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How to Apply to Biotechnology Graduate Program

How to Apply to Biotechnology Masters Program
Application deadline:

  1. Dec. 1 for International applicants.
  2. The deadline has been extended to March 1 for Domestic applicants.
  3. (Note: these deadlines are later than for most IU programs.)
  4. Our deadlines are firm. We will not accept late applications.
  5. This is a pay-as-you-go program, lasting one academic year and always starting in the second summer session.
  6. International students must arrive at IU-Bloomington, IN no later than a week before second summer session begins.

Minimum entrance requirements include an undergraduate major in one of the biological sciences or in a related field (such as chemistry, physics, or mathematics).  Applicants should have a strong background in biology or a related science, including laboratory experience.  Undergraduate course work in chemistry, biochemistry, mathematics and and/or physical sciences is desirable.  We require official undergraduate transcripts, three letters of recommendation, and official results of the Graduate Record Examinations. Three year bachelor’s degrees are not accepted.  Prospective applicants should feel free to inquire about possible exceptions to these requirements, since a unique academic background may be an asset, and deficiencies can be made up early in the graduate program.

How to Apply:

A completed application form submitted through the online application system of the University Graduate School, as described below. The direct link is If you do not have ready access to the web, or have trouble downloading the necessary forms, please contact the Graduate Office at:



(812) 855-5170

Robert Vaughan
Simon Hall MSB1 Room 100B
212 S. Hawthorne Dr
Bloomington, IN
47405 USA

 A complete application includes:

- Official transcripts from all undergraduate and Master’s programs (if applicable) institutions attended should be uploaded with your online application as a PDF file.  International applicants must uploaded transcripts, and CV (as PDF file) with your online application, then mailed to: 
Office of International Services
Poplars 221
400 E. Seventh Street
Bloomington, Indiana 47405 USA .

- Official results of the Graduate Record Examinations (quantitative, verbal, and analytical). The subject GRE test for Biology, Biochemistry, or Cellular and Molecular Biology is recommended. Official results will be sent to Indiana University, Please use the following codes: Institution code - 1324, Department code - 0202.

- Three letters of recommendation - upload online by recommender or mailed to department by recommender with recommendation form

- A 300–500 word statement of purpose regarding your current and future research interests, your goals, plans for your professional career, and reasons for selecting your field of study. (upload to online application as PDF file)

- A list stating your teaching, research, and/or industrial experiences; a list of publications, if available; and any college or professional honors and awards. This information may be provided in a resume or CV as PDF file.  (May be placed at the beginning of your statement of purpose.)

- Official results of the TOEFL Examination (international students only).  Institution code is 1324, Department code 34.

Application Fees:
There is an application fee of $55 for U.S. citizens and $65 for international applicants. The University Graduate School participates in several programs designed to expand participation of underrepresented minority groups in graduate education. Prospective student applicants who apply through one of four programs can receive an application fee waiver from the University Graduate School. The programs are (1) Project 1000; (2) McNair Graduate Fellowship Program; (3) Committee for Institutional Cooperation (CIC) FreeApp Program (waiver application); and, (4) National Physical Science Consortium (NPSC).

Admission Decisions
All applications are reviewed by a faculty committee in the program of interest and also at the departmental level. Our goal is to select students with the motivation and creativity to advance the field of biotechnology. To do this we consider all aspects of the candidate's record and application; GPA, GRE scores, letters of recommendation, personal statement, coursework in scientific subjects, research experience, and accomplishments.  Applicants who are accepted into the program must respond no later than April 15th to the offer of admittance.  

Financial Support
The Masters of Science Biotechnology degree program does not offer stipends or tuition support to its students.  This is a pay-as-you-go program, lasting one academic year starting summer session.