The admission requirements emphasize strong quantitative skills and knowledge of molecular sciences.The admission requirements emphasize strong quantitative skills and knowledge of molecular sciences.


Thank you for your interest in the Master of Biotechnology Program. Below you will find information about application deadlines and how to apply.


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  • One year of calculus
  • One year of organic chemistry
  • One course in biochemistry
  • One year of physical chemistry (or general chemistry)
  • Sophomore-level cell/molecular biology course
  • Research or laboratory experience in either an academic or industrial setting

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Application Process

  1. Fill out the online application
  2. Submit your supplementary materials
  3. Participate in an interview (in person, by phone, or Skype)
  4. Receive your decision

Application Deadlines

All application periods correspond to admission for the fall quarter of 2016. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship, students must apply by February 1. To ensure timely visa processing, international students must apply by April 1.

Application Period Application Deadline Interview Window

Early Decision

December 1

December 2 - 21

Winter Decision

February 1

February 2 - 22

Spring Decision

April 1

April 2 - 25

Late Spring Decision

May 31

June 1 - 31

Students applying for the 2016 fall term may submit their applications starting September 1, 2015. Interviews typically occur 1-2 weeks after the application deadline.

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Application Materials

The admissions committee reviews each application holistically, considering factors such as: GRE scores, GPA, TOEFL scores (if applicable), letters of recommendation, research experience, and performance in an interview (in person, by phone, or Skype).

To be considered for admission, students must submit the following materials:

  • An online application
  • Three letters of recommendation (included in online application)
  • Official transcripts of all college studies
  • An official copy of GRE scores (institution code: 1011)
  • An official copy of TOEFL scores (code: 5937) International applicants only

Students with incomplete applications are still eligible for an interview. We do not require an application fee.

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Already a Northwestern student?

  • No GRE score required
  • Some undergraduate courses may count toward your degree

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Questions about Admissions

Please contact Associate Director Igor Kourkine directly to discuss admission. You may also contact our Program Office for more details at