This joint graduate degree will prepare students for leadership roles in biotechnology, science, and engineering-based companies through a curriculum comprised of courses from the Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry (MB&B) in the School of Biological Sciences, the Department of Biomedical Engineering in The Henry Samueli School of Engineering, and The Paul Merage School of Business. 

Career visioning, ProSeminar training, advising and other resources are available through the Merage School Career Center.

Distinctive Features

  • Advanced training in biotechnology through an 8 unit teaching laboratory
  • Research with a faculty member in the School of Biological Sciences or Department of Biomedical Engineering
  • Intensive on-campus 5-day residential, Responding to Dynamic Times: Thinking Strategically in Business, that involves case analysis, group problem solving, and group presentations as a means of developing the skills and strategies associated with effective managerial action
  • Merage Consulting Projects course: An experiential learning component where student teams, under the guidance of professors, conduct a consulting project with a biotechnology or biological sciences-based company. Teams present innovative solutions to a real strategic challenge faced by the company, and learn business insights from and present their findings to senior management at the organization.
  • Students learn how to develop a formal business plan during either the Entrepreneurship or New Venture Management elective courses.
  • A capstone course addresses a number of management issues in the biotech industry including finance, product development, pharmaceuticals, project management, regulatory affairs and ethics. Biotech industry guest lecturers are invited to speak.
  • ProSeminar course in the first year provides students with information and practical skills for success in the MSBTM program and career planning.

Some Employers of Our Graduates

  • Ambry Genetics
  • Applied Medical
  • ArcherDX
  • BioMarin Pharmaceutical, Inc
  • Bio-Rad Laboratories
  • Deloitte Consulting
  • Fulgent Diagnostics
  • Glidewell Laboratories
  • Hycor Biomedical, Inc
  • Illumina
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Masimo Corporation
  • Phenomenex Inc
  • Teco Diagnostics


Jaidev Jayakumar, Class of 2017

“UCI’s MSBTM program imparts an enriched learning experience in both business and science principles behind successful global firms. The mentoring from the business gurus and globally renowned scientists brought out the best from my biotechnology mind, and enabled my successful transition from an aspiring biotechnologist to landing a full-time position as Healthcare Life Sciences Consultant with Deloitte Advisory LLP."

Jaidev Jayakumar, Class of 2017

Paloma Shah, Class of 2017“I came into this program thinking I would learn a little about the business of Biotechnology and then go back to working in a research lab. However, the program turned out to be an eye-opener for me. Not only did it introduce me to the intricacies of marketing, but also set me up to find my passion in Product Management at Analytik Jena AG.

Paloma Shah, Class of 2017

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Morgan Oldham