MAS Industrial Life Science Program

Are you a biologist, biochemist, or chemist seeking a career advancement in the life science industry?
A recent science graduate looking to gain a competitive edge in the professional job market?
Re-entering the workforce, looking to refine and redefine your professional and technical skills?
If so, you should consider enrolling in the MWSU MAS Industrial Life Science program.
The Master of Applied Science in Industrial Life Science degree provides students the opportunity to pursue advanced training in biology and chemistry, while simultaneously developing their business and communication skills. The curriculum is characterized as science-plus, combining a rigorous study of biology and chemistry with skills-based coursework in business fundamentals, economics, regulatory affairs, intellectual property, project management, and skills-oriented training in communications, data driven decision making, and working in teams.

Graduates will be prepared for science careers in business, government, and nonprofit organizations, where workforce needs are increasing. They will be able to manage research team breakthroughs, serve in quality assurance roles, and interact with researchers and managers, especially in the marketing, finance, and legal departments.

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Assistantships and scholarships are available on a competitive basis. Contact the program for more information or click here to complete an application.


Admissions Requirements

– Completion of an undergraduate degree in biology, chemistry, or a closely related discipline.
– Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0
– Application essay stating career goals and how this program fits into those goals. This should be sent directly to one of the program directors.
– Two letters of reference, preferably at least one from an academic source. These should be sent directly to one of the program directors.
– Applicants should have experience in the following disciplines: Cell Biology, Organismal Biology, Microbiology, Statistics, Biochemistry, and Quantitative Chemical Analysis.
– Application reviewed and approved by the ILS Graduate Admissions Committee.

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Curriculum (total of 35 credit hours)
Courses are scheduled with the professional in mind and generally meet after 4:30 pm.
Professional Core
MGT 503 Organizational Theory (3)
MKT 605 Marketing Strategy (3)
ECO 607 Managerial Economics (3)
MAT 609 Technical Analysis for Decision Making (3)
MAS 695 Graduate Colloquium (3)
Choose one of the following communications courses:
ENG 540 Writing for Management and Supervision (3)
ETC 600 Technical Communications Theory and Practice (3)
COM 601 Organizational Theory (3)

Industrial Life Science Option Courses
ILS 520 Laboratory Safety and Management (3)
ILS 530 Principles of Quality Assurance (3)
ILS 640 Principles of Industrial Scale-up and Production (3)
ILS 680 Intellectual Property in the Scientific Setting (2)
Science Electives
Chose a minimum of 6 credit hours from the following options:
BIO 510 Molecular Cell Biology (3)
BIO 511 Developmental Biology (3)
BIO 516 Vertebrate Biology (3)
BIO 517 Medical Parasitology (3)
BIO 521 Immunology (3)
BIO 530 Molecular Basis of Disease (3)
BIO 541 Virology (3)
BIO 625 Graduate Internship in Biology (1-3)
CHE 526 Graduate Topics in Chemical Instrumentation (5)
CHE 541 Graduate Topics in Inorganic Chemistry (3)
CHE 545 Advanced Chemical Methods (3)
CHE 570 Graduate Topics in Biochemistry (3)
CHE 575 Graduate Internship in Chemistry (1-3)

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