How to Apply-Applied Biotechnology Master’s Degree

We want to make sure your application to the online 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: 608-262-2011 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.

View the Course Schedule for course dates.

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university (min. 3.0 GPA). 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.

*Campuses may waive some of these requirements as part of the comprehensive application process.

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.

International Guidelines

This program welcomes online students from around the world. Online students do not qualify for an F-1 Student Visa to travel to the U.S., but instead can participate in our online courses remotely. If your native language is not English and/or you attended school outside of the U.S., you will likely need to provide proof of English language proficiency and an official translation or evaluation of academic transcripts. Requirements will vary based on a student’s academic history and home campus policies. For guidance about these requirements and how they apply to your specific situation, contact your preferred home campus admissions office.

If you would like to apply as an International Student for an on-campus program in the UW System please refer to these resources through UW-HELP.

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.

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. A nonrefundable $56 application fee is required for most graduate degree-seeking students applying to a UW System institution. Please note, if you are applying to UW-Madison, you will use the UW-Madison Graduate Admission Application and will be required to pay a nonrefundable $75 application fee.

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.

*Please request electronic transcripts if this service is offered by your previous school(s). Have the e-transcript sent from your previous school directly to the admissions e-mail address of your chosen home campus. E-transcripts are usually delivered more quickly than physical copies sent by mail.


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

When you apply, you will need to choose a home campus. Your home campus is the institution from which you will receive financial aid, advising, career services, and your diploma.

Your choice of home campus is a matter of personal preference. Our campus partners share equal responsibility in the program, and you will take courses taught by faculty from all program partner campuses. As a student you will complete your degree or certificate entirely online. Your educational experience will be the same regardless of your campus choice, and your degree and transcripts will be identical to those earned by on-campus students.