Placeholder image for Biotechnology

Biotechnology, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #501 (WUR) Huntsville, AL, United States
The Biotechnology Science and Engineering Graduate Program (BSE) is an interdisciplinary program of The University of Alabama in Huntsville concerned with research and scholarly activity in the diverse areas of biotechnology. 
Access all 180000+ programmes, for free with a Studyportals account.
account benefits visualised


The program's mission is to provide Ph.D.-level graduates who are broadly trained in the areas of science and engineering pertinent to biotechnology and who will benefit the economic, educational, and cultural development of Alabama. Graduates of the program are expected to be able to make significant contributions to biotechnology in academic, governmental, and business settings.

Biotechnology is not a single area of study, but a multidisciplinary field concerned with the practical application of biological organisms and their subcellular components to industrial or service manufacturing, to environmental management and health, and to medicine. It is a series of enabling technologies drawn from the fields of microbiology, cellular biology, molecular biology, genetics, biochemistry, immunology, fermentation technology, environmental science and engineering which allow one to synthesize, breakdown or transform materials to suit human needs. 

The future industrial landscape will continue to include research, development and the manufacturing of products such as proteins and nucleic acids that will be based wholly or in large part on biological processes. The interdisciplinary program in Biotechnology Science and Engineering will provide broad training in sciences and engineering dealing with the handling and the processing of macromolecules and living systems.

 Students will receive advanced training in one of three specializations: Structural Biology, Biomolecular Sciences or Bioprocess Engineering. The principal core of instructors and research advisors are drawn from the Departments of Biological Sciences, Chemistry, and Chemical & Materials Engineering. The program includes significant involvement from local biotechnology companies as well as NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center.



  • U.S. News & World Report ranks UAH as a Tier I national university.
  • U.S. News & World Reports for 2013 ranked UAH as 184th among National Universities. In 2011, the Carnegie Foundation classified UAH as “very high” in the research Category, making it one of an elite group of 73 U.S. public universities. USA Today and Princeton Review ranked UAH as one of the top 50 educational values in the U.S.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Introduction to Bioprocess Engineering
  • Bioseparations, Recombinant Techniques & Protein Engineering
  • Biochemistry I
  • Biochemistry II
  • Molecular Biology of the Cell
  • Current Topics in Biotechnology

English Language Requirements

You need the following TOEFL®PBT score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

Before starting a programme, you need to have a basic knowledge of the english language.

Find english courses on Preparation Courses Portal.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

  • This programme accepts GRE® scores. However, it does not provide a recommended score range.

    Schedule GRE®

    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

General Requirements

Applicants may be unconditionally admitted to the program if they have:

  • A bachelor’s degree in science or engineering from an approved college or university;
  •  A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 overall or 2.75 overall and 3.0 over the last 60 semester hours of undergraduate and graduate credit;
  •  A combined score of 1700 on the verbal, quantitative and analytical sections of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). (For GRE tests taken after October 1, 2002 the score on the analytical portion is obtained by taking the (raw score + 2) x 100);
  •  A score of at least 550 (213 computer-based) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for international students.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    23604 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 23604 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    10632 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 10632 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

Living costs for Huntsville

  • 834 - 1340 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.


You’ve wishlisted multiple studies. Did you know you can compare them side-by-side in our Compare-tool?