The Biotechnology Undergraduate Certificate at Boston University’s Metropolitan College (MET) is a part-time program designed for professionals looking to acquire additional skills and knowledge in one of Massachusetts’ strongest growth industries. Ideal for those seeking to enhance competencies without committing to a full degree program, candidates for the Biotechnology certificate program should have at least two years of college, with biology, chemistry, and math, or equivalent work experience.

Program at a Glance

  • On Campus
  • Part-Time
  • 16 Credits

A Foundation for Success in Biotechnology

Metropolitan College’s Certificate in Biotechnology will equip you with:

  • Proficiency in communicating and applying the scientific principles that form the foundations of the biotechnology field.
  • Resourcefulness in researching and evaluating relevant and scientifically sound information from a variety of databases and academic sources.
  • Competence in identifying appropriate career and continuing education goals based on prior education and work experience; self-assessment of academic, technical, and professional skills; and knowledge of the biotechnology industry.

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Why Complete Your Biotechnology Certificate at BU?

  • Engaged Faculty: In BU MET’s Undergraduate Certificate in Biotechnology program, an exceptional student-to-instructor ratio ensures close interaction with highly qualified faculty who draw from active research and substantial professional achievements in areas such as biomedical sciences, clinical and scientific research, and biotech.
  • Medical Practice: Our partnership with BU’s School of Medicine can help you get invaluable field experience in world-class environments.
  • Extensive Network: Study principles of bioscience and lab work alongside peers with professional experience, learn from faculty who have valuable contacts in the sciences, and benefit from a global alumni community with strong connections.
  • Student Support: Benefit from access to personalized professional academic advice from the team of academic counselors in MET Student Services.
  • Valuable Resources: Make use of Boston University’s extensive resources, including the Center for Career Development, Educational Resource Center, Fitness & Recreation Center, IT Help Centers, Mugar Memorial Library, Center for Antiracist Research, Howard Thurman Center for Common Ground, George Sherman Union, Rafik B. Hariri Institute for Computing and Computational Science & Engineering, and many others.
  • Flexible Schedule: Pursue your studies part-time, at the pace that works for you, evenings on campus.
  • Affordable Tuition: Complete your program part-time at BU at a substantial savings compared to full-time study.
  • Financial Assistance: Undergraduate students at BU MET are eligible for a range of financial aid and community-minded scholarship opportunities designed to support those investing in their education part-time who still need to navigate full-time responsibilities.

Unemployed? A Section 30-Approved Training Program

Boston University’s Certificate in Biotechnology is an approved training program under Section 30 of the Massachusetts Unemployment Insurance Law. Section 30 allows the Division of Unemployment Assistance (DUA) to waive an active work search by claimants who meet certain eligibility requirements. In addition, claimants can continue to collect their UI benefits while in approved training. For information about the Massachusetts Department of Workforce Development Training Opportunities Program (TOP), or for a list of Section 30-approved training programs, visit

Flexible, Part-Time Degree Completion—at Boston University

Boston University’s Metropolitan College offers a wide range of bachelor’s degree completion programs in convenient, part-time evening formats—ideal for busy professionals who seek to earn a Boston University degree without turning their personal lives upside down or putting their careers on hold. Along with self-paced programs in a variety of majors, MET also offers the structured, two-year Accelerated Degree Completion Program—leading to bachelor’s degrees in Computer Science or Management Studies—and an online Undergraduate Degree Completion Program.

A variety of undergraduate certificate programs provide the opportunity for focused study in a specific subject. Certificates can work into select degree programs at MET, offer breadth to current studies, or build professional skills and knowledge.

Certificate-to-Degree Pathway

BU MET’s Undergraduate Certificate in Biotechnology program can serve as a building block to a degree, preparing you for future collegiate study. Credits earned for the certificate may be applied to a future degree at BU MET, pending administrative approval. To be eligible for the degree, you must apply for admission and be accepted into the degree program. Consult with an admissions advisor to learn more about this option.

Tuition & Financial Assistance

Competitive Tuition

Our part-time rates are substantially lower than those of the traditional, full-time residential programs yet provide access to the same high-quality BU education.

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Comprehensive Financial Assistance

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