Master of Science in Biotechnology Program, UW-Madison

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A simple admissions process.

Two steps. One contact.

The UW-Madison is a large university and we want to minimize red tape. That's why Bryan Husk, Assistant Director, is your direct contact for all things admissions.

Question about admissions?
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Bryan Husk
Assistant Director
Phone: (608) 265-0773

Application Deadline
Applications for fall semester are considered until a full cohort of no more than students has committed to attend. Spaces are somestimes available for strong applicants until as late as June or July for domestic applicants. There is no admission for spring semester.

For Domestic Applicants: Fall 2022 applications are now being accepted. Please contact Bryan Husk if you have any questions.

For International Applicants: If you are an international prospective student interested in attending the M.S. in Biotechnology program, you are encouraged to apply early. Applications are now being accepted for Fall 2022 and first-round interviews will be conducted in December 2021 or January 2022. For more information as an international applicant, check the "International FAQ" and "International Applicant" webpages.

Step 1: Apply to the Graduate School

Applications are only submitted online; paper copy applications are not available. Apply to the Graduate School online at the UW-Madison Graduate School web site:

The Graduate School's Online Application

The online application and $75 application fee must be submitted electronically to the Graduate School before you can be considered for admission.

  • Three Letters of Recommendation (can be initiated and processed online via the Graduate School online application)
  • Copies of transcripts or academic records from each institution attended. Unofficial copies can be uploaded to your application. Please note, if admitted, official copies of your transcripts will need to be submitted to the Graduate School Admissions Office.
  • A one- or two-page Statement of Purpose (uploaded via the Graduate School online application) that provides the following:
    A brief summary of your professional and academic background, a clear explanation of your short- and long-term professional goals, and a clear explanation of how the M.S. in Biotechnology degree will help you meet your goals. (Please be specific to the M.S. in Biotechnology degree.)

Important: Select Biotechnology (Program Code G040) as your Intended Major Field of Study.

Additional Graduate School resources:

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International Applicants:
There are additional requirements for applying. See our International Admissions page


Step 2: Program Admission Interview (if invited)

Once all your application materials have been uploaded to your online application, the M.S. in Biotechnology Program will review your application.

If upon review your application is considered favorably, you will be contacted by the M.S. in Biotechnology Program to arrange a 30 minute interview with the program's Admissions Committee.

Following the outcome of the interview, your application will either be rejected or recommended for full admission to the Graduate School.

If you have any questions about how to apply or about the status of your application, you should contact Bryan Husk.

Class of 2022 Schedule

Fall 2020 | Spring 2021
Fall 2021 | Spring 2022

Class of 2023 Schedule

Fall 2021 | Spring 2022
Fall 2022 | Spring 2023

Class of 2024 Schedule

Fall 2022 | Spring 2023
Fall 2023 | Spring 2024

At a Glance:
The Curriculum
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