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Program Information

Application Procedures for the Biotechnology Master's Program: Click here!

The Professional Science Masters (PSM) is a new kind of degree that prepares graduates for work in active scientific settings, combines technical competencies with workforce skills and leads to careers outside of those normally associated with academia. In 2007, the University of South Florida was the first of 11 currently participating Florida universities to initiate the PSM model in the field of Biotechnology. There are currently 33 PSM programs operating in the state of Florida. The USF PSM program in Biotechnology is designed for students who want to pursue a science-based career degree that will prepare them for advancement into leadership positions in innovation-based companies. The USF PSM program is designed to allow students to engage in advanced training in Biotechnology while developing workplace skills highly valued by employers. Employers find that the cross-training aspects of the USF PSM Biotechnology program produces graduates that deliver a superior return on their investment. The curriculum is designed with input from employers to support present and future professional career opportunities in areas contributing to economic competitiveness and innovation. In addition, the 3-4 semester program emphasizes four elements: 1) in-depth study in Biotechnology; 2) an industry internship; 3) professional development courses intended to emphasize written and oral communication, leadership, business and team-building skills and 4) an industry advisory board. We are currently recruiting highly motivated students. Interested students are encouraged to contact the program director, Dr. David Mitchell, via the email address:

Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools. The Biotechnology Program has also been recognized as a “Professional Science Master’s Program” by the U.S. Council of Graduate Schools.


Fall Semester (14 credits)
GMS 7930 Principles of Molecular Medicine Sec I & II (4 credits)
BSC 6436 Introduction to Biotechnology (3 credits)
BCH 6135C Methods in Molecular Biology (4 credits)
EIN 6106 Technology and Law (3 credits)

Spring Semester (14 credits)

GMS 6847 Translational Biotechnology (3 credits)
GMS 7930 Biotechnology Forum (1 credit)
BSC 6437 Biotechnology and Bioethics (3 credits)
BCH 6886 Fundamentals of Structural Bioinformatics (4 credits)
Elective (3 credits)

Summer Semester (8 credits)
BCH 6943 Biotechnology Internship, (3 credits)
GMS 7930 Python Programming for Bioinformatics (3 credits)
Elective (2 credits)

Admission Requirements

The USF Biotechnology Master's Program is administrated by the School of Biomedical Sciences in the Morsani College of Medicine and will be available for full-time and part-time enrollment, for admission in fall, spring or summer. Applicants must fulfill the following requirements:

  • A Bachelor's degree with minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Prior training in biochemistry, genetics, or molecular biology
  • A minimum GRE test score of at least 1000 (verbal and quantitative), or MCAT 20 pt.
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of purpose, indicating how the Program would suit the student's interests and serve his/her professional goals
  • Complete transcripts of undergraduate work and any previous graduate work
  • A USF Graduate School Application Click here!
    • Application Fee $30
    • GRE School Code: 5828

    International Students

  • Foreign applicants who reside outside the U.S. are required to meet the international application deadline for admission and apply for a visa. An applicant who already resides in the U.S. on a visa may use the application deadline for domestic students.
  • Foreign Language Requirements
  • Bachelor’s Degree Equivalence for International Applicants
  • Course-by-Course evaluated transcripts!
    • The "Course-by-Course" evaluated transcripts serves two roles, first, to put all students on the same grading scale so we can equally assess all applicants, second, to verify that the student received a degree from an regionally accredited institution.

    Application materials should be sent directly to the program (NOT to the Office of Graduate Admissions). Applicants should use the following address:

    University of South Florida
    12901 Bruce B. Downs Blvd, MDC 7
    Tampa, Florida 33612-4799

    While the program is designed to serve students with various backgrounds such as biology, mathematics, computer sciences, some basic training in biochemistry, genetics and programing is strongly recommended.


    Domestic Students
    Internat. Stud. inside/outside US:

    Domestic Students
    Internat. Stud. inside/outside US:

    Domestic Students
    Internat. Stud. inside/outside US:

    June 1
    June 1 / May 1

    October 15
    October 15 /September 15

    March 1
    February 15 / January 15


Admissions and general information, please contact:
Michael Ramsamooj
Academic Services Administrator

Program Director/Advisor:
Dr. David Mitchell 



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