The growing demand for the development and optimization of processes in sectors such as industry, food, agriculture, health, and diagnostics has fostered the incorporation of biotechnological methods for the creation of new products and services.

Therefore, developments in the field of biotechnology can benefit a large segment of the population with its vast areas of application. Graduates from the Ph.D. in Biotechnology from Tecnológico de Monterrey are able to work in the academic, scientific, and industrial environments, including the creation of knowledge.

This will allow graduates to develop innovative and sustainable technology for the benefit of society.

To train scientists who can generate cutting-edge knowledge in the area of biotechnology who are committed to helping their communities socially, ethically, and financially. Our graduates are aware of the need to create new sustainable technologies with a remarkable spirit of entrepreneurship and innovation.


  • Top quality graduate programs that allow the student to acquire a holistic vision of the field of biotechnology not only from a basic science standpoint, but also from applied science. 
  • Students that graduate from this program are highly recognized for their ability to conduct high-impact research and develop sustainable technology that is both socially and economically beneficial.  
  • The quality of the students and the program is validated by the number of students that graduate and achieve to be accepted to Mexico’s National System of Researchers (SNI, Spanish) shortly after graduation. 
  •  The academic program’s faculty is made up of research professors, most of them belong to Mexico’s National System of Researchers (SNI, Spanish).
  • Tecnológico de Monterrey holds accreditations such as: SACS*, CIEES, SEP, and CONACYT**.

* Tecnológico de Monterrey is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call (+1) 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Tecnológico de Monterrey

** See the accreditation’s validity of our programs and their benefits in accordance with CONACYT’s provisions, at Mexico’s National Quality Graduate Programs official website.

  • Students with a Master’s degree in areas related to biotechnology, biology, chemistry, biochemistry, chemical engineering, biochemical engineering, food engineering, medicine, nutrition, among others.
  • Students who have developed oral and written communication skills in Spanish and English, including a genuine interest in innovative research focused on social welfare.

Comply with the comprehensive evaluation required in the admission process, through an interview conducted by the admissions committee of the graduate program. In addition, the following is necessary:

  • Simple copy of the Bachelor´s degree and/or Master's degree Certificate, where the following information is indicated:
          a. The overall GPA.
          b. Completion date of all the subjects of the study plan.
  •  Simple copy of the Bachelor´s degree and/or Master's degree.
  • Motivation letter or essay in which the candidate explains the reasons for his or her interest in the program, his or her potential contribution to it and the area in which he or she wishes to develop professionally with a research project.
  • Curriculum vitae.
  • Two letters of recommendation in the institutional format, from employers or professors.
  • Obtain at least 585 points in the adaptive version of the Postgraduate Studies Admission Test (PAEP) or its equivalent in other exams authorized by the Institution.
  • Obtain at least 550 points in the TOEFL exam or its equivalent in the other exams authorized by the Institution as an instrument for assessing the sufficiency of English language proficiency.

* The admission process may change without prior notice from the Admissions Committee
 ** Admission is the first step: then you can enroll in your graduate program of interest.

Tecnológico de Monterrey seeks to integrate in all its graduate programs a new generation of students who have completed their undergraduate studies and who are distinguished by being: talented people, enthusiastic, committed to the development of their environment and the well-being of society; people with the potential to successfully complete their program and become leaders with an entrepreneurial spirit, human sense and internationally competitive.

Undergraduate or Master degree program in an area related to the research lines of the program.


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At the end of the program, the graduate will be able to: 

Work in the areas of research, teaching, and development of new products and biotechnological processes. 

Obtain the potential to act as a leader or collaborator in areas such as nutrition or nutriomics, food technology, bioprocesses, pharmaceutics, medicine, molecular diagnostics, environmental technology, among others.


José Antonio Torres
Juan Ignacio Valiente Banuet
Julio Altamirano Barrera
Raquel Cuevas Díaz
Roberto Carlos Gallo Villanueva


Lines of Research

The three Lines of Generation and Application of Knowledge (LGAC, Spanish) were defined according to the evolution of the academic program and the training needs of researchers at a national and international levels. These three lines of research are the following:




Today, the program’s overall objective is for the graduates of the Ph. D. in Biotechnology (DBT) to be trained as scientists capable of producing innovative knowledge in order to establish cutting-edge technologies relevant to the biotechnology sector, with special emphasis in areas such as food, pharmaceutics, bioprocess engineering, and life sciences, which it is consistent with the research work being developed in the lines of research mentioned before. In addition, the Strategic Focus Research Groups (GIEE, Spanish) which are linked to the academic program, promote the development of research topics in the three lines of knowledge previously mentioned. 

Academic productivity

The results of the research project that the student develops throughout the program are shown in national and international conferences. Likewise, such knowledge is reflected in scientific articles published in indexed scientific journals, patent applications, and other scientific products. The average number of articles published by the students enrolled in the program at the time of graduation is more than 2.5 articles per student. In the last 6 years, the average of indexed scientific articles published annually by the professors of the Basic Academic Nucleus is more than 3 articles per professor.


The program has connections with different sectors, mainly from the academic and industrial sectors. This is carried out through collaborative schemes such as stays at academic / scientific institutions both nationally and internationally, co-counseling with professors from other institutions and the development of innovation-related projects with the industrial sector. There is collaboration with national universities and institutions, as well as international institutions located in North America, Central America, South America, and Europe.