Application and Admission

We want to make sure your application to the online UW Master of Science in Applied Biotechnology goes smoothly. The following steps will guide you through the process.

If you have questions, contact an enrollment adviser at 1-877-895-3276 or

Application Deadline

All application materials need to be completed two weeks prior to the semester start to be considered for admission. Please note, if you are applying to UW-Madison, application materials need to be completed six weeks prior to the semester start to be considered for admission.

Starting your application early will ensure you have plenty of time to gather required materials (such as transcripts, letters of recommendation, etc.), apply for financial aid, and complete the application.

Due to COVID-19, many institutions have transitioned to remote operations.  When ordering transcripts, it is recommended to order e-transcripts only, as physical (mailed) copies may not be available in a timely manner.

View the Course Schedule for course dates.

Admission Requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited university and a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0. Students with a GPA less than 3.0 may be considered for provisional admission and should contact an enrollment adviser for more information.
  • Official college transcripts.
  • Prerequisite coursework: two semesters college-level lab coursework in biology and/or chemistry. To satisfy the prerequisite you must have completed either two semesters of biology, two semesters of chemistry, or one semester each of biology and chemistry, and all coursework must have a lab component.
  • Your resume.
  • Two letters of recommendation.
  • A personal statement of up to 1,000 words describing your motivation to pursue this degree and what you will bring to the biotechnology field.

The GMAT or GRE are not required.

Need to complete a prerequisite course before applying? Online courses are available through UW Independent Learning. If you are not sure whether you meet these requirements, or which courses you need to take to satisfy prerequisites, please contact an enrollment adviser.

How to Apply

While you are free to apply on your own, many prospective students find it helpful to speak with an enrollment adviser first. Our staff is here to answer your questions, talk with you about your career goals, and help you decide if this program is a good choice for you.

Step 1. Select a “home” campus from our list of program partners: UW-Green Bay, UW-Madison, UW-Oshkosh, UW-Parkside, UW-Platteville, UW-Stevens Point, and UW-Whitewater.

Step 2.  Apply to your preferred home campus using the University of Wisconsin System Online Admission Application (except UW-Madison). If you are applying to UW-Madison, you will use the UW-Madison Graduate Admission Application.

Step 3. Send your resume, personal statement, and letters of recommendation; and arrange to have your official college transcripts (from each institution you attended) sent to the graduate student admissions office of the home campus to which you applied.


Formal admission to the program is determined by the campus to which you apply.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available to students who qualify. View Tuition and Financial Aid for more information.

Choosing a “Home” Campus

Although you will take courses taught by faculty from all partner campuses and complete your program entirely online, you will be asked to choose a “home” campus from the degree-granting institutions listed above. Your home campus is the institution from which you will receive financial aid (if you qualify), advising, career services, and your diploma.

Multi-campus Collaboration

The UW Master of Science in Applied Biotechnology is a partnership of UW Extended Campus and UW-Green Bay, UW-Madison, UW-Oshkosh, UW-Parkside, UW-Platteville, UW-Stevens Point, and UW-Whitewater. This partnership allows us to bring you a truly multi-disciplinary curriculum taught by knowledgeable and experienced faculty from across the UW System. This is an online program, but your degree and transcripts will be identical to those earned by on-campus students.

Have questions about the UW Master of Science in Applied Biotechnology online program? Our enrollment advisers are happy to answer your questions and guide you through process. We are available Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Fridays 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CT, or by appointment. Call: 1-877-895-3276, or email: