Molecular and Cellular Biotechnology (MCBT)


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Earn your M.S. in Molecular, Cellular, and Biotechnology to gain enhanced knowledge and specialized skills required to advance your career in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, or biomanufacturing industries. Our students not only enroll in content-rich and skills-based courses but customize their program to fit their interests. The University of New Hampshire's state-of-the-art facilities dedicated to biochemistry, cell culture, and molecular biology, as well as cutting-edge research laboratories provide its students hands-on training in a variety of settings. 

How to Apply

Program Highlights: 

  • Connect with academic and industry professionals to help you advance your career
  • 25+ courses available across the biotechnology spectrum, including related hands-on learning opportunities
  • Complete capstone program training with an industrial biotech/biopharma internship or in an active UNH research laboratory

Program Details

Apply by May 15 for fall admission
Apply by November 1 for spring admission
Location: Durham
Can be completed in one year. 
Programs consists of six to eight courses (30 credit hours)


Recent graduates employed or enrolled in a graduate degree program


Awarded annually in scholarship and financial aid


Projected annual growth rate for regional biotechnology research and development positions

-MassBioEd 2018 Job Trends Forecast

What sets us apart:

With a master’s degree in molecular and cellular biotechnology from UNH, you will enter — or re-enter — the workforce with the knowledge, skills, and industry contacts required to take your career in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, or biomanufacturing industries to the next level. UNH’s professional master’s program in molecular and cellular biotechnology (MCBT) delivers a content-rich, skills-based, customizable curriculum and substantial innovative learning experiences. You will have outstanding opportunities to engage with world-class researchers, develop analytical skills with state-of-the-art instrumentation, and be centrally located in the northeast biotech corridor that extends from Boston to Portland. The program concludes with a training experience in an industrial setting or UNH research lab that will launch students onto the next stage of their career journey.

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State-of-the-Art Facilities

UNH has numerous teaching laboratories and core facilities dedicated to biochemistry, molecular biology, genetics,  cell culture and cell imaging & phenotyping critical for enhancing biotechnology training capacity as well as research laboratories that support university-industry partnerships with the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and medical device sectors in NH and the region. 

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Industry Partnerships

Our industry partnerships with companies like Lonza, Cell Signaling Technologies, Adeptrix, AstraZeneca, ARMI, ElevateBio and Takeda help pave the way for on-site internships and co-op experiences with state-of-the-art instruments and on-site relevant training that could lead to employment following graduation.

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Biotechnology Recruiters

Leading biotechnology companies look to UNH for new hires. Biogen, Boston Children’s Hospital, Bristol-Meyers Squibb, Broad Institute, Cell Signaling Technologies, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, IDEXX, Lonza, Massachusetts General Hospital, NovoNordisk, Pfizer and Takeda are some of the companies that recruit on campus.

  • Hannah Duperry
    Student Spotlight

    Hannah Duperry ’20, ’21G received her bachelor’s degree in neuroscience and behavior with a minor in psychology and her master’s degree in molecular and cellular biotechnology (MCBT) from UNH. The MCBT program is a professional master’s program that requires one year of academic work followed by an internship during the summer. “The program is designed to fast track your career, which is why I chose to do it,” says Hannah.

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