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Biotechnology Certificate

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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$2,500 Potential fellowship funds from SPS for research or fieldwork
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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 Commitment
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.

International Students: 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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As admissions to our programs are highly competitive, we encourage you to apply as soon as possible. Learn more about the application process, deadlines, and requirements.

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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.