Management Track


The management track provides students with in-depth knowledge of how the science behind biotechnology becomes real-world products. Throughout this track, students will acquire a comprehensive overview of key concepts and steps essential for the development and commercialization of cutting-edge technology and scientific breakthroughs. Topics covered include the intricacies of drugs, biologics, medical devices, diagnostics, and wearables, managerial decision-making within the pharmaceutical and biotech sectors, and the fundamentals of intellectual property. 

Admission Information

  • Open to students with appropriate backgrounds in biology, biophysics, chemistry, physics, engineering, materials science, economics, or finance.
  • Do not have to take GREs.
  • Need to complete Biotechnology ScM or AM application and indicate interest in the personal statement.

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 (5th Year Students only). 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 2528 Innovation and Commercialization in Medical Devices, Diagnostics, and Wearables
    • BIOL 2018 Management Strategies 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.