Master of Science in Applied Biotechnology


The Master of Science in Applied Biotechnology is earned upon the successful completion of 31 credit hours (18 core credits, 9 emphasis credits, 1 pre-capstone credit, and 3 capstone credits).  All courses are three credits unless otherwise noted.  Graduate credits in which a grade lower than a “C” has been earned will not be counted toward a degree in Applied Biotechnology; however, these lower grades will be reflected in the student’s grade point average.

Course Title Credits
Core Courses18
Principles of Biotechnology
Ethics, Safety and Regulatory Environment in Biotechnology
Professional and Technical Communication in Biotechnology
Techniques in Biotechnology
Experimental Design and Analysis in Biotechnology
Leadership in Organizations
Emphasis - Choose one emphasis listed below9
Capstone Courses4
Total Credits31

Quality Assurance and Compliance Emphasis

Course Title Credits
Required Courses
ABT 7350Quality Control and Validation3
ABT 7400Regulatory Practice and Compliance3
ABT 7450Industrial Applications in Regulatory Affairs3
Total Credits9

Business and Management Emphasis

Course Title Credits
Required Courses
ABT 7500Biotechnology Marketing and Entrepreneurship3
ABT 7550Global Operations and Supply Chain Management3
ABT 7600Quality and Project Management3
Total Credits9

Research and Assessment Emphasis

Course Title Credits
Required Courses
ABT 7650Assessing Innovation in Biotechnology3
ABT 7700Product Development3
ABT 7750Tools for Data Analysis3
Total Credits9

Certificate in Applied Bioinformatics

The Certificate in Applied Bioinformatics is being offered through the established collaborative online Master of Science in Applied Biotechnology (MS-ABT). The certificate is a fully online, asynchronous curriculum. The program will serve as both an in-program learning opportunity and additional credential for MS-ABT degree-seeking students as well as a freestanding certificate program for non-degree (certificate-only) seeking students who may or may not elect to continue to the MS degree program.

For admission as a non-degree seeking student, students must meet the MS-ABT program admission requirements. Admission requirements include a Bachelor’s degree and a 3.0 undergraduate GPA. Program prerequisite coursework requirements include General Biology with lab. 

UW-Platteville offers several graduate certificates.  These certificates are distinct from the Master's degree, but credit earned for them might be applied toward the completion of the degree.  To earn a certificate, students must complete all the required courses through the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, under the direction of the University of Wisconsin-Platteville faculty.  Transferred courses or course substitutions are not allowed.

To obtain a graduate certificate, students must:

  • Complete the certificate with a minimum GPA of 3.00
  • Achieve a minimum grade of “C” in each course from the certificate program
  • Request a certificate through their advisor within one year from completion of the final course of the certificate

To earn the certificate, students must complete the following requirements:

Course Title Credits
ABT 7200Experimental Design and Analysis in Biotechnology3
ABT 7300Python for Bioinformatics3
ABT 7800Bioinformatic Inquiry3
ABT 7850Applications of Bioinformatics3
Total Credits12