A student working in a UAlbany nanotechnology lab.

Master of Science 


Program of Study


Through a comprehensive portfolio of courses, you’ll absorb fundamental knowledge in the design and manipulation of nanomaterials and nanofabricated systems towards biological applications, including metals, semiconductors, polymers, chemical and biological materials. This includes the integration, processing, testing and qualification of these materials in integrated micro- and nanosystems, sensors and integrated optics. 

Because nanoscale science is highly interdisciplinary and our students come to the program from a range of science disciplines, all students enroll in a sequence of foundational courses that provide the core competencies necessary for success in nanobioscience. You’ll earn the rest of your credits through master’s level research, seminars and other nanoscale science and engineering courses.

Foundations of Nanotechnology Course Sequence

  • Chemical Principles of Nanotechnology
  • Foundations of Nanotechnology I, II, III & IV

Nanobioscience Courses

Six credits relevant to your selected track as advised.

Master’s Level Research

  • Research in Nanoscale Science OR
  • Thesis in Nanosciences and Nanoengineering

Seminar or External Courses

Three credits as advised.

Research and Facilities

As a student in the College of Nanotechnology, Science, and Engineering (CNSE) at UAlbany, you’ll enjoy access to the Albany NanoTech Complex, the most advanced nanotech center in North America. Gain hands-on experience inside an unmatched 1.65M square-foot facility that houses a powerful ecosystem for education, development, tech acceleration, business incubation and prototyping. 

Available internship and research opportunities, many of which happen in cooperation with Albany NanoTech’s numerous onsite corporate partners, including IBM, GlobalFoundries, Samsung, Applied Materials, Tokyo Electron, ASML and Lam Research, can lead to transformative career opportunities. 

In the nanobioscience program, you’ll join faculty and students in collaborating on ground-breaking research driving nanotechnology applications in medicine and life science. Areas of research include:

  • Human stem cell-derived neurons and neural circuitry therapeutics that represent a new frontier in spinal cord injury repair.
  • Bio-hybrid devices that combine electronic and photonic components with cells, tissues and organs to advance understanding and treatment of a wide range of conditions and diseases.
  • Biosensors for detecting diseases and infections such as COVID-19 and Lyme disease.




Two researchers in a UAlbany nanotechnology lab looking at data on a computer.
Career Outcomes

With the skills and knowledge you gain by earning a master’s in nanobioscience at UAlbany, you’ll be primed for working in fields that boast the most exciting applications of nanoscience innovation: biology, biomedicine, biotechnology and pharmaceuticals. 

In these fast-growing fields you’ll find ample career opportunities in research and development, applied engineering and academia. Or follow in the footsteps of past nanobioscience master’s students and pursue doctoral studies at the University at Albany or another prestigious U.S. or international institution.




Potential job titles for a nanobioscience master’s degree include:

  • Applications Engineer
  • Gene Therapist
  • Biochemical Engineer
  • Biomedical Engineer
  • Director of Research
  • Gene Therapist
  • Nanobiologist
  • Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Engineer
  • Tissue Engineer
  • Research & Development Engineers
  • Research Scientist
  • Tissue Engineer
  • University Professor

International Students

This degree is designated as a STEM program. International students maintaining F-1 status are allowed to apply for up to 12 months of post-completion Optional Practical Training (OPT) following completion/graduation from their degree program. Currently, this degree program is also designated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as an eligible degree for the F-1 STEM OPT work authorization extension; students who secure qualifying employment may be eligible to apply for the STEM OPT extension for a cumulative total of up to 36 months of F-1 OPT work authorization.

Admissions Requirements

Departmental Assistantship Consideration

Fall: February 1
Spring: October 1

Financial support for Masters students is dependent on availability of funding. 

No Departmental Assistantship Consideration

Fall: February 1
Spring: October 1

Applications received after these dates will be reviewed on an individual basis.

Required Application Materials
  • Transcripts from all schools attended
  • Three academic or professional letters of recommendation
  • Personal Statement
  • Resume
  • GRE General Test score is strongly recommended but not required. The department evaluates all aspects of the application, therefore a minimum score is not identified.

Available information for International Applicants.