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 fields 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 fields. 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.


Quick Facts

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Application payment deadline MBiotech:

7-Jan-2022 (Summer 2022 entry)

 

MBiotech:

7-Jan-2022 (Summer 2022 entry)

 

Supporting documents deadline MBiotech:

7-Jan-2022 (Summer 2022 entry)

MBiotech:

7-Jan-2022 (Summer 2022 entry)

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 a 24-month 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. Faculty and instructors 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 broad-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 9.5 graduate full-course equivalents (FCEs) over a 24-month period:

    • 4.5 FCEs in MBiotech courses (includes credits for Seminar and Work Term Placement)

    • 3.5 FCEs in Biopharmaceutical courses

    • 1.5 FCEs in elective courses.

  • 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.

BTC1600H
Biopartnering I
BTC1610H
Biopartnering II
BTC1700H
Molecular Biology Laboratory
BTC1710H
Biomaterials and Protein Chemistry Theory
BTC1720H
Biomaterials and Protein Chemistry Lab
BTC1800H
Biotechnology in Medicine
BTC1810H
Biotechnology and Drug Manufacturing
BTC1820H
Biotechnology in Agriculture and Natural Products
BTC1900Y0
Work Term I (Internship)
BTC1910Y0
Work Term II (Internship)
BTC2000H+
Effective Management Practices
BTC2010H
Fundamentals of Managerial Concepts
BTC2020H
Society, Organizations, and Technology
BTC2030H
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

BTC1840H
Patent Law for the Life Sciences
BTC1850H
Creating Life Science Products
BTC1860H
Generations of Advanced Medicine: Biologics in Therapy (GAMBiT)
BTC1920Y
Work Term III (Internship)
BTC2040H Change Management
BTC2100Y Thesis Project in Biotechnology
BTC2110H
Topics in Biotechnology
BTC2120H
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 9.5 graduate full-course equivalents (FCEs) over a 24-month period:

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

    • 4.0 FCEs in Digital Health Technologies courses

    • 1.0 FCE in elective courses.

  • 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.

BTC1600H
Biopartnering I
BTC1610H
Biopartnering II
BTC1842H
Medical Device Reimbursement
BTC1859H
Data Science in Health I
BTC1877H
Data Science in Health Part II
(Prerequisite: BTC1859H.)
BTC1882H
Digital Ethnography in Health
BTC1895H
Introduction to IT Consulting and Web Design
BTC1899H
Digital Health Technology
BTC1900Y0
Work Term I (Internship)
BTC1910Y0
Work Term II (Internship)
BTC2000H+
Effective Management Practices
BTC2010H
Fundamentals of Managerial Concepts
BTC2030H
Management of Technological Innovation
MSC2011H
Special Topics in Biomedical Communications
MSC2019H
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

BTC1840H
Patent Law for the Life Sciences
BTC1850H
Creating Life Science Products
BTC1860H
Generations of Advanced Medicine: Biologics in Therapy (GAMBiT)
BTC1889H Deep Learning in Health
(Prerequisites: BTC1859H and BTC1877H or 1.5 credits in statistics [undergraduate or graduate]. 1.0 credit of undergraduate/graduate biology or related discipline. Advanced data science coding in the R language.)
BTC1920Y
Work Term III (Internship)
BTC2110H
Topics in Biotechnology
BTC2040H Change Management
BTC2100Y Thesis Project in Biotechnology
BTC2120H
Topics in Biotechnology

Other graduate courses approved by Program Directors.

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