The Program for Applied Biotechnology Studies

Program Background

Southern California's biotechnology and biomedical device industries are key drivers of the nation's high-tech economy, and a well-trained, innovative workforce is essential to their continued growth and success. In response to this need, the California State University's Program for Applied Biotechnology Studies offers a Master of Biotechnology through the consortium of four CSU campuses, CSU Fullerton, Cal Poly Pomona, CSU Dominguez Hills and CSU Los Angeles, the first consortium-based Professional Science Master's (PSM) program in the nation. The program draws on the strengths, resources and faculty expertise at each of the four member campuses in the areas of science, mathematics, engineering, computer science and business. Each campus offers at least one required course as well as advanced elective courses. PABS has served as a model for other such programs and is part of a growing number of Professional Science Master's programs in the US.

The PSM is designed to allow students to pursue advanced training in science or mathematics while simultaneously developing workplace skills highly valued by employers. PSM programs consist of two years of academic training in an emerging or interdisciplinary area, along with a professional component that includes internships and "cross-training" in workplace skills, such as business, communications, and regulatory affairs. All PSM programs have been developed in concert with employers and are designed to dovetail into present and future professional career opportunities.

The California State University is recognized as a national leader in the PSM initiative, and has made the degree available through 24 programs in 16 discipline areas at 12 campuses. The PABS program's focus on applied learning and active collaboration with industrial supporters provides one strong method to address the national concern with economic competitiveness and with the nation's ability to remain at the leading edge in high technology. For more information, please visit the CSU Professional Science Master's site. For PSM programs in the United States, visit

In the PABS program, each student will be matriculated to a single "home-campus" at one of the PABS MBt consortium schools (Fullerton, LA, or Pomona). This campus will be the degree-granting institution and will house the courses for the student's concentration studies. Factors to consider in choosing a particular home campus include, but are not limited to, convenience of access to the campus and whether the campus offers strong courses in the concentration area of interest to the student.

Last Updated: January 21, 2014