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Biotechnology studies help prepare students for careers in the management of bioscience firms and organizations. Biotechnology is among six concentrations leading to the Master of Science (M.S.) in Professional Sciences at MTSU. The program is a combination of business and science to offer training to work in leadership roles in scientific companies and agencies. Opportunities with the Biotechnology master’s degree include research science positions in laboratories applying biotechnology to problems in medicine, industry, and agriculture, as well as management positions in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. The program features industry experience in a 250-hour internship that is completed prior to graduation instead of a thesis or comprehensive exams. Coursework includes classes in the specific scientific concentration, along with a business management core. A limited number of graduate assistantships are available.

The Master of Science (M.S.) with a major in Professional Science includes a business core with specific concentrations in Actuarial Sciences, Biostatistics, Biotechnology, Engineering Management, Geosciences, and Health Care Informatics.

The M.S. in Professional Sciences is a new type of two-year degree in the sciences and mathematics to equip people for work in public and private business enterprises and in academia. The goal for this degree, started initially with support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, is to enhance the interface between science and business by emphasizing expertise in both areas.
With the growth of positions in the biotechnology industry in Tennessee and nationwide, the demand for persons with training in both biological science and management is expected to grow significantly. Jobs may be found in agricultural, chemical, environmental and pharmaceutical research and industries. Examples of some occupations with this degree include:

Biomedical engineer
Biotechnology/pharmaceutical sales rep
Biotechnology lab technician
Clinical trials manager
Corporate manager
Crime lab technician
Environmental scientist
Food scientist
Forensic scientist
Marketing executive
Pharmaceutical analyst
Process development specialist
Quality control analyst
Quality control engineer
Regulatory biomanufacturing specialist
Research and development scientist
Research associate
Research facility director
Senior scientist
Technical manager
University/research professor

Employers of MTSU alumni include

Aegis Sciences Corporation
Biogen Idec
Calhoun Community College
Columbia State Community College
East Tennessee State University
Emory University
Encapsula Nanosciences
ESC Lab Sciences
Genetics Associates, Inc.
McGraw-Hill Education
Microbial Discovery Group
Middle Tennessee State University
Novus International
Tennessee Valley Authority
S. Department of Agriculture, Iowa
Vanderbilt University Medical Center





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