College of Health Professions


Master of Science


Center City


On Campus


1 - 2 Years

Enrollment Options

Full Time

Contact Information


Name: Scott Gygax, PhD
Position: Vice-Chair & Program Director, Biotechnology
Organization: Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences & Biotechnology

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With an ever-changing and evolving marketplace, adaptability and flexibility are paramount to success. The Jefferson Biotechnology program is designed to provide graduates with the unique ability to adapt and innovate in any research environment and product-driven industry.

Biotechnology is where life sciences and technology converge. A degree in biotechnology opens up numerous employment possibilities since practically every industry utilizes biotechnology. A biotechnology degree fosters creativity, innovation, and adaptability that is applicable to most career choices.

The Biotechnology program is STEM designated. STEM eligibility allows international students on an F-1 student status to apply for an additional 24 months of work authorization after an initial 12-month period of post-completion Optional Practical Training (OPT) in the United States, if they meet the required criteria.

Biotechnology Faculty & Students Created Thousands of Testing Kits During COVID

Biotechnologists use their skills and adaptability to help with the COVID-19 testing effort. Jefferson Biotechnology students and faculty developed and manufactured COVID-19 viral transport media collection tubes that were in extremely short supply at the start of the pandemic, in order to support Jefferson Health's ability to test the community.

Program Options

  • 3+2 BS/MS Dual Degree (East Falls)
  • Combined BS/MS
  • 1-Year MS
  • 2-Year MS
  • 1-Year Advanced MS
  • 2-Year Advanced MS


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Scott Gygax, PhD Vice Chair, Department Medical Laboratory Sciences & Biotechnology
Program Director, Biotechnology BS & MS Program
Assistant Professor