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The biotechnology industry is very interdisciplinary so our program is as well. While successful completion of a bachelor's degree is required, it does not have to be in a particular discipline. It can be very helpful to have had a previous course in molecular biology and a year of college level calculus prior to starting the program. For those who would like to 'brush up' on relevant subject matter prior to enrollment in the program, here is a list of suitable texts.

If you have any questions regarding the application or our program, please email us at




Please click the link to access the Fall 2016 Application.

The application system allows for electronic submission of all supplemental documents (unofficial transcripts, personal statement, CV), and your reference letters to be uploaded through the system as well. NOTE: You must still have all official transcripts and official ETS scores submitted to the Graduate Admissions Office by the institution. Please do not send materials to the Biotechnology Program office. All materials must be sent to the SEAS Graduate Admission's Office. All requirement details, addresses for paper materials, codes for ETS, and deadlines can be found on the application website.

Please view our Biotechnology Admission's FAQ page to answer questions you may have including financial aid, tuition costs, length of the program, etc.

The Engineering Graduate Admission's FAQ page also is helpful with questions pertaining to the application and requirements.



November 15 and March 15. Applications are generally reviewed within 6-8 weeks following each deadline. Applications are no longer reviewed between the deadlines, meaning any application submitted after November 15 must wait until the March 15 deadline. Only complete applications will be considered.


Your application is looked at as a whole portfolio and admission is based on a variety of factors. Once a decision is made you will receive an email notifying you that your decision is ready to be viewed online via the application site. We will not provide decision information over the phone or via email.


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Internal: University of Pennsylvania Undergraduates
In addition to the submatriculation form (found on the link above), students are asked to submit other materials to the Biotechnology Program Office ( Please email for further instructions.

External: Undergraduates from Haverford and Bryn Mawr colleges ONLY

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   Master of Biotechnology Program Office
   220 S. 33rd Street, Rm. 311A
   University of Pennsylvania
   Philadelphia, PA 19104-6391


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