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 3 to 5 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. Before graduating, students complete a research project under the direction of a MicE faculty member. Here are some commonly asked questions about the program.
The Masters of Science in Microbial Engineering is a research based program. Most students join UMN research labs as Research Assistants (research track), receive a research stipend, and graduate in 2 to 2½ years after the completion of an original research project. For students sponsored by their employer (industrial track), the program takes 1½ to 2 years to complete and requires a summer internship arranged by BTI.
The MicE program offers two tracks to the same degree – one grounded in research, one fermented in industry