Master of Science in Biotechnology Program, UW-Madison

Find Us On: M.S. in Biotechnology program on LinkedIn M.S. in Biotechnology program on Twitter M.S. in Biotechnology program on Facebook M.S. in Biotechnology program on YouTube


International: Frequently Asked Questions.

For International Students Interested in Applying:

"What minimum GRE score do I need to be eligible for admission?"

There GRE (Graduate Record Exam) is NOT required for admission. The M.S. in Biotechnology Program considers prior academic performance and relevant professional work experience as primary criteria for admission. See the Admissions page and International Applicants page.

"Am I eligible to apply if my English language test scores (TOEFL, IELTS) are below the required minimum scores?"

No. The M.S. in Biotechnology Program is a rigorous academic curriculum requiring strong written and oral communication skills for success. Students with English as a second language must demonstrate minimum language proficiency to be considered for admission.

If international applicanted attended an undergraduate university where all courses were taught in English, they may be exempt from the language proficienty testing requirement. See the International Applicants page for details.

"What funding sources are available for international students, such as research assistantships, teaching assistantships and scholarships?"

Students enrolled in the Master of Science in Biotechnology Program are not allowed to accept research assistantships, teaching assistantships, project assistantships or other University appointments which grant waivers of tuition and/or academic fees.

International students are allowed to pursue hourly paid employment on campus (for instance, as a lab scientist in a faculty research lab) within the restrictions of their student visa. Visit the International Student Services web site for F-1 student visa employment restrictions.

Very few scholarships exist for international students, however, applicants are encouraged to search "Scholarships@UW-Madison" for what scholarships are available.

"I have a 3-year bachelor's degree from outside the United States. Am I eligible to apply?"

Most likely, your 3-year degree is not equivalent to a 4-year undergraduate degree in the United States. You probably need an additional 1-year professional degree (or similar) to have an equivalent bachelor's degree to apply to any American university.

You can check your country's degree equivalence at this UW-Madison Graduate School Admissions web site:

"Are there summer internships available for international students?"

Many international students in the program pursue summer internships between their first and second year. Through F-1 Curriculular Practical Training, international students are eligible for off-campus employment up to 40 hours/week. While students themselves are ultimately responsible for finding summer internship opportunities, the M.S. in Biotechnology Program staff have extensive experienced advising and directing students toward potential internship employers and organizations.


For Internationals Admitted to the M.S. in Biotechnology Program:

"Am I admitted to the University of Wisconsin if the M.S. in Biotechnology Program recommends me for admission to the program?"

No, your application must still be approved by the Graduate School before you are fully admitted to the UW-Madison. You will be notified by email messages by the Graduate School for each step-by-step requirement following your recommendation for admission. Check your online application for status changes. Visit the Graduate School web site for further details.

"When will I receive my I-20 form to apply for my student visa?"

Once the Graduate School has reviewed and approved all requirements for your admission to the UW-Madison, you will be mailed an official acceptance letter and an I-20 form issued by the UW-Madison used to apply for your student visa.

"I've applied for my student visa and am planing to come to Madison. What should I do to prepare now?

The Graduae School provides a comprehensive "New Students" web page with resources for incoming graduate students, including international students. International Student Services also provides helpful information for incoming international students.

Admitted students can always contact Bryan Husk or Michele Smith for direct assistance from the M.S. in Biotechnology Program.

Admissions? Contact Bryan

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