Frequently Asked Questions
What are the admissions requirements for the Master of Biotechnology (MB)?
- Completion of an undergraduate program at an accredited U.S. college or its equivalent in another country.
- Results of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).
- Results of the TOEFL/IELTS test if your native language is not English or if you did not complete a degree program in which English was the language of instruction.
- Completion of the Biotechnology application.
In addition to the above, the Master of Biotechnology applicants should have at least a year of college-level calculus.
Admission is based on a comprehensive review of your application including your personal statement, academic record, test scores, recommendations, prior research or work experience, etc. A degree in a specific discipline is not a requirement for admission.
How do I apply to the Master of Biotechnology Program?
Submit the online application including necessary supporting documents.
Details can be found on the Penn Engineering Graduate Admissions website.
How long does it take for the Application Review Committee to reach a decision on my application?
Applications are reviewed within 4-6 weeks of each deadline. Once your decision has been reached, you will be sent an email letting you know it's available. You must log back into your application to view and respond to the decision.
How long will it take me to finish the MB degree? Is there a part-time option?
Eleven credit units are required for the MB program. Generally, each individual course is counted as one credit unit, although some courses may only count for half a credit unit. Full-time students can comfortably complete the program in three semesters. Students may opt to study part-time; part-time students can complete the program within two to three years. Students may switch between full-time and part-time status as needed.
How much is the tuition for the program?
The Master of Biotechnology degree is awarded by the School of Engineering and Applied Science. Tuition rates and fees for the program are administered by the School of Engineering and are subject to change. Current tuition & fees are available online: School of Engineering and Applied Science - Tuition Rates & Fees
Is financial assistance available?
The School of Engineering does not offer scholarships or other means of tuition assistance to masters level students. For information on Federal and commercial student loans, please visit Penn's Student Financial Services. Full time employees of the University of Pennsylvania and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania should contact their business office for information about the Tuition Benefit Program.
What types of lab or internship opportunities are available?
Biotech students have the opportunity to conduct independent study with Penn faculty in labs on-campus. Students may also pursue such opportunities with companies off-campus.
What resources are available for international students?
Please refer the International Student and Scholar Services website. This office is dedicated to providing international students with information on immigration, housing and other pertinent issues.