About the Master of Biotechnology Program
The program deepens your scientific training and gives you business skills, preparing you for a fulfilling career in Canada or internationally. You’ll be qualified to work in sectors including agribusiness and food industries, plant biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, health management and environmental management and research.
First semester includes courses in molecular approaches to biotechnology as well as commercializing innovations, pairing you with a faculty supervisor. In second semester you’ll write and present your research proposal, and in third semester you’ll work on your research project. You may choose to extend your project to a fourth semester — supported by a stipend.
The full-spectrum training you receive in this course-based Master's program draws on the expertise of two University of Guelph departments:
Department of Molecular & Cellular Biology
Our 40 faculty members direct multidisciplinary research programs that address novel biological questions on molecular and cellular scales. Part of the College of Biological Science, the Department provides a stimulating, challenging environment for graduate students. Here are just a few examples of the groundbreaking research being led by our professors:
- Using molecular genetic, biochemical and genomic information to solve fundamental problems in plant biology and to improve crop performance
- Delving deep into the array of compounds made by plants and their underlying molecular and biochemical biosynthetic bases
- Taking a multidisciplinary approach to the study of bacterial processes
- Using high-resolution imaging techniques alongside biochemical analysis to model, understand and treat neurodegenerative diseases with stem cell technology
Department of Management
Our Department, part of the College of Business and Economics, develops leadership skills through engaging teaching and research — understanding that success requires a strategic outlook, entrepreneurial attitude, global perspective and commitment to sustainability. Our faulty-led biotechnology-related research projects include:
- Research into the ways new, university-developed technologies enter into commercial use
- An examination of the creativity of interdisciplinary product development teams working on the technical, marketing and financial viability of new ideas
- Research on accountability, performance management, innovation and entrepreneurship