FAQ

1. What is an MBEE?

The Master of Biotechnology Enterprise and Entrepreneurship (MBEE) is a unique master’s degree that combines biotechnology and entrepreneurial training into a single academic program.

2. Why was the MBEE developed at Johns Hopkins?

The biotechnology industry is a multidisciplinary field where science, business, and regulation are all interconnected. For example, there are specific regulatory guidelines and laws that dictate the commercialization pathways for biotechnology products. This program was developed to provide a unique educational venue whereby scientists can gain an understanding of the entire biotechnology enterprise and considerations that are unique to the biotechnology industry.

3. How is the MBEE different from an MBA or MS/MBA joint degree?

Unlike most MBA programs, the MBEE is targeted to understanding the business implications that are specific to the biotechnology industry. This program consists of coursework that allows scientists to learn about product development, strategic planning, funding new ventures, creating a biotechnology enterprise, technology transfer and commercialization, managing and leading biotechnology professionals, and more. This degree was created in the Johns Hopkins Krieger School of Arts and Sciences with input from scientific and business leaders.

The MBEE is different from the MS/MBA joint degree because the focused curriculum was designed for students who already have an adequate science background and want to focus on understanding the business implications of a biotechnology organization, specifically. Furthermore, the MBEE curriculum has some flexibility for elective courses and can be completed entirely online.

4. What kinds of job opportunities might be available to MBEE graduates?

This educational program will equip scientists with the tools and knowledge necessary to commercialize their product ideas and/or manage a biotechnology organization. Therefore, we expect that MBEE graduates will be well-suited for a variety of job opportunities, especially management and leadership roles in the biotechnology field.

5. How do I apply to the program?

Once you have reviewed the admissions requirements you can apply online anytime using our online application.

6. Are courses online different from the courses taken in the classroom?

The content covered in the online version of a course is exactly the same as the content in the onsite course. All of our online courses are taught onsite at least twice before they are converted to online delivery to ensure that the same material is covered in both the online and onsite classrooms.

7. Can I still apply if I don’t have all the pre-requisites?

You may apply if you do not have all the pre-requisites. Students without the adequate pre-requisite coursework may be admitted provisionally to take the non-credit course 410.303 Foundations in Bioscience, which is available online.

8. How long do I have to complete the programs?

You have up to five years to complete the program. If you do not register for three semesters, you will be considered inactive and you will need to reapply to the program in order to continue.

9. How much does the program cost?

Students pay by the course. For the current tution rates for Master of Biotechnology Enterprise and Entrepreneurship program please visit this page. For more information visit the AAP tuition and fees page. A technology fee of $150 will be added for each online course for which a student registers.

10. Am I eligible for financial aid?

Any enrolled or accepted student who is a U.S. Citizen, permanent resident or eligible non-citizen may apply. Student must be enrolled at least in two courses or six credits per semester. For frequently asked questions on financial aid go to: http://www.jhu.edu/finaid/part_time_faq.html.

11. Am I required to take the GRE or TOEFL?

The GRE is not required but the admissions committee reserves the right to request a GRE score to evaluate an application. The TOEFL test is required if your undergraduate degree was not completed in the United States. You must have at least a minimum score of 600 on the paper test, 250 on the computer based exam, and 100 on the internet based exam to be considered for admission.

12. Can I transfer from one MS program to another? For instance, may I transfer from the MS in Biotechnology into the MS in Bioinformatics or the MS in Regulatory Science?

Yes, you may transfer. To do so, follow the directions outlined in the “Change of Program Form”. Students are not automatically admitted to the requested program; their documents are reviewed by the appropriate Admissions Committee according to the stipulations of the requested program. If admitted, all relevant coursework completed by the student will be counted toward the new degree.

13. How many courses can I take online?

You may complete the degree requirements for the Master of Biotechnology Enterprise & Entrepreneurship completely online. You may also take a combination of online and onsite courses.

14. Is this program open to International Students?

International students are welcome to apply to the Master of Biotechnology Enterprise & Entrepreneurship program. Students who earned their post-secondary degree(s) outside of the United States must take the TOEFL and have a course-by-course evaluation of their transcripts by service such as the World Education Service (WES). The TOEFL score and WES evaluation should be sent directly to the admissions office. NOTE: To maintain their visa status, students with F-1 visa status may be required to be enrolled in a minimum of three courses each Fall and Spring term, of which only one can be an online course. If you are an international student, we do not recommend planning to take the program onsite as the number of onsite courses is limited. International students should visit the frequently asked questions for international students on the AAP website, http://advanced.jhu.edu/current-students/current-students-resources/international-student-information/.

15. If I have completed one degree from the Center for Biotechnology Education, will any of my coursework count toward this new degree?

You may count up to three courses from a previous master’s from the Center for Biotechnology Education. So you would only have to complete a total of 7 additional courses to earn the new MBEE.

State-specific Information for Online Programs

Note: Students should be aware of state-specific information for online programs. For more information, please contact an admissions representative.