Apr 26, 2018  
USC Catalogue 2016-2017 
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Global Biotechnology (MS)

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The MS in Global Biotechnology program is offered by the Keck School of Medicine. The Global Biotechnology program will combine a unique curriculum and distinctive practical training that exposes students to biotechnology and its specific applications in various fields. Drawing strength from the Keck School of Medicine faculty's education, research, practice expertise, and global connections, this program educates students on approaches used in the academic research, biotechnology, and medical sciences industries in the US and internationally. Students in this program will gain an understanding of the science and technology underlying diseases and interventions, the role of biotechnology in developing new therapies, the regulatory framework that will impact the use of new interventions, and an understanding of the private and public capital that will develop the growing biotechnology and biomedical markets.


Career options for graduates include, but are not limited to:  field applications scientists, research scientists, outcomes research directors, technology licensing officers,  clinical research scientists, analysts, consultants, managers, managing directors, operations directors, director of investment, business development, investor relations, COO, and founders of biotechnology companies, biomedical companies, and other entities that interact with these companies.


Admission requirements include a minimum GPA of 3.3 and an undergraduate major in biological sciences, or at least 6 bioscience courses in the molecular, cellular, genetics and biochemistry topics. All applicants considered for admission will be interviewed (in person or via video conferencing) with program director and/or other faculty.


All applicants are required to have taken the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) General Test, the Dental Admission Test (DAT) or the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). A minimum score of 300 on the GRE, 18 on the DAT or 28 on the MCAT is required. Applicants beneath these standardized test score requirements are asked to consult with program staff for advisement. International Medical Graduates (IMGs) from accredited institutions can submit their USMLE results in lieu of GRE, DAT or MCAT scores. Applicants must also supply three letters of recommendation from evaluators qualified to assess their potential for graduate work. Applicants must supply a completed application for graduate studies including: transcripts from all institutions previously attended, standardized test scores and three letters of recommendation.


The program recommends that students meet with an academic adviser of the program each semester prior to registration.

Satisfactory Academic Progress

A graduate GPA of at least 3.0 is required at all times. Any student whose graduate GPA falls below 3.0 will be placed on academic probation. Students on academic probation who do not raise their GPA to 3.0 after two semesters of written notification of academic probation will be academically disqualified. A minimum of 30 units of graduate level course work is required for graduation. 

Degree Requirements

General requirements include at least 30 units of required courses as follows:

(Note:   Students, who take 15 units of the required core courses, must take two additional units of electives to satisfy the 30 total unit requirements.)

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