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Admissions: International Students

he 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:

  • 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  OR IELTS Score of 7.5.

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

How To Apply

  • Apply online
    • Select proposed program Biotechnology >> Biotechnology  MPS
    • Submit statement of goals as an attachment in the “Academic Goals and Research Interests” section
    • Insert names of references into “References” section
    • Complete residency information to be reviewed for in-state tuition rates
  • Request official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions to be sent to UMBC Graduate School, 1000 Hilltop Circle, Baltimore, MD 21250 or emailed to
  • Request for test scores to be sent by ETS to UMBC (code 5835)

Applications are not sent for review until all materials are complete. A complete application will include the following documents:

  • Completed application including residency form (Residency form determines tuition classification)
  • Three letters of recommendation (if you choose to forego the online option, please see the paper form here)
  • Statement of academic goals
  • Official transcript(s) from each college & university attended
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores & GRE Scores
    • Please note: All international students are required to submit Graduate Record and TOEFL scores unless you attended a university in a English-speaking country or hold an undergraduate degree from a U.S. institution.
  • Application fee ($50 online)
    • 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.
  • 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 Office of Education Services.

Financial Aid/Tuition/Assistantships

Presently the program is not offering any financial aid or graduate assistantships. Other campus departments may have graduate assistantships.
If you require further assistance, please contact Ashley Waters at or call 301-738-6081.