Biotechnology Graduate Certificate

Stanford School of Engineering

  • Graduate Certificate
  • Fee:
    Fee may apply

Biotechnology Graduate Certificate


As of January 2021, this certificate is no longer available, but is still recognized by Stanford University. Students who earned this certificate completed four courses from the list to the right. 

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Biotechnology is a propelling force in a number of society’s grand challenges including engineering better molecules and devices to improve human health, metabolic engineering for the production of sustainable fuels and chemicals, and plant biotechnology for biofortification and crop pest resistance. Understanding biological processes, organisms, and systems is the foundation from which breakthrough developments are derived. The Biotechnology Graduate Certificate draws upon the teaching and research of Stanford faculty and is combined with industry expertise and medically relevant case studies to provide you with skills and tools to help you succeed in this field.

You Will Learn

  • Basic concepts and the “language” of biotechnology including how biopharmaceuticals are developed
  • How biological knowledge combines with quantitative engineering principles
  • To analyze biochemical processes and the engineering fundamentals they use
  • About chemical reactions that provide the cell with the energy and raw materials necessary for life
  • Approaches needed to identify new opportunities and address business challenges in biotechnology

Who Should Enroll

  • Life science graduates who want to deepen their knowledge about biotechnology
  • Potential career changers seeking to refocus their careers on biotechnology
  • Aspiring individual contributors and managers in the biotechnology field

Earning the Certificate

  • Begin your certificate any academic quarter that an applicable course is offered, subject to prerequisites
  • Take courses for graduate credit and a grade
  • Receive a B (3.0) or better in each course


  • A conferred Bachelor’s degree with an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better.
  • B.S. in Science or Engineering
  • Generally, a college level understanding of chemistry is assumed, although the introductory course only requires a high-school knowledge.


Tuition is based on the number of units you take. See Graduate Course Tuition on our Tuition & Fees page for more information.

Time to Complete Certificate

1-2 years average
3 years maximum to complete