Biotechnology

Program Overview

The Master of Biotechnology (MBiotech) program is an interdisciplinary and course-based professional degree program offered through the Institute for Management & Innovation at the University of Toronto Mississauga. Offering streams in both Biopharmaceutical and Digital Health Technologies, this full-time, 24-month program incorporates both science and business courses with 8 to 12 months of paid work experience in industry.

Academic experience in the Life Sciences is required for both program streams. However, students come from various academic backgrounds with the common goal of pursuing a career in the biotechnology, digital health, and/or biopharmaceutical industries. The program is designed to meet the evolving needs of students and these global industry sectors, with lecturers stemming from various University of Toronto Faculties and from biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries and governmental agencies. The carefully selected combination of courses, coupled with relevant industry experience and a strong focus on teamwork, provides graduates with a truly interdisciplinary educational experience.


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Application payment deadline MBiotech:

10-Jan-2020 (for May 2020 admission)

MBiotech:

10-Jan-2020 (for May 2020 admission)

Supporting documents deadline MBiotech:

10-Jan-2020

MBiotech:

10-Jan-2020

Minimum admission average MBiotech:

Mid-B in the final two years of study

MBiotech:

Mid-B in the final two years of study

Program length (full-time only) MBiotech:

6 sessions

MBiotech:

6 sessions


​Master of Biotechnology

Program Description

The MBiotech is an interdisciplinary course-based professional degree program. Students come from various science and/or engineering backgrounds with the common goal of pursuing a career in the biotechnology, medical device, and pharmaceutical industries.

The program meets the evolving needs of students and this global industry sector. Lecturers from various University of Toronto Faculties, biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries, and governmental agencies provide a truly interdisciplinary learning experience. Introductory laboratory courses and a year-long work internship round out the broadly based learning environment.

The program is a full-time, course-based master's degree which is launched in May each year.

 

Field: Biopharmaceutical

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Institute for Management & Innovation's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • An appropriate bachelor’s degree from a recognized university in any area of biological sciences, chemistry, engineering, or related field with a minimum mid-B standing in the final two years of study.

  • Applicants who have completed their studies outside of Canada must also submit their Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Subject Test scores and meet the SGS minimum standards for English proficiency.

  • The MBiotech program also evaluates applicants on their letter of intent, CV, three references, and both a science and business interview.

Program Requirements

  • Students must complete 9.0 graduate full-course equivalents (FCEs) over a 24-month period:

    • 4.5​ FCEs MBiotech courses (includes credits for Seminar and Placement)

    • 3.5 FCEs Biopharmaceutical courses

    • 1.0 FCE elective course.

  • An ongoing seminar series led by university, industry, and government specialists links all the participants with the academic, practical, and applied aspects of the program.

Program Length

6 sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: S/F/W/S/F/W)

Time Limit

3 years full-time

 

Required Courses

A general description of each required course is posted on the Biotechnology website.

​BTC 1​6​00H
​Biopartnering I
​BTC 1610H
​Biopartnering II
​BTC 1700H
Molecular Biology Laboratory
​BTC 1710H
Biomaterials and Protein Chemistry Theory
​BTC 1720H
Biomaterials and Protein Chemistry Lab
BTC 1800H
Biotechnology in Medicine
BTC 1810H
Biotechnology and Drug Manufacturing
BTC 1820H
Biotechnology in Agriculture and Natural Products
​BTC 1900Y0
Work Term I​ (Internship)
​BTC 1910Y0
Work Term II​ (Internship)
​BTC 2000H+
Effective Management Practices​
​BTC 2010H
Fundamentals of Managerial Concepts​
BTC 2020H
Society, Organizations, and Technology
​BTC 2030H
​Management of Technological Innovation​

0 Course that may continue over a program. The course is graded when completed.

+ Extended course. For academic reasons, coursework is extended into session following academic session in which course is offered.

Elective Courses

​BT​C 1830H
​​Medical and Scientific Challenges in Marketing Therapeutics
​BTC 1840H
​Patent Law for the Life Sciences
​BTC 1850H
Creating Life Science Products​
BTC 1860H​
Generations of Advanced Medicine: Biologics in Therapy (GAMBiT)​
​BTC 1920Y
Work Term III​
​BTC 2040H
Change Management​
​BTC 2100Y
Topics in Biotechnology​
​BTC 2110H
​Topics in Biotechnology
​BTC 2120H
Topics in Biotechnology​

Other graduate courses approved by Program Directors.

 

Field: Digital Health Technologies

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Institute for Management & Innovation's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • An appropriate bachelor’s degree from a recognized university in any area of biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, epidemiology, psychology, public health, sociology, statistics or related field with a minimum mid-B standing in the final two years of study.

  • A minimum 1.0 credit of university-level statistics (or equivalent) with at least a mid-B standing.

  • Applicants who have completed their studies outside of Canada must also submit their Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Subject Test scores and meet the SGS minimum standards for English proficiency.

  • The MBiotech program also evaluates applicants on their letter of intent, CV, three references and both a science and business interview.

Program Requirements

  • Students must complete 9.0 graduate full-course equivalents (FCEs) over a 24-month period:

    • 4.5​ FCEs MBiotech courses (includes credits for Seminar and Placement)

    • 4.0 FCEs Digital Health Technologies courses

    • 0.5 FCE elective course.

  • An ongoing seminar series led by university, industry, and government specialists links all the participants with the academic, practical, and applied aspects of the program.

Program Length

6 sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: S/F/W/S/F/W)

Time Limit

3 years full-time

 

Required Courses

A general description of each required course is posted on the Biotechnology website.

​BTC 1​6​00H
​Biopartnering I
​BTC 1610H
​Biopartnering II
​BTC 1842H
Medical Device Reimbursement​
​BTC 1859H
Data Science in Health I
​BTC 1877H
Data Science in Health II
BTC 1882H
Digital Ethnography in Health
BTC 1895H
Introduction to IT Consulting
BTC 1899H
Data Science and Digital Health Technologies
​BTC 1900Y0
Work Term I​ (Internship)
​BTC 1910Y0
Work Term II​ (Internship)
​BTC 2000H+
Effective Management Practices​
​BTC 2010H
Fundamentals of Managerial Concepts​
BTC 2030H
Management of Technological Innovation​
MSC 2011H
Special Topics in Biomedical Communications
​MSC 2019H
​Information and Data Visualization in Science and Medicine

0 Course that may continue over a program. The course is graded when completed.

+ Extended course. For academic reasons, coursework is extended into session following academic session in which course is offered.

Elective Courses

​BT​C 1830H
Medical and Scientific Challenges in Marketing Therapeutics
​BTC 1840H
​Patent Law for the Life Sciences
​BTC 1850H
Creating Life Science Products​
BTC 1860H​
Generations of Advanced Medicine: Biologics in Therapy (GAMBiT)​
​BTC 1920Y
Work Term III​
​BTC 2040H
Change Management​
​BTC 2100Y
Topics in Biotechnology​
​BTC 2110H
​Topics in Biotechnology
​BTC 2120H
Topics in Biotechnology​

Other graduate courses approved by Program Directors.

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