Department of Science, Mathematics, and Computer Science

Chairperson: Deanne Dulik Garver, Ph.D.

Program Director: Lisa Antoniacci, Ph.D.

Mission, Philosophy, and Goals

The Science Department’s mission is to produce open-minded professionals with specific knowledge and technical skills that relate to the natural world and to provide an in-depth understanding of scientific advances that affect society. We now live in the post-genome era, where genome sequencing and use of genetic information to cure diseases and improve health is commonplace. Expertise in this broad area is critically important for society, as advances in discovery research routinely cross over into healthcare, pharmaceutical, and chemistry professions. Genomic medicine, DNA sequencing, and bioinformatics continue to be at the crest of cutting-edge research and affect society on many levels; therefore, Marywood University provides a specialized education to those interested in these important fields. Our science graduates are encouraged to utilize their scientific education and talents in a globally responsible manner.

Biotechnology Program

The M.S. Biotechnology program prepares students for careers in a number of fields such as biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, healthcare, chemistry, and environmental science. The curricula blend modern science education with management skills in business and technology. The job market for scientists with this type of training remains strong because companies are looking to hire highly qualified scientific researchers who can serve in managerial positions. Our M.S. Biotechnology degree is ideal for entry-level technical/laboratory researchers or mid-level professionals looking to advance their careers. In addition, many students with an M.S. Biotechnology degree go on to medical, professional, or doctoral schools.

Program Design/Points of Entry (Two Tracks)

The M.S. Biotechnology program is composed of two basic curriculum tracks, depending upon point of entry. Marywood University undergraduates in their junior year can apply for admission into the program and enter our five-year B.S./M.S. curriculum. Applicants who already possess a B.S. or a B.A. in the life sciences can enter the two-year, stand-alone M.S. track. The graduate component is essentially identical for both tracks, and neither track requires a written thesis.

Admissions Requirements

Marywood University undergraduate students: General screening by an admissions committee from the Department of Science for this track typically takes place during year three if the student is a Biotechnology major. If accepted into the five-year program, students will take graduate level Biotechnology courses in their fourth year. Students in good academic standing (Q.P.A. of 3.00 minimum) are candidates for the graduate component in the fourth and fifth year.

Post-Baccalaureate entry

A B.S. or B.A. in an undergraduate major related to the life sciences is required. An undergraduate Q.P.A. of 3.00 or higher is expected. Prerequisite courses for the M.S. Biotechnology include:

  • One year of: General Biology with lab, General Chemistry with lab, Organic Chemistry with lab.
  • One semester of Microbiology with lab.
  • A 200+ level mathematics course (e.g., Calculus)
  • One semester of upper-level biology or chemistry with lab (e.g., Immunology, Genetics, Biochemistry).

A completed application must include:

  • Official, unopened transcripts from all undergraduate institutions attended.
  • A GRE score.
  • Two letters of recommendation from professional references (former professors, work supervisors etc.).
  • A minimum TOEFL score of 81 or a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 (if applicable).
  • An essay (1-2 pages) describing the candidate’s career objectives and how the M.S. Biotechnology degree will assist with such goals.
  • A professional résumé.

To be considered for the program, applicants are required to submit an application for admission at least one semester prior to the planned summer or fall semester start date, along with application fee. Each application is reviewed by the Department of Science Graduate Admissions Committee, and notification of the committee’s decision is communicated by the Marywood University Admissions office.