BS Biotechnology/MS Biotechnology
PlusOne Program

The PlusOne Program allows students to accelerate their study by applying graduate credits taken as an undergraduate toward both an undergraduate and a graduate degree.

If you are a motivated and academically strong student interested in preparation to enter the biotechnology industry, you can begin earning a Professional Masters (PSM) in Biotechnology after completing 16 semester hours at Northeastern, while completing your BS in Biotechnology. This is achieved by allowing you to count up to 17 graduate credits toward both your graduate and undergraduate degree requirements.

There are several major reasons why this option might be right for you.

  • Professionals with graduate level experience are likely to be more competitive upon entering the workforce.
  • The PSM in Biotechnology combines advanced technical courses with a significant component of business courses preparing for work in the biotechnology industrial setting.
  • A PlusOne degree program can accelerate receipt of a graduate degree and reduce its cost, since in most cases, a PlusOne degree student can earn a graduate degree with only one additional year of study beyond the BS.

Information for Applicants

Are you eligible to apply?

If you are a Biotechnology major with a minimum GPA of 3.0, we welcome your application to the PlusOne program. After completing 16 semester hours at Northeastern, you will be eligible to apply to the PlusOne program. Applications are due by August 1 for start in the fall term or December 1 for start in the spring term. At the completion of the PlusOne program, you will have had one co-op experiences in the biotech industry). 

How do I apply?

  1. Meet with Prof. Jared Auclair (, Academic Director of the Biotechnology Programs, to discuss whether this program is right for you.
  2. If it is determined that the PlusOne program would be a good fit, meet with your undergraduate advisor, Christine Sullivan (, to design a plan of study.
  3. Make a phone or in-person appointment with Ms. Cynthia Bainton ( for instructions on how to apply. Applications will be through the College of Science Graduate Office. The application fee will be waived; no GRE will be required; the plan of study will be submitted. The deadline for Fall is August 1, the deadline for Spring is December 1.

    Students will submit an Apply Yourself online application.
    1. Select MS Biotechnology (PlusOne option is not visible to applicants and will be manually updated by staff)
    2. Select “Pay by check” when prompted to pay the application fee
    3. Submit admissions form; a one-page summary of why they are interested in pursuing a Professional Master's in Biotechnology; 2 letters of recommendation (enter Elizabeth Zulick as the 3rd recommendation); CV/resume; and non-NU transcripts (NU transcript will be uploaded by COS Grad Office)

  4. PlusOne students should meet with the co-op coordinator upon admission to the program in order to plan the timing of the graduate co-op


What courses are taken as an undergraduate?

A degree audit using the code BS Biotechnology/MS Biotechnology with the current catalog year under "Explore Options" provides a list of course requirements and choices. Thirty-four graduate credits are required in the PlusOne program; a maximum of 17 can be taken as an undergraduate.

In essence, a fixed series of prescribed courses taken as an undergraduate (see below) replaces some of the required courses and science electives taken for the BS. While you are an undergraduate, up to 17 credits of graduate courses can count toward both the undergraduate and graduate degrees. Once you graduate with your BS you become a full-time graduate student, enrolling in the same courses (17 credits) as other second year graduate students in the PSM program for a total of 34 graduate credits to earn the MS degree.

Note: Any financial aid a student may have received from the university while an undergraduate will not continue once the student obtains graduate status.  PlusOne students are not eligible to receive the Double Husky Scholarship.

Required courses (total of 17 SH graduate credits) with days and times to take as an undergraduate:

Course Number & Title



Day and Time

BIOT 5120 – Intro to Biotechnology, in place of BTC1300 – Intro to Biotechnology

3 SH


T 6:00-8:30PM or online

BIOT 5631 – Cell Culture Processes for Biopharmaceutical Production, in place of BTC2700 - Cell Culture Techniques OR BTC4450 - Quality Control and Validation Issues

3 SH


R 6:00-8:30 PM or online

BIOT5219 – The Biotech Enterprise, in place of an elective in place of an elective  

2 SH


W 5:30-7:30 PM or online

BIOT5145 – Basic Biotech Lab Skills
OR if enrolling in Enterprise concentration, 1-credit elective

1 SH


3 Fridays (11/3, 11/10, 11/17) 12:00-4:00 PM

CHEM5620 – Protein Chemistry, in place of BIO3100 - Biochemistry

3 SH


T 6:00-8:30 PM
M 6:00-8:30 PM or online

BIOL 6299 – Molecular Cell Biology for Biotechnology, in place of BIO2300 - Cell Biology

3 SH


M 5:00-7:30 PM or online

PHSC6214 – Experimental Design and Biometrics, in place of an elective

2 SH


W 5:15-7:15 PM or online
R 5:30-7:30 PM

If any of the above courses have been taken at a prior institute before transfer, students may take any of the approved elective courses to be counted towards both their BS and PSM degrees. View elective options... 

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