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The Biotechnology Certificate responds to the expanding influence of technological advances in the life sciences. Students will gain academic and laboratory experience needed to advance their careers and make an impact in this growing field.  

If graduate school is in your future plans, our curriculum offers the grounding that competitive schools require. If you’re a professional looking to pivot into a new field, this certificate is valuable for careers in biotechnology or intersecting fields such as business and law. The part-time curriculum accommodates busy schedules.


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29 Credits to graduate
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1-2 Courses per semester —works with your schedule
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10% Projected job growth from 2016-2026 for biotechnicians*
Program Highlights
Program Application Requirements Course Format Time Committment
Certificate in Biotechnology

Bachelor’s or equivalent


29 credits in all (8-9 courses). Can be completed in as little as two years.

Who should apply:
  • Recent graduates who wish to prepare for graduate school in a field related to biotechnology.
  • Professionals seeking a career change into a cutting-edge industry.

NOTE: This Certificate program does not qualify for an F-1 student visa. International students who seek a full-time program should review other programs available through Columbia SPS.

Lifelong benefits you receive as a Columbia graduate:
  • Access to a world-renowned system of libraries
  • A Columbia email address
  • Membership in a network of Columbia students, faculty and alumni

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* International students are responsible for ensuring they have read and understand the University’s student visa application eligibility and requirements. Please note that it is not permissible to enroll while in B-1/B-2 status. In addition, if studying on a student visa, you must enroll in the full-time option (12 credits per term), if available, and study on campus.

Gainful Employment Disclosures – 2019

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This program is designed to be completed in 32 weeks.

This program will cost $66,476 if completed within normal time. There may be additional costs for living expenses. These costs were accurate at the time of posting, but may have changed.

Fewer than 10 students completed this program within normal time. This number has been withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the students.

The following States do not have licensure requirements for this profession: Alabama, Alaska, American Samoa, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Federated States of Micronesia, Florida, Georgia, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Marshall Islands, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Northern Marianas, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Palau, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virgin Islands, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

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