The University of Wisconsin online Master of Science in Applied Biotechnology was created for adults like you who want to advance their potential. Whether your experience is in healthcare, agriculture, or industry, you will learn how to bring the best of biotechnology innovation to market, where it can do the most good.

This convenient, online degree allows you to study when and where you like, making it a great option if you are juggling multiple job and family responsibilities.

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The actual term ‘biotechnology’ was introduced by Karl Ereky, a Hungarian agricultural engineer, in his book Biotechnologie (abbr.), published in 1919 (and it stuck). By his definition, biotechnology was simply the process of using technology to convert raw, biological material into a useful product. That’s not so far from how we understand biotechnology today, but the tools we use are more sophisticated and the breadth of knowledge gained in the field has expanded. Today’s biotechnologists manipulate cells, chromosomes, DNA, and other building blocks of life.

11 courses. 31 credits. 100% online.


With an advanced degree in applied biotechnology, you can further your career in the biotechnology field. According to the Biotechnology Innovation Organization, since 2001 U.S. bioscience companies wage growth for the industry consistently exceeds other occupations. You’ll graduate from the University of Wisconsin program with a distinguished credential focused on the principles and techniques of biotechnology, which are all within the scope of the global biotechnology industry.


  • Ethical, Safety, and Privacy Concerns
  • Leading Edge and Emerging Techniques
  • Intellectual Property and Patents
  • Professional and Technical Communication
  • Experimental Design and Analysis
  • Organizational Leadership


The online learning format offers working adults a flexible, convenient way to pursue an advanced degree. Because the coursework in the program is entirely online, you can study and do homework whenever you like, wherever you have an internet connection. Courses have no set meeting times and you never need to come to campus. At the same time, you will have ready access to success coaches and top faculty from an institution employers respect.  


Tuition for the program is a flat fee of $850 per credit whether you live in Wisconsin or out of state, and financial aid is available for students who qualify. 

Program ineligible for international F-1/J-1 visa holders

Core Curriculum + Specialization Tracks: Design Your Path

You’ll acquire a foundation in the principles and techniques of biotechnology with a core curriculum comprised of six courses. Add one or more specialization tracks to finish your degree.


Ensure quality standards are met, from discovery to production. Focus on quality control and validation in product design, development, and manufacturing.


Learn marketing and commercialization strategies while exploring supply and distribution, sustainability, and project management in biotechnology from a global perspective.


R&D—where innovation begins. Evaluate scientific discovery and market value, navigate patent, intellectual property, and licensing requirements, and balance business growth with innovation.

Aptitude tests, such as the GMAT and GRE, are not required for admission.

You may be eligible for admission if you have:

  • Bachelor’s degree with a 3.0 or better grade point average (GPA)
  • Prerequisite coursework: two semesters college-level biology with lab and/or chemistry with lab

Students must satisfy all admission requirements before starting the program and will not be allowed to take outstanding prerequisite courses concurrently with introductory program courses. Students with a GPA of less than 3.0 may be considered for provisional admission. Program academic directors have the option to waive one or more of the above prerequisites based on student work experience and background.

Get Real-World Experience

Employers want to hire professionals with the right combination of knowledge and experience. That’s why the curriculum concludes with a capstone course. You’ll have the opportunity to complete a project for an actual workplace or other professional setting and apply what you’ve learned in the program to a real-world problem. Students often discover rewarding job opportunities and professional connections through their capstone experience.

Admission to the Master of Science in Applied Biotechnology program requires

  • Bachelor’s degree  3.0 GPA and a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0. Students with a GPA less than 3.0 may be considered for a provisional admission and should contact an enrollment adviser for more information.
  • Prerequisite coursework in:
  • 2 semesters of college level Biology and/or Chemistry with labs
  • Two letters of recommendation (may be professional or academic)
  • Your resume
  • A personal statement of personal intent of up to 1,000 words describing your decision to pursue this degree and what you believe you will bring to the field of biotechnology.
  • No required aptitude tests (e.g., GRE, GMAT)

University of Wisconsin institutions offering the online Master of Science in Applied Biotechnology are fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. The program has been approved by the University Wisconsin Board of Regents.

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