Biotechnology Master's Program | Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
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Biotechnology Program Overview

The Graduate School offers two Biotechnology tracks: : (1) a one-year, non-thesis option which provides a strong foundation of knowledge about core concepts with limited research in a laboratory setting; and (2) a 21-month, research track requiring two semesters of primarily didactic coursework and 12 months of full-time laboratory research. For those with a strong entrepreneurial spirit, we offer an exciting opportunity with our dual MS/MBA program, administered in cooperation with TTU. 

Students in the one-year program complete 30 semester credit hours during the fall, spring, and summer semesters. Didactic coursework includes core courses taken by all students enrolled in the Biotechnology program. One-year students also complete 6 semester credit hours of unpaid research in a TTUHSC research laboratory or an internship during the summer following completion of didactic coursework

For students in the 21-month program, we are proud to offer a competitive salary and tuition, included until graduation for those who choose a TTUHSC lab. Students can also choose internships in industry or at the TTUS Office of Research Commercialization. A wide variety of funded research opportunities are available in our friendly and collaborative environment. In Abilene, faculty members in the Department of Immunotherapeutics and Biotechnology are well-funded researchers who study cancer biology, cancer immunology and immunotherapy, nanoparticle drug delivery, tumor micro-environments, and drug screening. Biotechnology faculty members on the Lubbock campus represent faculty in the basic sciences and clinical departments. As such, they represent a variety of research interests, such as addiction, Alzheimer’s disease, cancer biology and therapeutic developments, diabetes, membrane protein physiology and biophysics, neurobiology and pain research, virology and parasitology, and much more.

What is Biotechnology?

Entrepreneurial science is the trend in both academia and within industry settings, proving the growing demand for biotechnologists. Our program prepares our students for a wealth of professional and academic options, including joining a biotech company, securing an academic or industry technical research position, working at a government agency, taking the patent bar exam, or matriculating into a Ph.D. with an advantage. By choosing biotechnology as a career, students move forward to achieve positions in research and management within the industry, as well as many other exciting and diverse professions. 

Information on our Biotechnology Program

Let us make TTUHSC your academic home for the next step in your career.

Susan Bergeson, Ph.D.

Program Director Biotechnology


Biotechnology Research Assistantship/Internship

Starting June 1st of a Biotechnology student's third semester is a paid research position. Students choose to pursue either a research assistantship in a TTUHSC faculty member's lab or an external internship. These paid positions continue until the time of a student's graduation the following Spring semester. 

Admission Requirements

Requirements for admission are flexible and there are no minimum GPA or test score requirements. All applications are reviewed in a holistic manner, with no single factor determining a student's admission. 

Application Information


Semester Application Open Application Deadline Campus
Fall September 1 June 1 Abilene, Lubbock

How to Apply

Applications must be completed at BioRaider. It is the responsibility of the applicant to make sure that their application is submitted by the application deadline to be considered for admission. Only complete applications can be reviewed for admission. The M.S. in Biotechnology admits on a rolling admissions basis for a limited number of slot per campus each admissions cycle.

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3601 4th Street MS 6206
Lubbock, TX


Abilene Program


Irene La-Beck


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Susan Bergeson

Student Affairs Advocate

Leslie Fowler

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