Note: We currently are not accepting new registrations for the Professional Program in Life Sciences Business. Courses in the existing curriculum will continue to run as planned.

Learn the specific business needs of the life science industries. Focusing on the aspects of business and development unique to biotechnology, medical devices, vaccines and pharmaceuticals, the Professional Program in Life Sciences Business provides the knowledge to start, develop, expand and operate a successful business in the life science industries.


There are no prerequisites for the Professional Program in Life Sciences Business, but a bachelor's degree in the life sciences is strongly recommended.

Curriculum Requirements

The curriculum comprises 5 required courses and minimum of 2 electives for a total of 6 semester units and 3.6 ceu (at least 125 hours of instruction). Candidates must pay a nonrefundable program registration fee.

You must take all courses for a letter grade. To receive the Award of Completion, you must maintain an overall minimum 2.5 grade point average, with a grade of C or better in each course. All coursework must be completed within five years of registering for the program.

Estimated Cost

Each course is priced individually, and you pay the course fee at the time of enrollment. The program has an estimated cost of $6,440–$7,040 (not including course materials or registration fee). Course fees are subject to change.

Certificate and Award Request

Once you have completed the program coursework, notify UC Berkeley Extension that you have completed the curriculum and request your Award of Completion. Send an email to or call (510) 642-1062. After your records have been reviewed, verified and approved, your award will be sent to you in the mail. The review of your records is usually completed within six to eight weeks after you request the award.

Advising Services

Advisory Board

Peter Calcott, Ph.D.
Calcott Consulting

Toby Beth Freedman, Ph.D.
Synapsis Search

Career Opportunities in Biotechnology and Drug Development

Constance McKee, M.B.A.
President and CEO
Manzanita Pharmaceuticals

John M. Young, Ph.D.
JM Young Consulting
Pharmaceutical Development

Mary Alice Yund, Ph.D.
UC Berkeley Extension
Honored Instructor in 2006

Yong Zhu, M.B.A., Ph.D.
Senior Project Manager