
Pavan Kadandale
pavan.k@uci.edu
Increasing student learning and retention in Biology
 
Mei Kong
meik1@uci.edu
Nutritional microenvironment in tumor development and drug response, metabolism and epigenetics, protein phosphatase regulation in diabetes and obesity
 
Melissa Lodoen
mlodoen@uci.edu
Host-pathogen interaction, immune evasion, and parasite immunology
    
Ray Luo
ray.luo@ui.edu
Computational biochemistry and molecular biophysics. Intermolecular interactions in proteins and nucleic acids and their applications to drug design.

Maria “Julia” Massimelli
julia.massimelli@uci.edu
Teaching strategies to immerse students in the scientific field (research-labs, grant proposal writing, paper discussions); strategies to advance minority students; gene regulation in microorganisms.
    
Ilhem Messaoudi
imessaou@uci.edu
Viral pathogenesis, host defense, modulation of immunity by nutrition and aging, impact of the microbiome on immunity
 
Naomi Morrissette
nmorriss@uci.edu
Parasitology, cell biology, microtubules and tubulin function, drug resistance, genetic analysis
    
Irene Pedersen
imp@uci.edu
MicroRNA and disease
    
Thomas L. Poulos
poulos@uci.edu
Protein engineering and crystallography
    
Olga Razorenova
olgar@uci.edu
Biology of cancer, including molecular, cellular and genetic basis of the disease
    
Markus Ribbe
mribbe@uci.edu
Assembly & Function of Metalloproteins
    
Brian Sato
bsato@uci.edu
Assessment of best practices that enhance student learning, Regulation of worm capture by a nematophagous fungus
 
    
Donald F. Senear
dfsenear@uci.edu
Interactions of proteins and DNA in transcriptional regulation
 
Andrea J. Tenner
atenner@uci.edu
Complement mediated regulation:  Neuroinflammation, Alzheimer’s disease, Neuroprotection, Autoimmunity
 
Sheryl Tsai
sctsai@uci.edu
Drug design and crystallography of protein complexes
 
Craig Walsh
cwalsh@uci.edu
Signaling in immune homeostasis, tolerance and autoimmunity
    
Katrine Whiteson
Katrine@uci.edu
Host-associated microbial communities in health and disease, polymicrobial interactions, metagenomics, metabolomics

School of Business

Dennis Aigner, Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, Professor Emeritus of Paul Merage School of Business

Alpesh N. Amin, M.D. Northwestern University, Thomas and Mary Cesario Endowed Chair in Medicine and Professor of Medicine; Biomedical Engineering; Paul Merage School of Business; Program in Public Health (hospital medicine, quality/safety, new technologies in healthcare)

Christopher Bauman, Ph.D. University of Illinois at Chicago, Associate Professor of Paul Merage School of Business

David Blake, Ph.D. Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Professor Emeritus of Paul Merage School of Business

Kevin Bradford, Ph.D. University of Florida, Lecturer with Potential for Security of Employment of Paul Merage School of Business (personal setting, sales management, distribution of firearms, marketing practices of guns, gun culture)

Tonya Bradford, Ph.D. Northwestern University, Assistant Professor of Paul Merage School of Business (rituals, market exchange, gift-giving, communities)

Philip Bromiley, Ph.D. Carnegie Mellon University, Professor of Paul Merage School of Business

Nai-Fu Chen, Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles, Professor Emeritus of Paul Merage School of Business

Vidyanand Choudhary, Ph.D. Purdue University, Professor of Paul Merage School of Business

Elizabeth Chuk, Ph.D. University of Washington, Assistant Professor of Paul Merage School of Business (financial reporting, consequences of accounting standards, defined benefit pensions, earnings management)

N. Edward Coulson, Ph.D. University of California, San Diego, Professor of Paul Merage School of Business; Economics

Imran Currim, Ph.D. Stanford University, UCI Chancellor's Professor of Paul Merage School of Business

Sanjeev Dewan, Ph.D. University of Rochester, Professor of Paul Merage School of Business

Joseph DiMento, Ph.D. University of Michigan, Professor of School of Law; Criminology, Law and Society; Paul Merage School of Business; Urban Planning and Public Policy (planning, land use and environmental law, use of social science in policy making, legal control of corporate behavior)

Martha S. Feldman, Ph.D. Stanford University, Roger W. and Janice M. Johnson Chair in Civic Governance and Public Management and Professor of Urban Planning and Public Policy; Paul Merage School of Business; Sociology (organization theory and behavior, stability and change in organizations, decision-making and information processing, public management, qualitative research methods)

Paul Feldstein, Ph.D. University of Chicago, Professor Emeritus of Paul Merage School of Business

Mary Gilly Graham, Ph.D. University of Houston, Professor of Paul Merage School of Business

John Graham, Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, Professor Emeritus of Paul Merage School of Business

Luyi Gui, Ph.D. Georgia Institute of Technology, Assistant Professor of Paul Merage School of Business

Vijay Gurbaxani, Ph.D. University of Rochester, Taco Bell Chair in Information Technology Management and Professor of Paul Merage School of Business; Informatics (economics of information systems management, impact of information technology on organization and market structure)

David Hirshleifer, Ph.D. University of Chicago, Paul Merage Chair in Business Growth and Professor of Paul Merage School of Business; Economics

Siew Hong Teoh Hirshleifer, Ph.D. University of Chicago, Professor of Paul Merage School of Business

Joanna Ho, Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin, Professor of Paul Merage School of Business

Chong Huang, Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania, Assistant Professor of Paul Merage School of Business

Mireille Jacobson, Ph.D. Harvard University, Associate Professor of Paul Merage School of Business; Economics

Philippe Jorion, Ph.D. University of Chicago, Professor of Paul Merage School of Business; Economics

John Joseph, Ph.D. Northwestern University, Associate Professor of Paul Merage School of Business

Lynn Robin Keller, Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles, Professor of Paul Merage School of Business

Sreya Kolay, Ph.D. University of Rochester, Assistant Professor of Paul Merage School of Business

Sharon Koppman, Ph.D. University of Arizona, Assistant Professor of Paul Merage School of Business; Sociology (work and occupations, sociology of culture, creative industries)

Kenneth Kraemer, Ph.D. University of Southern California, Professor Emeritus of Paul Merage School of Business

Loraine Lau, Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles, Associate Professor of Paul Merage School of Business

Ben Lourie, Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles, Assistant Professor of Paul Merage School of Business

Radhika Lunawat, Ph.D. University of Minnesota, Assistant Professor of Paul Merage School of Business; Economics

Newton Margulies, Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles, Professor Emeritus of Paul Merage School of Business

Peter Navarro, Ph.D. Harvard University, Professor Emeritus of Paul Merage School of Business

David Neumark, Ph.D. Harvard University, UCI Chancellor's Professor of Economics; Paul Merage School of Business

Tingting Nian, Ph.D. New York University, Assistant Professor of Paul Merage School of Business

Gerardo Okhuysen, Ph.D. Stanford University, Professor of Paul Merage School of Business

Judith Olson, Ph.D. University of Michigan, Professor Emeritus of Informatics; Paul Merage School of Business; Urban Planning and Public Policy (interactive and collaborative technology, human-computer interaction, computer-supported cooperative work)

Jone Pearce, Ph.D. Yale University, Professor of Paul Merage School of Business

Cornelia Pechmann, Ph.D. Vanderbilt University, Professor of Paul Merage School of Business

Morton Pincus, Ph.D. Washington University, Professor of Paul Merage School of Business

Andrew Policano, Ph.D. Brown University, Professor Emeritus of Paul Merage School of Business; Economics

Judy Rosener, Ph.D. Claremont Graduate University, Senior Lecturer with Security of Employment Emerita of Paul Merage School of Business

Maritza Salazar, Ph.D. New York University, Assistant Professor of Paul Merage School of Business (team science, group dynamics and processes, team-based organizations, global teams, impact of culture on work behavior, international management, management of innovation and learning)

Claudia Schoonhoven, Ph.D. Stanford University, Professor Emerita of Paul Merage School of Business

Christopher Schwarz, Ph.D. University of Massachusetts, Associate Professor of Paul Merage School of Business

Carlton Scott, Ph.D. University of New South Wales, Professor Emeritus of Paul Merage School of Business

Devin Shanthikumar, Ph.D. Stanford University, Assistant Professor of Paul Merage School of Business

Terrence Shevlin, Ph.D. Stanford University, Paul Merage Chair in Business Growth and Professor of Paul Merage School of Business

Kut So, Ph.D. Stanford University, Professor of Paul Merage School of Business

Eric Spangenberg, Ph.D. University of Washington, M.B.A. Portland State University, Dean of The Paul Merage School of Business and Professor of Paul Merage School of Business; Psychology and Social Behavior (sensory cues in the retail environment and the effects of self-prediction on behavior)

Zheng Sun, Ph.D. New York University, Associate Professor of Paul Merage School of Business

Eli Talmor, Ph.D. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Professor Emeritus of Paul Merage School of Business

John Turner, Ph.D. Carnegie Mellon University, Associate Professor of Paul Merage School of Business

Rajeev Tyagi, Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania, Walter B. Gerken Chair in Enterprise and Society and Professor of Paul Merage School of Business

Kerry Vandell, Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Professor Emeritus of Paul Merage School of Business; School of Law; Urban Planning and Public Policy

Alladi Venkatesh, Ph.D. Syracuse University, Professor of Paul Merage School of Business; Informatics (social impacts of information technology, Internet and the New Economy, Smart Home technologies, children and multimedia)

Libby Weber, Ph.D. University of Southern California, Associate Professor of Paul Merage School of Business

Patricia A. Wellmeyer, M.S. California State University, Fullerton, Lecturer with Potential for Security of Employment of Paul Merage School of Business

Margarethe Wiersema, Ph.D. University of Michigan, Professor of Paul Merage School of Business

Mingdi Xin, Ph.D. New York University, Assistant Professor of Paul Merage School of Business

David Yang, Ph.D. Harvard University, Assistant Professor of Paul Merage School of Business

Shuya Yin, Ph.D. University of British Columbia, Associate Professor of Paul Merage School of Business

Maia Young, Ph.D. Stanford University, Assistant Professor of Paul Merage School of Business

Lu Zheng, Ph.D. Yale University, Professor of Paul Merage School of Business

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