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The Master of Science in Bioscience Management Educating The 21 st Century Life Sciences Business Leader Why this degree? Scientists that are ready to make a career change to management

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The Master of Science in Bioscience Management

Educating The 21st Century

Life Sciences Business Leader

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Why this degree?

  • Scientists that are ready to make a career change to management

  • Business people that need to understand the special management and business needs of the biosciences industry

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Why Mason?

  • Reputation

    • for serving working professionals

  • Global orientation

  • Cohorts

  • Connectivity

  • Curriculum

  • Convenience

    • locations and times

  • Experienced faculty and responsive staff

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School of Management

  • 3,200 undergraduate students

  • 400 graduate students in the Fall

  • Four graduate management programs


  • 67 full-time faculty members

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Why a Business Degree?

Management Skills and Knowledge

Organization Strategy

Doing the right thing

Technical Competencies and Analytical Skills

Organization Operations

Doing things right

Professional Career


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Which Business Degree?

Career Transitions

Management Skills and Knowledge



Doing the right thing



Technical Competencies and Analytical Skills

Doing things right

Professional Career


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Program Focus

  • Leadership focus: managing the bioscience enterprise, the business line or the lab

  • Strategy perspective: enterprise level

  • Industry emphasis: the life sciences

  • Skills development: business and management

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Program Overview

  • MS degree completed within 21 months

  • Executive part-time format

  • 36 credit hours

  • Eight two and four day domestic residencies

  • Uses ClassroomPlusTM format

  • Cohort format, teams of four to six participants

  • Lock-step curriculum

  • Extensive project work leverages work experience

  • Ten day international residency

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Program Curriculum

Academic Year I

Orientation Workshops– 2 days (part of first domestic residency)

Fall Semester 2003 Domestic Residency 1 (4 days, August)

MBA 653 Organizational Behavior

MBA 603 Managerial Economics and Decisions of the Firm

Domestic Residency 2(2 days, December)

Spring Session 2004 – Domestic Residency 3 (2 days, January)

MBA 613 Financial Reporting and Decision Making

MBA 623 Marketing Management

Summer Semester 2004 – Domestic Residency 4 (4 days, May)

MBA 643 Managerial Finance

MBA 712 Project Management

Summer Residency – International Residency (10 days, June)

MSBM 750 Global Aspects of Bioscience Management

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Program Curriculum

Academic Year II

Fall Semester 2004 - Domestic Residency 5 (4 days, August)

MSBM 735 Bioscience Management Capstone Project - Launch

MSBM 745 Life Science Product Development and Risk Management

MSBM 703 Best Practices in R&D Management

Domestic Residency 6 (2 days, December)

Winter Residency – Domestic Residency 7A (2 days, January)

MSBM 735 Bioscience Management Capstone Project - Strategy

Spring Session 2004 - Domestic Residency 7B (2 days, January)

MSBM 720 Analysis of the Bioscience Industries

MSBM 650 Legal and Ethical Aspects of Bioscience Management

MSBM 735 Bioscience Management Capstone Project – Defense

Domestic Residency 8 (4 days, May, includes graduation)

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  • Domestic Residencies

    • 4 residencies per year, 8 total

    • One day per class to start the semester, one to end the semester

    • 8-hour traditional classroom format with all students physically present

    • Located in Arlington campus, hotel

Semester A

Semester B

Semester C





Calendar Year

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  • Synchronous Sessions

    • Four 2-hour sessions held every 3-4 weeks conducted via teleconference or NetMeeting (enables video)

    • Students in classroom and dispersed geographically

    • Content at faculty discretion

      • Guest speaker, Case discussion

      • Group presentations, Lectures





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  • Asynchronous Contact

    • 16-18 hours of contact time

    • Activities may include:

      • Initiation and review of threaded discussions

      • Coaching and feedback by professor

      • Must be proficient to use time effectively








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Educational Technology

  • The following tools will be used extensively in class:

    • WebCT

    • E-mail

    • NetMeeting

    • Audio Conferencing

  • Need to prepare a platform to participate

    • PC with NetMeeting, browser, decent e-mail capability, phone with speaker or headset capability, internal access to NG network

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International Residency

  • Ten days, first year summer session

  • Travel outside US -- Europe

  • Study Global Life Sciences Management to include:

    • Industry outlook outside US, ethics, government regulations. Global institutions dealing with life sciences

  • Venues:

    • Cambridge University Sponsorship

    • Lille, France – Pasteur Institute and Cambridge University

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Program Costs

  • Costs: $36,000 all inclusive

  • Includes:

    • 36 credits of tuition

    • All books

    • Costs of residencies, 26 days of hotels and meals, domestic and international

    • Travel costs of international residency from Washington DC

  • Domestic residencies in Arlington, VA

  • $2,500 deposit upon acceptance of admission

  • Billed on a semester basis per credit hour

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Admissions Requirements

  • Work Experience

    • 3 years minimum

    • Preferably in the sciences

  • 4 year Bachelor’s degree

    • Preferably in the sciences

  • GMAT

    • Waived for certain circumstances

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Application Process

  • Application

    • Application may be downloaded from (

  • Resume

  • Two essays

  • Two letters of recommendation

  • Official transcripts from all higher education institutions attended

  • TOEFL as needed

  • GMAT (unless waived)