Master of Science in Biotechnology Program, UW-Madison

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For International applicants.

International students applying to the program should follow the standard admissions procedures indicated on the program's Admissions page. There are also additional requirements that must be met for international student applications to be given consideration.

Applications will not be considered by the M.S. in Biotechnology program until all pre-admission requirements have been met.

After applicants initiate their application to the Graduate School, they receive a confirmation email with a link for checking their online application status. This is where applicants can confirm the status of additional requirements (pre- and post-admission).

Additional Requirements (Pre-Admission)

1. Regarding your Statement of Purpose

All applicants are required to submit a one- to two-page Statement of Purpose with their application. It is important to clearly state your career goals and concisely address how you believe this program's industry-focused curriculum will help you achieve those career goals.

Applied work experience is highly regarded by the admissions committee, thus applicants should note any related work in the field of biotechnology (employed positions, summer internships, etc.).

Please be specific with the reasons why you believe you are a good fit for this degree program. Simply being "interested in biotechnology" or believing "biotechnology is the future" is not sufficient for consideration.

2. English Language Testing Requirement

International student applications will not be considered until required English language test scores have been electronically submitted to the university. International applicants who studied at universities where all courses were taught in English may be exempt from the English language testing requirement; contact Bryan Husk for further clarification.

Test Scores
Test scores must be less than two years old as of the start of the admission term and electronically sent to UW-Madison/Department using code 1846.

The Graduate School's Required Minimum Test Scores:

Paper Based TOEFL Internet Based TOEFL IELTS MELAB

Minimum Score Required





Additional Requirements (Post-Admission)

Once the Graduate School has received all the information they require, and once the M.S. in Biotechnology program has received all the materials required to be sent to the program office (see standard admissions), international applications will be given consideration for admission.

If an international student has been interviewed and accepted for admission by the M.S. in Biotechnology program, there are further requirements that must be fulfilled with the Graduate School in order to attend the UW-Madison.

  • Proof of Funding
    Proof of funding is required by the Graduate School in order to attend the university. Refer to your online status check page for more information. For additional information on funding, visit the Funding for International Students page. Please note, the M.S. in Biotechnology Program unfortunately does not provide any direct funding to students. (
  • Verification
    Financial documentation must be received, verified and approved by the Graduate School before admission is finalized. After processing, a formal admission letter and visa documents are sent to the student.
  • Documents for Visa Appointment
    The Graduate School does not use express mail. Expect delivery to take four to five weeks. Refer to your online status check page for details on your visa document.

Follow the Online Status Check Page

Continue to follow your online status check page for the duration of the process. All communication with the Graduate School should take place through MyUW.

Understanding an F-1 Student Visa

International students attending the M.S. in Biotechnology Program are eligibile for traditional hourly work within the restrictions of their student visa, typically an F-1 visa.

Detailed information about F-1 student visa employment restrictions are can be found on UW-Madison International Student Services web site.

Graduate School: Frequently Asked Questions

The Graduate School provides a "Frequently Asked Questions" page that offers answers to common questions about admission to the university.

If you have any further questions, you should contact Bryan Husk , Assistant Director (see below).

Admissions? Contact Bryan

Bryan Husk
Assistant Director
Phone: (608) 265-0773