MBiotech Program Overview
The MBiotech Program is a 24-month, course-based professional degree program housed within the Institute for Management & Innovation (IMI) at the University of Toronto's Mississauga campus (UTM). MBiotech incorporates both science and business courses along with an eight to 12 months internship in the biotechnology, medical device and biopharmaceutical sectors.
The MBiotech Program is centered on life sciences and represents an innovative approach to professional graduate education, aimed squarely at science graduates seeking a Master’s degree that provides a portal into industry, not-for-profit organizations and the private sector. It also represents a unique educational niche at the interface between two disciplines, science and business.
MBiotech commences each year in May and is tailored to meet the evolving needs of our students and those of the global health sciences industry. Program faculty is drawn from the departments of Biology, Chemical & Physical Sciences and Management. The Program also invites guest lecturers from the biotechnology sector, government agencies, public and private companies and members of other University of Toronto faculties.
MBiotech identifies with a number of core values:
- Science undergraduates inherently possess untapped career potential that can be realized through exposure to business concepts;
- The analytical nature of science lends itself to the study of business economics, management, and strategy;
- Scientists are, by their training, inured to the pursuit of individual excellence and require a strong, and often paradigm-shifting education in the value of teamwork and the successful running of collaborative enterprises; and
- Graduates educated in the core life sciences can bring unparalleled and mission critical value to science-based businesses.
The Program offers streams in both Biopharmaceuticals (BioPh) and Digital Health Technologies (DHT). Irrespective of stream undertaken, Year 1 is heavily weighted towards classroom courses, and the experiential learning is delivered by the Work Terms in Year 2.