About the Program
Carnegie Mellon’s Master of Science in Biotechnology Innovation and Computation program follows a unique educational paradigm that combines a rigorous computer science education with real-world experience in initiating and operating an entrepreneurial project with external stakeholders. BIC students often become successful entrepreneurs armed with a wealth of practical skills, experience, and concrete value-creation capabilities. Those who choose to take a position with an established company enter the market as professionals trained in the latest generation of computational and data engineering technology and best practices. BIC graduates are perfectly poised to create immediate value in any startup or established organization.
Our students apply techniques from machine learning, big data analytics, data mining and information retrieval to solve important problems in a wide range of domains. They learn to solve these problems by correctly capturing the information need, identifying resources, designing analytic pipelines, coding required modules and integrating emerging technologies into an effective solution. Once they hit the workforce, our graduates can quickly assemble teams, identify challenges and create innovative solutions to problems. BIC students have founded several successful startups from the projects they worked on within the program. For those who did not choose the entrepreneurial path, our graduates boast the highest average starting salaries of any professional master’s program at Carnegie Mellon in 2013, 2014 and 2015, and we currently have a 100 percent placement rate. Our alumni are data scientists, software engineers, and technical executives in the software, manufacturing and bio-science industries.
More detailed information about the MSBIC program may be found in our Student Handbook: Handbook-MSBIC-2018-2019.
The MSBIC program is in its last year of existence. It is being replaced by the M.S. in Artificial Intelligence and Innovation. Students in the final year of the program during 2018-19 will receive the MSBIC degree.