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


If you are interested in pursuing a dynamic career in biotechnology, we invite you to apply to our Master of Biotechnology Program. The admissions committee reviews each application holistically, considering factors such as standardized test scores (GRE, GMAT, TOEFL, etc.), GPA, performance in an interview (in person, by phone, or Skype), and recommendation letters. Typically, an application is reviewed within 4-6 weeks after its online submission, and an interview is scheduled with all qualified students. Supplementary materials (official standardized test scores and recommendation letters) are requested after the interview.

Below you will find information about application deadlines and how to apply. Additional information about admissions can be found on the MBP FAQ page


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Application Deadline May 31st, but most vacancies are filled by March
Application Fee None
Prerequisite Coursework

At least one course in each of the following areas:

  • Organic chemistry or biochemistry
  • General chemistry
  • Biology (e.g., cellular or molecular)
  • Introductory calculus
Application Process
  1. Fill out the online application.
  2. Participate in an interview in person, by phone, or via Skype.
  3. Submit supplementary materials (including two recommendation letters) and receive an official decision.

Already a Northwestern student?

  • No GRE or other standardized tests are required.
  • Some undergraduate courses may count toward your degree and shorten your MBP curriculum from five to four quarters.

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Questions about Admissions

Frequently asked questions about admissions can be found on the MBP FAQ page. If your question is not addressed there, please contact Associate Director Igor Kourkine directly to discuss admission. You may also contact our Program Office for more details at