The Graduate 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.
BTI’s MicE program offers a 2-year Masters in Microbial Engineering (MicE) for students with a biology or engineering background. The program, which celebrates its 35th Anniversary in 2019, accepts four or five students every year. Before graduating, students complete a research project under the direction of a MicE faculty member. Here are some commonly asked questions about the program, past, present and future.
A Dual-track Approach
The Masters of Science in Microbial Engineering is a dual-track program. The research track typically takes 2 to 2½ years and requires completion of an original research project under the direction of a MicE faculty member. The industrial track takes 1½ to 2 years to complete and requires a summer internship arranged by BTI (usually between the second and third semesters). Either track would support a subsequent move to a related doctorate program. Compare the two tracks below.
How to Apply
Find an overview of application materials, what we’re looking for in our applicants, and links to the University of Minnesota’s online application system.
The MicE program offers two tracks to the same degree – one grounded in research, one fermented in industry