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:
A significant strength of our program is the diversity and experience of the student cohort entering each year. For this reason, students with several years work experience are strongly favored for admission.
To qualify for the Master of Science in Biotechnology program, an applicant should have a bachelor's degree (minimum GPA 3.0) with a minimum of two semesters of biology or other related life science courses.
In addition, applicants will provide three letters of recommendation from teachers, supervisors, or researchers. When all application information is on file, a personal or phone interview will be scheduled.
Applications for fall semester are accepted until a full cohort of no more than 30 students has committed to attend. Spaces are sometimes available for strong applicants until as late as June or July for domestic applicants, however, the typcial stop date for international applicants is May 1st. Applications are now being accepted for Fall 2020.
A Completed Application
GPAs, work experience, letters of recommendation and the applicant's statement of their academic career goals are the primary criteria used in the admission process. Interviews are only granted to applicants after all necessary application materials have been received and reviewed.
Please note, the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is not required.
The Statement of Purpose should include a one-page summary of your professional and academic background, as well as a clear explanation of your short- and long-term professional goals. An effective Statement of Purpose includes a clear explanation of how the M.S. in Biotechnology degree will help you meet your goals. Please be specific to the Master of Science in Biotechnology degree.
Preferred consideration will be given to applicants who have some form of work experience outside the classroom. For this reason, applicants applying immediately after obtaining an undergraduate degree are typically denied admission unless they can substantiate the minimum work experience requirements through such activities as independent laboratory experience, internships, job shadowing, or industry-related volunteer work.
Students admitted to the program are expected to own a laptop with wireless connectivity for use throughout their program experience.
New students will need the free Adobe Acrobat reader to open PDF files. They will also need Microsoft Office, specifically, Word, Powerpoint and Excel. Registered students can purchase Microsoft Office at a significant discount at the UW TechStore and the Wisconsin Integrated Software Catalog (WISC).
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