Master of Science in Biotechnology Program, UW-Madison

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The ingredients for success.

Academic Requirements

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.

Application Deadline
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 for Fall 2021 can begin now and be submitted to the Graduater School starting September 2020.

Factors in Admission

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.

Work Experience
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.

Technical Requirements

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).

Questions? Contact Bryan

Bryan Husk
Phone: (608) 265-0773
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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