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Biotechnology and Genomics (GrDip)

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Graduate Diploma (GrDip)
Program type
Primary campus
Loyola (LOY)
2 terms
30 credits
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Program overview

The Graduate Diploma in Biotechnology and Genomics will give you a solid foundation in the theories, methods and applications of genomics, molecular genetics, protein biochemistry and bioinformatics. You’ll acquire an in-depth understanding of functional genomics, microbial biotechnology, and protein production for the pharmaceutical, agri-food and forestry industries. You will also learn about the development of genomic methods for industrial and environmental applications. The program emphasizes hands-on experience and training with state-of-the-art genomic and biotechnology research equipment. Thanks to small class sizes and our research component you will be prepared to enter the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries or to pursue further graduate studies.

Program structure

Degree Requirements

Fully-qualified candidates are required to complete a minimum of 30 credits.

Please see the Biology Courses page for course descriptions.

Biotechnology and Genomics Graduate Diploma (30 credits)


credits of Core Courses:

BIOL 510 Bioinformatics (3.00)
BIOL 511 Genome Structure (3.00)
BIOL 512 Functional Genomics (3.00)
BIOL 515 Biotechnology and Genomics Laboratory (3.00)
BIOL 516 Project in Biotechnology and Genomics (6.00)
BIOL 529 Values and Biotechnology (3.00)


credits of Elective Courses:

BIOL 521 Industrial and Environmental Biotechnology (3.00)
BIOL 523 Agriculture and Agri-Food Biotechnology (3.00)
BIOL 524 High-throughput Instrumentation (3.00)
BIOL 525 Biological Computing and Synthetic Biology (3.00)
CHEM 678 Protein Engineering and Design (3.00)

Admission requirements

Admission Requirements

  • BSc degree from an accredited university with at least 15 credits in courses at the 200 or 300 level in the following subjects: genetics, cell biology, molecular biology, biochemistry, and 3 credits of laboratory in one or more of these subjects.
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.00 (on a scale with a maximum of 4.30).
  • Proficiency in English. Applicants whose primary language is not English must demonstrate that their knowledge of English is sufficient to pursue graduate studies in their chosen field. Please refer to the English language proficiency page for further information on requirements and exemptions.

Application process

Application deadlines


February 1





Priority will be given to complete applications submitted by the deadline. In some cases, programs may continue to accept applications as long as there is space available.

International students: Considering the waiting period involved in meeting the entry requirements to Canada and Quebec, we strongly encourage international applicants to apply early and submit supporting documents prior to the deadline.

Tuition & funding

Tuition and fees

Tuition and fees of the program may depend on your student status, among other key factors. Estimate these costs based on the most common situations.

Awards and funding

Funding packages are generally available for students in thesis-based programs. Course-based students may be eligible for a number of donor awards, and may consult with their department for program-specific opportunities.

Out-of-province students

Get $2,000 in special funding for graduate diploma programs. Learn more

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