Welcome to BU’s BioScience Academy

What is the BU BioScience Academy?

BioScience Academy is a grant-funded program designed specifically to help unemployed or underemployed individuals with a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and/or Math) background  enter the biotech/ life sciences field.  Full tuition scholarships are available for qualified individuals.

The two-semester program, which begins in September and ends in May, includes classes in biomedical science and clinical research, and an internship. Upon completion, graduates receive twelve Boston University credits and a Certificate in Applied Biotechnology. All classes are held at the BU Medical Campus in the South End.

The goal of BioScience Academy is to prepare individuals for employment in biotechnology companies, medical centers and other life science institutions.  Assistance with job search is provided.

If you are unemployed and have a bachelor’s degree in science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM), with two or more years of work experience in a STEM field, please consider this day program funded by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Recruitment for the 2014 – 2105 class has ended.  Please check our website in mid-spring 2015 for announcements and information sessions. If you have any questions about the program, please email BioSci@bu.edu.  


What are the Eligibility Requirements for the BioScience Academy?

  • Be a US citizen or permanent resident
  • Be unemployed or underemployed (for a definition of underemployment, visit the SCILS website and click on Eligibility Requirements)
  • Be a resident of Metro Boston, or a dislocated worker from a Metro Boston employer (for a map of targeted towns & cities, click here.)
  • Have a bachelor’s degree in science, engineering, technology or math (STEM), or healthcare
  • Have two years STEM or healthcare work experience
  • Demonstrate competency in English and Math

For a description of the application process, click here


To learn about the Boston University Biomedical Laboratory and Clinical Sciences program, click here.