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Admissions: International


The following information is provided for international applicants interested in applying to the M.P.S.: Biotechnology program. International applicants should read the information carefully prior to applying.

The M.P.S.: Biotechnology program is available for full-time enrollment.  The program is designed to be completed in five consecutive academic semesters/session (2 years).  International students on F-1 visas are required to maintain a full-time course load (9 credits per semester) during the fall and spring academic semesters. The summer session and a student's last semester are exempt from this full-time course load requirement. International students will be required to take one additional course to maintain the full-time course load for the regular academic semesters. Refer to course progression handout for a listing of the courses taught each semester.  International students can enroll in courses outside of the program to fulfill the additional elective required.

Admission Requirements:

All students need to meet the following minimum requirements:

  • A bachelor's degree in biology, chemistry/biochemistry, chemical/biochemical engineering, or biotechnology*
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on 4.0 scale
  • Two semesters of general chemistry and two semesters of organic chemistry
  • GRE scores are required unless your undergraduate degree was earned at an accredited U.S. university.  The combined score of the Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative components must be at least 1230, with the Verbal Reasoning score being at least 500.  Also, the Analytical Writing score should be at least 4.5.5.
  • TOEFL Scores: Minimum scores of 600 (PBT), 250 (CBT), 100 (IBT). Scores must be less than 2 years old.


  • IELTS Score of 7.5

*If you have a three-year degree versus a four-year degree your transcript will be reviewed to determine whether you have met the necessary pre-requisites for the Master's program. Eligibility for admission can only be determined upon receipt of a complete application.

Application Process

All international applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible to allow sufficient time to receive all the necessary documents, to process and assess the application. 

International applications are accepted for the fall semester only. The application deadline is January 1st. Applications received after this deadline may still be reviewed and processed if application documentation is complete.

You can apply online or by mail:

Your application packet should include the following documents:

  • Completed degree-seeking application (including residency form). Use program code PRST and track code BT
  • Three letters of recommendations
  • Statement of academic goals
  • Official transcript(s) from each college & university attended
  • TOEFL scores- UMBC’s institutional code is 5835
  • Application fee ($50 if apply online / $70 if apply by mail)

Please note: All international students are required to submit TOEFL scores unless you attended a university in a English-speaking country or hold an undergraduate degree from a U.S. institution. IALTS are not accepted in substitution for TOEFL scores.

If paying by check, the check must be drawn on a bank with a U.S. location. The check should be payable to UMBC.

Obtaining Immigration Documents

If you intend to apply for an F-1 visa and require an I-20 from UMBC, please include the following additional documents with your application. 

  • Copy of valid passport
  • Certified bank statement or bank verification letter from financial sponsor showing a minimum of $29,000 (USD) in available funds. The bank statement no older than six months from admit date.
  • Letter from financial sponsor stating they will be responsible for all living expenses and school-related expenses for the duration of your stay at UMBC.

You can send these documents after you receive your admission decision; however, it could delay you receiving your I-20.  Your I-20 is processed after you have been formally accepted into the program.

All immigration related questions should be addressed to the International Education Services.

Mailing Instructions

All application documents should be mailed to:

UMBC Graduate School, MPS: Biotechnology
1000 Hilltop Circle
Baltimore, MD 21250 U.S.A.

Financial Aid/Tuition/Assistantships

The MPS: Biotechnology is an applied, professional degree and as such does not offer research-based assistantships. However, students are eligible to apply for non-research based graduate assistantships offered through other academic departments.  For the most detail information on financial aid for prospective graduate students refer to Financial Aid Office.  

We appreciate your interest and looking forward to receiving your application.

If you require further assistance, please contact Nancy Clements or at 410 455-5536

Helpful Links:

Career Services Center
English Language Institute
Financial Aid
Graduate School
International Education Services
International/Intercultural Resources