Master of Science in Biotechnology Program, UW-Madison

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Career aspirations fulfilled.

Alumni Success Stories

The M.S. in Biotechnology brings into focus the "big picture" of life science product development and commercialization. The cross-functional knowledge our students gain helps them successfully direct their careers toward positions of greater leadership and responsibility.

Career Impact:
The results of the M.S. in Biotechnology are real and lasting.

Ninety percent of students cite a "significant or considerable" impact on their careers even before they graduate.

After graduation, participants advance quickly in their careers—most notably in product development and technological entrepreneurship.

Types of Positions Held by Alumni Common Themes

Product or Group Leader
Licensing Director
Director of Manufacturing
Patent Attorney
R&D Scientist
Business Development
Entrepreneur
Chief Operating Officer
Sales/Sales Manager

Skills, Experience and Career Chart

Leadership
Product Management
Program Management
Market Analysis
Entrepreneurship
Technology Transfer
Business Development

Class of 2018 Schedule

Fall 2016 | Spring 2017
Fall 2017 | Spring 2018

Class of 2019 Schedule

Fall 2017 | Spring 2018
Fall 2018 | Spring 2019

Class of 2020 Schedule

Fall 2018 | Spring 2018
Fall 2019 | Spring 2020

At a Glance:
The Curriculum
Infographic for Curriculum

Featured Alumni Videos

Career Advancement

Amy Hendricksen, Class of 2010

Amy Hendricksen, Class of 2010
Marketing Manager, Bio-Plex Systems
Bio-Rad (San Francisco, CA)

Having worked as a technician, lab manager, and customer services representative, Amy entered the program was to further her career in the field of biotechnology.

During her time in the program, she was hired by Promega to lead the growth and development of one of their primary assay product lines. In 2014, Hendricksen relocated to San Francisco, California to work for Bio-Rad Laboratories.

Interdisciplinary Education

Keerthna Prakash, Class of 2012

Keerthna Prakash, Class of 2012
Business Analyst - Life Sciences Division
Deloitte

Originally trained as an engineer, Keerthna's first job after college was with Genentech. Inspired by the field of biotechnology, she recognized the need expand her professional skills and education to propel her career.

The Program captured her interest since it not only focuses on scientific concepts, but the cross-functional attributes such as business and ethics. Shortly upon graduation, she was hired by Deloitte Consulting in their new Life Sciences division because of her unique, broad set of skills.

Why Wisconsin?

Jason Milsna, Class of 2012

Jason Mlsna, Class of 2012
Regional Sales Manager
GlaxoSmithKline

Jason Mlsna (B.S., Agricultural Business Management, UW-Madison) joined the MS in Biotechnology Program in hopes to have the opportunity to directly apply his business and sales experience to an expanded role with a biotechnology company.

His longer term desire is to apply what he has learned from this program to worldwide development, application and commercialization of biotechnological agents and pharmaceuticals.

Featured Alumni Case Studies

Catherine Reville, Class of 2015

"I wanted to understand how biotechnology companies make decisions."

Catherine Reville, Class of 2015
Consultant - Life Sciences Division
Deloitte

Tanesha Norris, Class of 2015

"The confidence that I built has fostered accelerated growth in my career."

Tanesha Norris, Class of 2015
Senior Global Project Manager
Roche NimbleGen

Darcia Schweitzer, Class of 2016

"I was a science teacher interested in a career change."

Darcia Schweitzer, Class of 2016
Science Writer
Promega

Chuck Dokken, Class of 2009

"I knew I was capable of more."

Chuck Dokken, Class of 2009
Director - Global Strategic Accounts
Cynvenio Biosystems

Kim Hartz, Class of 2010

"I'm better at evolving with the biotech industry."

Kim Hartz, Class of 2010
Founder, CEO
Hartz Consulting

Gabe Gross, Class of 2004

"Where there are breakthroughs in science, there are legal concerns."

Gabe Gross, Class of 2004
Business Trial Attorney and Partner
Latham & Watkins

Ryan Liermann, Class of 2005

"I learned firsthand the ins and outs of biotech management."

Ryan Liermann, Class of 2005
R&D Portfolio Manager & Process Admin
Hospira, Inc.

Scott Yoder, Class of 2005

"I wanted to understand how a biotechnology company operates and makes decisions."

Scott Yoder, Class of 2005
Associate Director
Takeda Pharmaceuticals International, Inc.

Linda Miller, Class of 2005

"I wanted to realize my full career potential."

Linda Miller, Class of 2005
Senior Manager, Manufacturing
Luminex Corporation

Michael Matter, Class of 2016

"This program allow me to shape my career's future into what I wanted it to be."

Michael Matter, Class of 2016
Senior Research Associate
Exact Sciences Corporation

Matthew Brieger, Class of 2016

"I was interested in pursuing management opportunities."

Matthew Brieger, Class of 2016
Project Manager
Regis Technologies, Inc.

Sridevi Kameswaran, Class 2011

"Biotechnology is the future—and I'm prepared for it."

Sridevi Kameswaran, Class of 2011
Pharmacist
Walmart

Ryan Liermann, Class of 2005

"Having a science degree did not mean I was restricted to being a bench scientist."

Heather Gerard, Class of 2006
Intellectual Property Manager
Promega Corporation

Tori Sampsell, Class of 2005

"I feel confident in my abilities to translate innovation and discovery into quality of life."

Tori Sampsell, Class of 2005
Vice President of Product Management
Cellara

Mike Bragin, Class of 2005

"Business, science and finance. It all came together for me."

Mike Bragin, Class of 2005
Manager, Global Forecasting
Stiefel, a GSK company

Ahmed Osmon, Class of 2010

"I needed a degree in line with today's changing pharmaceutical industry."

Ahmed Osman, Class of 2010
Executive Team Lead - Pharmacy
Target Corporation

Jennifer Fronczak, Class of 2004

"I didn't want to spend years getting a narrowly focused Ph.D."

Jennifer Fronczak, Class of 2004
Product Manager
Lucigen Corporation