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    Online Master of Science in Applied Biotechnology

    Earn your Master of Science in Applied Biotechnology online.

    The Master of Science in Applied Biotechnology is a collaborative partnership of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, University of Wisconsin Extended Campus, and six other University of Wisconsin campuses.

    The program represents a comprehensive, multidisciplinary curriculum that prepares students to advance their careers and pursue their academic ambitions through leadership and management positions within the growing biotechnology field. Defined core courses provide students with a solid foundation in biotechnology, leadership, ethics, research, communications, product development, quality control, and regulatory and compliance practices. In addition, the program offers three unique tracks to assist students in tailoring their coursework to meet their career goals: quality assurance and compliance; business management; and research and development. Students will develop advanced knowledge and skills that will enable them to serve an important function and role within the biotechnology workforce.

    Why UW-Whitewater Online?

    • Asynchronous program lets you learn day or night
    • Build connections through online assignments and discussion boards
    • Affordable tuition

    Gain a competitive edge

    with real-world experience.

    Top faculty

    from across the UW System.

    Learn the skills

    that today’s employers seek.

    Online Master of Science in Applied Biotechnology

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    The MS in Applied Biotechnology is a 22-credit program. This program can be started in the spring, summer or fall terms, and at a pace that works best for you. Full-time students can finish in as little as a year and a half.

    For a comprehensive overview of the program structure and required courses, please refer to the Graduate Catalog

    UW Master of Science in Applied Biotechnology courses are completed online, a natural fit for working adults. Students in other UW Extended Campus degree programs often say the online format is a big factor in their ability to earn a degree. You can watch lectures, participate in online forums with your classmates, and do homework whenever it’s convenient for you—all course content is accessible online from any device. Learn more about our online learning format.

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    To qualify for admission to the online program, you must meet prerequisite coursework criteria provided below and meet graduate admission criteria.

    Deadlines vary by term and are subject to change without notice. Accurate and up-to-date admission deadlines can be found on the graduate admission deadlines website.

    Prerequisite coursework: two semesters college-level lab coursework in biology and/or chemistry. To satisfy the prerequisite you must have completed either two semesters of biology, two semesters of chemistry, or one semester each of biology and chemistry, and all coursework must have a lab component.

    Additional requirements for admission to the MS-Applied Biotechnology program:

    • Upload a resume documenting your professional experience.
    • Upload a 1,000 word statement of personal intent describing decision to pursue this degree and what you believe you will bring to the biotechnology field.
    • Provide contact information (name, organization, position/title, relationship, telephone and email address) for two (2) individuals that are knowledgeable about your potential to do graduate work.

    All requirements can be submitted during the application process.

    If you do not meet the graduate admission criteria, please email us to determine if you could be admitted on a contingent basis.

    International students must meet additional criteria and will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Contact us for information and assistance.

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    We want to make sure your application to the online Master of Science in Applied Biotechnology goes smoothly. Visit the UW Extended Campus site for more information on the application and admission process.

    If you have questions, contact an enrollment adviser at 1-877-895-3276 or learn@uwex.edu.

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    This program at UW-Whitewater is a superior value at $875 USD per credit for the 2024-25 academic year — whether you are a Wisconsin resident, an out-of-state student, or an international student within the major. Non-major classes are charged at the standard resident/non-resident level. Visit the Tuition and Fees webpage for complete information.

    Course materials
    Graduate students can purchase textbooks and other instructional materials through the University Bookstore or elsewhere online. Students should verify what materials are needed with their instructor.

    Financial aid

    Students enrolled in a graduate certificate program only are not eligible for federal aid. 

    Students completing a certificate with a degree program may be eligible for financial aid in the form of grants, loans, scholarships, or employment. All of these make up a “Financial Aid Package” and may be offered singly or in various combinations. Since funds are limited, priority for aid is based on financial need and how promptly applications are filed. To find out if you qualify, or if you have other financial aid questions, contact the financial aid staff person assigned to you or try uwwfao@uww.edu or 262-472-1130.

    Like to learn more about degree options through UW-Whitewater School of Graduate Studies? There are a few ways you can get the information you need.

    Visit our information sessions website to select a virtual information session related to the program you are interested in.

    You can also fill out a request for information to connect with an advisor who can discuss your goals and help guide you to the right program to pursue your dreams.

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