University of Minnesota
MicE Graduate Program
BioTechnology Institute
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About the Program

The M.S. Degree in Microbial Engineering was instituted in 1984 to meet the demand in biotechnology industries for employees with advanced training in a combination of microbiology, molecular biology, immunology, and chemical engineering. The program draws both national and international students and on average, accepts five students into the program annually.

How to apply

Typically, applicants with a bachelor's degree in biological sciences, biochemistry, chemistry, or chemical engineering apply. Recommended academic preparation includes one year each of calculus, organic chemistry, physics, microbiology, and a background in a field such as basic chemical engineering, biology, physical chemistry, or genetics. Background deficiencies can be made up during the first year of graduate work. Most students enter the program with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Applicants must include GRE and TOEFL scores, three letters of recommendation, and a personal statement listing their occupational goals. Application deadline: January 14. more >>

Background and Highlights

MicE class offered to industry professionals

MicE 5355 - Advanced Fermentation and Biocatalysis Laboratory is a 5-day laboratory class that provides a hands-on introduction to fermentation technology for both graduate students and industry professionals. more >>

More about the BioTechnology Institute

The BioTechnology Institute (BTI) provides advanced research, training, and university-industry interaction in biological process technology, a major area of biotechnology research. The Institute is the central University of Minnesota vehicle for coordinated research in the biological, chemical, and engineering aspects of biotechnology. Faculty perform basic research in biocatalysis, microbial physiology and the production of biofuels and other products made from renewable resources. more >>

MicE students utilize the BRC

In addition to the faculty laboratories, the Institute has established the Biotechnology Resource Center (BRC), a process scale pilot plant unique in the state, which is accessible to industrial and academic scientists for collaborative and contract research. more >>