Professional Science Masters in Business Biotechnology: A Successful Track

Dr. David Binninger is an Associate Professor of Biological Sciences and Program Director of the PSM in Business Biotechnology .  Since the start of the program, Dr. Binninger has been working closely with Biological Sciences students to ensure they stay on a successful track.

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What makes the Professional Science Masters in Business Biotechnology successful?

The key to the success of the program is the internships. They are the portal to a job offer. It is an easy and inexpensive way for a potential employer to evaluate whether the student is a good fit for the company. In return, the student has a chance to show the prospective employer their skills and personal traits that are not evident on a resume or transcript.

What is the job placement rate?

Nearly every student receives a job offer during the internship or shortly after graduation. Some do not accept the offer because they go on to medical school, a PhD program or other advanced training. For example, I just received an email from a PSM student who is doing his first internship at Boca Biolistics this semester. He told me that he will have a paid internship for his second required internship in the spring and then he will be hired after graduation next May.

What do you wish students knew about the program?

The acceptance of applicants to the program is very high, students rarely take longer than 2 years to complete the program, students are eligible for a TA just like other masters students, and it is very rare that a student does not finish the program.

Is there anything else that you would like to share?

If a student misses an application deadline, they can take graduate courses as a non-degree seeking student. They should check with the graduate school for the precise limit on transferable credits, but it is likely somewhere between 9-12 credits. They will be responsible for full tuition; however, if it gets the student into the job market a semester sooner, it may be good investment - with the caveat that I cannot guarantee they will get a job offer but the odds are in their favor.

For more information about the PSM in Business Biotechnology program contact Dr. Binninger .