Washington, DC
student ratio
Not Reported
total students
Tuition Cost $45,780
average amount to complete degree
February 1
fall application deadline
Not Reported
acceptance rate
3 Degrees Offered
degrees offered


Professional Science Master's

American University's professional science master's degrees prepare students and professionals for applied science work in industry and government organizations. The program provides students with the necessary technical skills to be successful in science, and the practical skills they need to navigate its intersection with business and government. Graduates of this program will be competitive for employment in private industry and within the government.

Three master of science degrees are offered: an MS in biotechnology, an MS in biostatistics and an MS in quantitative analysis.

Our professional science master's degrees combine coursework in the sciences and management. Students gain highly valued expertise and a competitive advantage in industries that generate and regulate scientific enterprise. Students gain core competencies in research methods, business and statistics. They also acquire hands-on experience with an internship and research capstone.

Learn From Experience

Opportunities for learning extend beyond the classroom. AU offers access to Washington's unparalleled resources: world-class research and regulatory institutions and renowned associations and government agencies dedicated to the advancement of science. On campus and off, learn best practices from leaders in science, business, and government.

Faculty connections with government and nongovernment science and health organizations are extensive. These connections are helpful for networking and obtaining internships at such prestigious organizations as the: Environmental Protection Agency, Food and Drug Administration, Department of Homeland Security, National Institutes of Health, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Science Foundation, and the Smithsonian Institution.

Study While You Work

AU's professional sciences master's program is designed for the working professional. Applications are accepted year round and students can earn a master's degree in two years. Most classes are held in the evening and students have the option to take classes on a full-or part-time basis. Students can start taking classes in the fall, spring, or summer semester.

MS in Professional Science: Biotechnology

American University's master's degree in biotechnology combines coursework in genomics and business management with the option of pursing study in neuroscience or public policy. This curriculum provides students with the tools necessary for careers with the biotechnology industry, genome research institutions, and government regulatory agencies.

Students will master topics in genomics, proteomics, neuroscience, biochemistry, molecular biology, and business management. Students can also choose among electives depending on their interests and career goals.

MS in Professional Science: Quantitative Analysis

American University's master's degree in quantitative analysis is a two-year interdisciplinary program that provides students with rigorous training in the sciences coupled with coursework in management. This curriculum provides students with the tools necessary to be competitive in jobs that involve biostatistics, predictive modeling, or data mining.

A capstone project and internship, along with professional development activities, prepares students with workplace relevant activities to deepen their understanding of quantitative and management methods.

Graduates of this program will be competitive for employment in industry and within government. Opportunities are plentiful with consulting firms, pharmaceutical companies, insurance companies, and within the financial industry.

Why American University

A global outlook, practical idealism, and a passion for public service define American University. AU's academic strengths are grounded in social responsibility and a commitment to cultural and intellectual diversity.

AU faculty are leading experts in their fields. Faculty regularly present at national and international conferences, publish in top journals in their discipline, receive external research funding, and are often featured in the media.

The university is highly interdisciplinary. Faculty and students from different schools often collaborate to conduct research. Students in the professional science program take classes in multiple departments in the College of Arts and Sciences and the Kogod School of Business.

Faculty mentor students throughout the program. Small class sizes allow professors to meet students' individualized learning needs.

AU students are passionate, focused, and engaged. Connections that are made in the classroom result in a strong alumni network.

Location & Contact

Programs in Professional Sciences

College of Arts and Sciences
American University

Washington, DC

Degrees & Awards

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Biotechnology Master's
    • Environmental Sciences Master's
    • Quantitative Analysis Master's
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Not reported
    • Evening/weekend programs available? Not reported
    • Distance learning programs available? Not reported
    • Terminal master's degree available? Not reported
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & Fees$45,780
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitNot Reported
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsNot Reported
    • Types of financial support availableNot Reported



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