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 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

Application Period Application Deadline Decision Date

Early Decision

December 1

December 21

Winter Decision

February 1

February 22

Spring Decision

April 1

April 25

Late Spring Decision

May 31

June 15

Students applying for the 2016 fall term may submit their applications starting September 1, 2015. Interviews typically occur in the week 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

Note: Students with incomplete applications are still eligible for an interview.

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Already a Northwestern student?

  • No application fee required
  • 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