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Master’s Degrees in Biotechnology

1,469 Yearly Graduations
$68,400 Median Salary
$40,478 Median Debt
There are 81 schools in the United States where you can get your master's degree in biotech. In recent years, the majority of the students getting degrees in this area were female, and 34% were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 26.5% of biotech graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Biotech Majors

In 2018-2019, 1,469 earned their master's degree in biotech. This makes it the 87th most popular master's degree program in the country.

The following table shows the number of diplomas awarded in biotech at each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Master’s Degree 1,469
Bachelor’s Degree 944
Basic Certificate 861
Associate’s Degree 198
Graduate Certificate 65
Undergraduate Certificate 37
Doctor’s Degree 17

Earnings of Biotech Majors With Master’s Degrees

The median salary for graduates holding a master's degree in biotech is $68,400. However, this can depend on a number of factors, such as where you live and the number of years experience you have.

To get a better picture, earnings for this category of people can range from a low of $61,050 to a high of $72,450.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding a master's degree in biotech is $40,478. The length of time it takes you to graduate and what college you attend can affect this number quite a bit.

The chart below shows the range of accumulated debt loads. On the high side of the range, $51,875 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $36,560.

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Those students who are paying back their debt on a 10-year repayment plan have a median monthly payment of $472.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their master's degree in biotech. About 59.8% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 591
Women 878
Gender Diversity of Master's Degrees in Biotech

The racial-ethnic distribution of biotech master’s degree students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 189
Black or African American 135
Hispanic or Latino 143
White 498
International Students 390
Other Races/Ethnicities 114
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Biotech Master's Degree Students

There are 81 colleges that offer a master’s degree in biotech. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, Maryland
387 Yearly Graduations
61% Women
40% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The most popular school in the United States for biotech students seekinga master's degree is Johns Hopkins University. Roughly 27,000 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $55,350 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $55,350 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 387 master's degrees were handed out to biotech majors at Johns Hopkins. Of these students, 61% were women and 40% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

113 Yearly Graduations
65% Women
50% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 2nd most popular school in the country for biotech majors who are seeking their master's degree is University of Maryland Global Campus. Roughly 58,200 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,200 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,640 per year.

The biotech program at University of Maryland Global Campus awarded 113 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 65% of this group were women, and 50% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#3

Georgetown University

Washington, District of Columbia
55 Yearly Graduations
62% Women
38% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 3rd most popular school in the country for biotech majors who are seeking their master's degree is Georgetown University. Each year, around 19,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $55,440 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $51,336 per year.

The biotech program at Georgetown University awarded 55 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 62% of this group were women, and 38% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#4

University of Alabama at Birmingham

Birmingham, Alabama
49 Yearly Graduations
57% Women
29% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Alabama at Birmingham comes in at #4 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in biotech. Each year, around 22,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $8,568 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,100 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 49 master's degrees were handed out to biotech majors at UAB. About 57% of this group were women, and 29% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

46 Yearly Graduations
57% Women
11% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Northeastern University Professional Advancement Network comes in at #5 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in biotech. Each year, around 11,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $29,298 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $24,933 per year.

The biotech program at Northeastern University Professional Advancement Network awarded 46 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 57% were women and 11% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#6

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
40 Yearly Graduations
52% Women
8% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Pennsylvania is the 6th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in biotech. Each year, around 26,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $51,156 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $36,254 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 40 people received their master's degree in biotech from UPenn. About 52% of this group were women, and 8% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#7

Brown University

Providence, Rhode Island
37 Yearly Graduations
57% Women
38% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 7th most popular school in the country for biotech majors who are seeking their master's degree is Brown University. Roughly 10,300 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $57,112 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $57,112 per year.

The biotech program at Brown University awarded 37 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 38% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 57% were women.

34 Yearly Graduations
76% Women
3% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Illinois at Chicago is the 8th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in biotech. Roughly 32,300 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $11,924 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $13,276 per year.

The biotech program at University of Illinois at Chicago awarded 34 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 76% of this group were women, and 3% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#9

Rush University

Chicago, Illinois
33 Yearly Graduations
58% Women
36% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Rush University comes in at #9 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in biotech. Roughly 2,700 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $29,236 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $37,116 per year.

The biotech program at Rush University awarded 33 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 36% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 58% were women.

#10

Northwestern University

Evanston, Illinois
32 Yearly Graduations
59% Women
41% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 10th most popular school in the country for biotech majors who are seeking their master's degree is Northwestern University. Roughly 22,400 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $56,232 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $56,067 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 32 people received their master's degree in biotech from Northwestern. Around 41% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 59% were women.

32 Yearly Graduations
69% Women

Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico - Ponce is the 10th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in biotech. Roughly 7,100 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $4,920 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $5,580 per year.

The biotech program at Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico - Ponce awarded 32 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 100% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 69% were women.

#12

University of California - Irvine

Irvine, California
30 Yearly Graduations
60% Women
43% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of California - Irvine comes in at #12 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in biotech. Each year, around 36,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $11,442 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,442 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 30 people received their master's degree in biotech from UC Irvine. Around 43% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 60% were women.

29 Yearly Graduations
52% Women
10% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Columbia University in the City of New York is the 13th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in biotech. Roughly 31,400 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $57,763 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $47,600 per year.

The biotech program at Columbia University in the City of New York awarded 29 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 52% of this group were women, and 10% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#14

North Carolina State University

Raleigh, North Carolina
27 Yearly Graduations
48% Women
11% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 14th most popular school in the country for biotech majors who are seeking their master's degree is North Carolina State University. Each year, around 36,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,535 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,095 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 27 people received their master's degree in biotech from NC State. Around 11% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 48% were women.

#14

New York University

New York, New York
27 Yearly Graduations
59% Women
19% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 14th most popular school in the country for biotech majors who are seeking their master's degree is New York University. Roughly 52,800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $50,684 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $33,408 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 27 people received their master's degree in biotech from NYU. Of these students, 59% were women and 19% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#16

Harvard University

Cambridge, Massachusetts
23 Yearly Graduations
39% Women
35% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Harvard University is the 16th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in biotech. Roughly 31,600 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $47,730 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $48,008 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 23 master's degrees were handed out to biotech majors at Harvard. Around 35% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 39% were women.

#16

Florida Institute of Technology

Melbourne, Florida
23 Yearly Graduations
83% Women
4% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Florida Institute of Technology comes in at #16 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in biotech. Roughly 6,000 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $41,720 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $22,338 per year.

The biotech program at Florida Institute of Technology awarded 23 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 4% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 83% were women.

#18

University of Arizona

Tucson, Arizona
22 Yearly Graduations
45% Women
23% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Arizona comes in at #18 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in biotech. Roughly 44,500 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,990 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,938 per year.

The biotech program at University of Arizona awarded 22 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 23% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 45% were women.

#18

Azusa Pacific University

Azusa, California
22 Yearly Graduations
55% Women
55% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Azusa Pacific University comes in at #18 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in biotech. Each year, around 9,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $39,640 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $17,592 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 22 people received their master's degree in biotech from Azusa Pacific. About 55% of this group were women, and 55% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

22 Yearly Graduations
55% Women
18% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

California State University - Channel Islands is the 18th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in biotech. Each year, around 7,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $5,742 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,176 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 22 people received their master's degree in biotech from CSUCI. About 55% of this group were women, and 18% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

Below are some popular majors that are similar to biotech that offer master’s degrees.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
General Biology 6,495
Ecology & Systematics Biology 2,138
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 1,642
Other Biological Sciences 1,462
Biomathematics & Bioinformatics 1,393

References

*The racial-ethnic minority student count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the percentage of racial-ethnic minorities.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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