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Biotechnology (M.S.)

Basic Degree Information/Description

The Master of Science degree in Biotechnology offers opportunities for rigorous, advanced study and research in biotechnology, in order to prepare students for employment and research in this rapidly advancing and expanding field.  A broad common base of knowledge for biotechnology is provided in the Master's degree by a comprehensive core curriculum that includes key areas in biochemistry, cell and molecular biology and immunology.  Additional coursework is selected from a list of laboratory courses (some required) and approved electives in a broad range of subjects. The opportunity to develop additional technical expertise may also be available through an internship in biotechnology-based companies.

Why pursue an M.S. in Biotechnology at UTSA?

  • Only University in San Antonio offering post-graduate training in Biotechnology.
  • The Biomedical/Biotechnology industry is one of the largest industries in San Antonio
  • Program includes hands-on laboratory training for every student in the program in techniques widely used in academic and biotechnology research labs.

Degree Requirements:

  • The Master of Science degree in Biotechnology will consist of a minimum of 36 semester credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree. Undergraduate courses, general education courses, and prerequisites for graduate courses cannot be counted toward this total. 
  • For a complete list of degree requirements please see the Graduate Catalog.

Admission Prerequisites:

 Required Degree Bachelor's degree with 18 credit hours in field of study or in another appropriate field of study, comparable to the Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at UTSA.
 Other Degree Requirements GPA Requirement: 3.0.

For more specific requirements, please visit the Online Graduate Catalog.

Application Requirements:
 General University Requirements Must meet university wide requirements.
 Application A completed a Graduate School application.
 Transcripts Official transcripts from all institutions attended. All international transcripts must be recorded in English or officially translated to English.
 Resume or Curriculum Vitae Not Required.
 Letters of Recommendation Two letters of recommendation are required.
 Statement of Purpose  Statement of future plans for a career in Biotechnology.
 Test Scores General GRE, not older than five years.
 Evaluation of Foreign Credentials

All applicants including non-U.S. citizens (International), U.S. Citizens, and permanent residents who have earned university-level credit from foreign institutions are required to submit official transcripts along with an evaluation of the transcripts from Foreign Credentials Service of America

  • An approved evaluation requires a detailed course-by-course evaluation. Summaries will not be accepted.
  • Foreign credential evaluations must be received by the application deadline for your application to be processed.
  • Foreign Credentials Service of America in Austin, TX is the only accepted evaluation agency. They can be reached at (512) 459-8429,, or online at
  • If you need a request form, please visit the FCSA website to access the form here.
 International Applicants Must meet international graduate student admission requirements
  • IELTS: Minimum score of 6.5.
  • TOEFL: Minimum scores of 79 or 60 for Internet or paper versions, respectively.
 Other Please see Graduate Catalog for additional admission requirements.

 Career Options Available

Students can use the program as either a stepping stone towards entering a PhD degree program or to provide valuable training to assist in obtaining a job in either the Biomedical or Biotechnology industry.

Research Taking Place in the Biotechnology M.S. Program

  • The Integrative Biology Dept has approximately 50 tenured and tenure track faculty conducting research in a variety of research areas.
  • Several Research Centers are located on the UTSA Campus
  • Faculty conduct research in a wide range of subjects such as neurobiology, molecular microbiology, immunology, developmental biology, botany and stem cell biology.
  • Graduating students have been accepted into Ph.D. programs at Institutes such as the MD Anderson Cancer Center and Carnegie Mellon University.

Contact Information

Graduate Advisor of Record: Valerie Sponsel, Ph.D.
Telephone: (210) 458-5929

Degree Website: 

Degree Catalog Link:

Funding Opportunities
Teaching Assistantships are available.

Course Scheduling and Offerings

  • This program is housed on UTSA’s Main campus.
  • A handful of courses are offered in the evenings but most courses - especially the lab-based courses take place during the day.