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Administrative Unit:Cell and Regenerative Biology
College/School: School of Medicine and Public Health
Admitting Plans:M.S.
Degrees Offered:M.S.


The master of science (M.S.) in biotechnology provides students with an overarching view of modern biotechnology operations, addressing fundamental scientific and legal matters, innovative technologies and complex business issues. Students thrive in an environment rich in academic and industrial collaboration, leaving the program prepared to assume leadership roles in the biotechnology industry. Practical and results oriented, this two-year program provides the foundation necessary for succeeding and advancing in one of the fastest growing and most complex industries in the world. Top-rated UW–Madison faculty and talented business partners in Wisconsin combine their expertise to provide hands-on, problem-solving experiences while offering flexible schedules for students, including convenient weekend and evening courses.


A significant strength of the program is the diversity and experience of the student cohort entering each year.

  • Professional work experience is required, which is the primary criteria used in the admission process.
  • Applicants should have a bachelor's degree, minimum 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale).
  • Applicants must have a minimum of two semesters of biology or other related life-science courses.

The primary criteria used in the admission process are:

  • Work experience
  • Grade point average
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement of academic career goals

A completed application file will consist of:

  • Submitted online application with paid application fee
  • Statement of purpose containing reasons and goals for graduate study
  • Professional resume
  • 3 letters of recommendation (done electronically on the Graduate School online application)
  • Official transcripts from each previous undergraduate and postgraduate institution
  • List of awards, honors, and/or publications

The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is not required for admission.

When all application materials have been received, an in-person or phone interview will be scheduled. Students admitted to the program are expected to own a laptop with wireless connectivity for use throughout their program experience.  

Financial Aid

Direct financial support from the M.S. in Biotechnology Program is not available. However, students may contact the Office of Student Financial Aid to discuss federal loan programs and other lending opportunities.


See program website for required sequence of courses.

For more information: Lynn Schroeder, Program Manager, Biotechnology Program, 510 Charmany Drive, Suite 171, Madison, WI 53719; 608-262-9753; lamcnett@wisc.edu; www.ms-biotech.wisc.edu.