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In late September/early October 2017, the application will open again for Fall 2018 application submission. 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. All requirement details, addresses, codes for ETS, and deadlines can also 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. If you have any questions regarding the program or admissions, please email us at

Deadlines: There are two deadlines to apply to the Masters of Biotechnology program; November 15 and March 15. Applications are generally reviewed within six weeks following each deadline. Please note only complete applications will be considered.

Decisions: 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.


Thinking of applying but unsure if Penn's Biotechnology Masters Program is right for you? Check out our Student Testimonial page to see what our students and recent alumni are saying! You can also view the Penn Engineering Masters Student Profile Instagram account to get an overlook at what general engineering students at Penn do as well as the University's Flickr Account to see general pictures from Penn events. Our single page brochure can be found here with highlights of the program and curriculum.

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 details about our program, please email us at



Additional links:

Tuition & Fees for Engineering

Tours of the University of Pennsylvania

Information on University City and Philadelphia



Internal: University of Pennsylvania Undergraduates
In addition to the submatriculation form (found on the link above), students are asked to submit a personal statement, CV/resume, transcript, and three letters of recommendation (one letter being from the major advisor) to the Biotechnology Department. 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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