Awarded upon successful completion of four qualifying Short Programs courses in Professional Education, this certificate equips you with an extended knowledge and understanding of the fundamentals of biotechnology as well as an understanding of new technologies and a hands-on approach to introducing new methods of formulating, manufacturing, and everything in-between.

How to Apply

To apply, submit an application for the program using the link below, along with a non-refundable $325 application fee.

Registration is now open!

Key Benefits

The Professional Certificate Program in Biotechnology & Life Sciences reflects MIT's world-class status and innovative culture, enabling you to:

  • Learn in-person from renowned MIT faculty and leading industry practitioners
  • Network with an accomplished group of peers from around the globe
  • Earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
  • Receive a 15% discount on future MIT Professional Education Short Programs and Digital Plus Programs courses
  • Gain membership in the exclusive MIT Professional Education LinkedIn group
  • Receive a complimentary one-year subscription to the MIT Technology Review upon completion of the program
  • Updates on faculty research, new programs, and MIT initiatives via our newsletter
  • Groups from the same company and location with five or more registrations in the same year receive a 15% discount for all courses included in the Biotechnology & Life Sciences Certificate Program. Please contact us for details.

Who should attend

The Professional Certificate Program in Biotechnology & Life Sciences is designed for a wide range of professionals including:

  • Professionals with at least three years of professional experience who hold a bachelor's degree (at a minimum) in a technical area
  • Engineers, biologists, chemists, microbiologists, and biochemists
  • Managers responsible for biochemical processes
  • Entrepreneurs, attorneys and business leaders seeking greater insight into biotechnology

Why Study Biotechnology at MIT?

Located in one of the world's foremost centers of innovation—Cambridge, Massachusetts' Kendall Square—MIT is the world's leading university in science, technology, and innovation. The MIT campus is located right in the center of the fast-expanding Cambridge biotech startup community, with many companies getting their start in MIT's research labs.

Whether you want to transform the agricultural industry or engineer a breakthrough pharmaceutical drug, the Professional Certificate in Biotechnology & Life Sciences features several courses to broaden your understanding of this diverse and evolving field. You will be taught by leading experts who closely collaborate with one another, and each course covers the three main aspects of biotechnology product and process design. Finally, you will get the opportunity to bring the issues you are having within your own companies, and in a community of like-minded learners, get the opportunity to learn from one another and develop real-time solutions.

In the spirit of MIT's motto, "Mens et Manus" or mind and hand, Short Programs from MIT Professional Education combine both theoretical and research-based knowledge with practical hands-on experience and networking opportunities for working professionals.


"The course instructors were brilliant. Their real-world examples and analogies made complex topics much easier to understand."
Amy Irvin, Pfizer
"Because this course offers such a broad range of applications, professionals of any experience level can get a lot out of it."
Eric Johnson, President, JSR Micro

Certificate Requirements

This Professional Certificate Program consists of a core of courses in biotechnology and pharmaceuticals and several elective courses on leadership, communication, and experimentation - key skills for any professional in the biotechnology field. Earning the Professional Certificate requires the completion of at least 16 days of qualifying courses, which must include the three core courses, and may include up to one elective. You can customize your learning experience by selecting the courses that are most relevant to you and your organization. The program must be completed within 36 months of completing the first qualifying course.

  • Successful completion of at least 16 days of qualifying courses, which must include three core courses, plus one elective.
  • The program must be completed within 36 months of completing the first qualifying course.
  • Courses that have been completed prior to applying for the certificate program may count towards your program requirements, keeping in mind that the full program must be completed within the 36-month window


The professional certificate program application fee is $325 (non-refundable). Each of the courses will be paid at the per-course rate. Visit our course catalog for individual course information.

Core Courses

All programs are eligible for Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

You may select from the following Core courses:

  • Formulation and Stabilization of Biotherapeutics— TBD Summer 2021 (4 days)
    Gain greater insight into biotherapeutics and how to manage their intrinsic chemical and physical instabilities.
  • Downstream Processing—TBD Summer 2021 (5 days)
    Understand the fundamentals of downstream processing and gain new strategies for biochemical process analysis and synthesis.
  • Fermentation Technology—TBD Summer 2021  (5 days)
    Discover how to apply biological and engineering principles to problems involving microbial, mammalian, and biological/biochemical systems.

Note: MIT Professional Education'sShort Programs is committed to providing a diverse and updated portfolio of Short Programs courses and reserves the right to change these course selections in future years.


One of the the courses needed to complete the certificate program can be an elective. All courses are eligible for Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

  • Nanoscience and Nanotech: Industrial Application and Transformation—July 20-22, 2020, $3,000 (3 half-days live virtual format, counts as 2 days towards certificate completion)
    Gain an intellectual framework for thinking about, applying, and commercializing the power of the nanoscale for industrial purposes.
  • Machine Learning for Healthcare—TBD Summer 2021  (2 days)
    Learn to apply the latest advances in healthcare AI tools and techniques.
  • Persuasive Communication Bootcamp—June 22-26, 2020, $4,500 (5 days, live virtual format)
    Enhance your communications skills and attain greater professional success by improving your public speaking, critical thinking, and data visualization.
  • Bioprocess Data Analytics and Machine Learning—October 12-14, 2020, $3,500 (3 days, live virtual format)
    Discover transformative ways to apply data analytics and avoid the most common pitfalls that arise when analyzing bioprocess data.
  • Foundations of Data and Models: Regression Analytics—July 20-24, 2020, $4,500 (5 days, live virtual format)
    Through linear algebra and computational methods, learn how to fit data to different types of models.
  • Enabling Innovation: Designing Research Facilities—TBD Summer 2021 (4 days)
    Explore recent trends in the design and operation of facilities designated for advancing and facilitating innovation, research, and development. 
  • Engineering Leadership for Emerging Leaders—July 27-31, 2020, $4700 (5 days live virtual format)
    Gain the leadership skills you need to mobilize colleagues to pursue a shared vision, solve problems through teamwork, and motivate people to deliver their best results.
  • Design and Analysis of Experiments—TBD Summer 2021 (5 days)
    Examine how to design experiments, carry them out, and analyze the data they yield. 

​Note: MIT Professional Education's Short Programs is committed to providing a diverse and updated portfolio of Short Programs courses and reserves the right to change these course selections in future years.


MIT is located in the intellectual, exciting, and vibrant city of Cambridge, Massachusetts, nestled next to the state capital of Boston and right on the Charles River. MIT is located in Kendall Square, an innovation hub with more startups than any other place in the world (for example, at CIC). Take time to visit historic Boston while here—catch a Red Sox game, go whale watching, visit world-class museums, take a boat ride on the Charles River, visit Quincy Market, or explore other local area colleges. TripAdvisor's Best of Boston Tourism list may be a good resource.