The Graduate Certificate in Biotechnology is designed for individuals to obtain a strong foundation in basic biotechnology concepts and skills. Students, particularly those who are working in fields other than biotechnology, will acquire competency and learn new practical skills that will enable them to increase productivity and allow for transitions into more biotechnology-related fields.
All Roux Institute programs provide content relevant to the urgent and emerging needs of industry in Maine and the rapidly evolving regional, national, and global economy. Opportunities for experiential learning will be concentrated in Portland, the state of Maine, and the Northeast region. Students are encouraged to pursue co-ops and special virtual Experiential Network projects with the institute’s founding corporate partners, a group of leading employers in Maine.
Duration of Program
- Stackable certificates consist of four or five courses totaling 12 semester hour credits.
- The certificate may serve as a gateway to the Master of Science in Biotechnology program. Individuals who successfully complete a certificate can apply to the Master of Science in Biotechnology program and, if accepted, apply all credits toward the degree program.
- Lab courses are delivered on ground in Portland.
- Industry-aligned faculty have real-world experience.
- The program is delivered through a hybrid model of online and on-site learning.
The multibillion-dollar biotechnology industry is diverse, growing, and filled with opportunity. Individuals with advanced scientific knowledge, intellectual flexibility, drive, and professional skills can pursue paths of innovation with the potential to meet critical healthcare and environmental challenges—and to change lives. The industry’s unparalleled growth is projected to continue in the coming years. The result is an ongoing expansion of career opportunities on every level and in every industry sector, from large pharmaceutical operations to entrepreneurial biotechnology startups.
Scholarships and aid
Estimated Total Tuition
This is based on tuition rates for Academic Year 2019 - 20 and does not include any fees or other expenses. Some courses and labs have tuition rates that may increase or decrease total tuition. Tuition and fees are subject to revision by the president and Board of Trustees at any time.
The Roux Institute is offering generous scholarships in its inaugural year to select applicants through its Resilience Scholarship Program. Employees of the institute’s employer partners are eligible for an Employer Partner Scholarship. And Northeastern alumni receive a Double Husky Scholarship — a tuition discount of 25 percent.Learn more about the Resilience Scholarship Program
Corporate tuition benefits
Many employers subsidize education for their employees. Speak with yours about any tuition benefits your company may offer.
Special military scholarships
For military veterans and servicemembers, a limited number of donor-funded scholarships are available even after all other aid has been awarded to help with commuting costs, childcare, and other costs of living.Learn more about military scholarships
You can apply for federal aid grants and loans through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA.Learn about the FAFSA
- Online application
- Application fee
- Unofficial transcripts for all institutions attended; official transcripts required upon acceptance of admission offer
- Personal statement
- Two letters of recommendation
- Proof of English proficiency for all applicants from one of the following:
- Degree earned or in progress at a U.S. institution
- Degree earned or in progress at an institution where English is the only medium of instruction
- Official exam scores from either the TOEFL iBT, IELTS, or PTE exam
Please note that this program is not available for fall 2020, but will be available starting spring 2021.
Spring 2021 admissions deadline (domestic students only): December 1, 2020.
Graduate Certificate in Biotechnology General Requirements
Courses and their associated credit hours are listed below.
Learning integrated with professional experience is a hallmark of Northeastern and the Roux Institute. Students gain a clear understanding of real-world industry needs in Portland, the state of Maine, and the Northeast—and valued workplace skills like communication and teamwork—through assignments at companies and nonprofit organizations. Students can complete a six-week virtual project relevant to their studies through the university’s Experiential Network (XN) of employers. Or they can apply for four- and six-month, full-time co-op positions. All opportunities enable students to build their resumés, expand their professional networks, and chart a path to in-demand careers.
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