Learn about the program's unique curriculum, world-class faculty and convenient schedule. In just two years, you can earn your degree while still working full-time.
Richard Moss, Ph.D.
Senior Associate Dean for Basic Research, Biotechnology and Graduate Studies
Executive Director and Co-founder, M.S. in Biotechnology Program
Kurt Zimmerman, M.S.
Director, Industry Engagement, SMPH
Director, Master of Science in Biotechnology Program
Natalie Betz, Ph.D.
Associate Director and Faculty Instructor, Master of Science in Biotechnology Program
Bryan Husk, M.A.
Assistant Director, Master of Science in Biotechnology Program
Michele Smith, MS SCT(ASCP)
Program Manager, Master of Science in Biotechnology Program
The Master of Science of Biotechnology Program brings together the expertise of the University of Wisconsin's world-class faculty, and the applied experience of the region's most successful biotechnology leaders from private industry.
Natalie Betz, Ph.D.
Associate Director and Faculty Instructor
Master of Science in Biotechnology
Dave Lewis, Ph.D.
Chief Scientific Officer (former)
UW Carbone Cancer Center
The M.S. in Biotechnology program has over 300 alumni since its first graduates in 2004.
Each year the value of the alumni network strengthens as more students graduate and grow their careers.
Alumni by Graduating Class:
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.
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.
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.
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: https://grad.wisc.edu/apply/requirements/
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.
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.
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.
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.
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