Management Track

Admission Information

  • 5th Year Master’s Program open only to Brown students.
  • Open to students with appropriate backgrounds in biology, biophysics, chemistry, physics, engineering or materials science AND economics, finance.
  • Must meet requirements for undergraduate concentration at Brown.
  • Do not have to take GREs.
  • Must choose a Brown faculty member to be advisor before start of the program.
  • Need two letters of recommendation. One of which needs to be from tentative advisor.
  • Application can be found here. Must select Biotechnology Management Track.

Completion Requirements

  • A minimum of 8 tuition units are required.
  • Must receive a grade of B or better, courses must be taken for a grade rather than credit/no credit.
  • A maximum of 2 advanced level courses can be applied towards the Master’s degree as long as they are not used towards fulfillment of undergraduate concentration. Approval of Program Director required.
  • Must take these four Biotechnology Industry courses
    • BIOL 2020 Biotechnology Science and Industry
    • BIOL 2089 Importance of Intellectual Property in Biotechnology
    • BIOL 2000-level Management Strategies in Biotechnology
    • BIOL 2000-level Commercialization Pathways in Biotechnology
    • Other courses selected from Biotechnology Research Track courses and/or Biotechnology Diseases courses.
    • Program Director endorses the student’s proposed curriculum.


For students doing research and thesis (Sc.M.):

  • No more than two of the required eight courses are to be used for thesis research.
  • Must identify Brown faculty member willing to host student in lab.
  • Student and faculty mentor select Thesis Committee.
  • Submit final thesis, present work as a seminar and pass final oral examination by Thesis Committee.


For students not doing research, non-thesis option (A.M.):

  • Must complete four Biotechnology Industry courses (above) and four other courses selected from Biotechnology Research Track courses and/or Biotechnology Diseases courses
  • Students who elect to fulfill the requirements of a non-thesis degree receive the A.M. degree.