Master of Science in Applied Molecular Biology Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

Plan A: Two-Year Program
To qualify for admission an applicant must have:

  1. B.S. or B.A. degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  2. Grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.00 in their major (4.00 basis).
  3. Satisfactory Graduate Record Examination scores.
  4. Completed the following courses of their equivalents:
    • Chemistry: two semesters of general chemistry, two semesters of organic chemistry.
    • Biology: two semesters of introductory biology with laboratory, one semester of genetics, one semester of biochemistry, one semester of molecular biology with laboratory, and one additional upper level laboratory course.
    • Physics: two semesters of physics
    • Mathematics: two semesters of calculus, or one semester of calculus and one semester of discrete mathematics or probability.

Plan B: Combined B.S./M.S. Program
Students in the molecular biology and bioinformatics B.S. program can apply for admission to the M.S. program in the spring of their junior year. To qualify for admission an applicant must have:

  1. Cumulative GPA of at least 3.30 (4.00 basis)
  2. Approval of the Molecular Biology Programs Committee.

Application Procedure

Application materials may be obtained from:

Applied Molecular Biology Program Office
Biological Sciences
UW-Parkside 900 Wood Road, P.O. 2000
Kenosha, WI 53141

Applications may also be made on our website. To apply to the program a student must submit the following:
  1. A completed application form.
  2. A non-refundable appliaction fee, payable to UW-Parkside.
  3. GRE scores and official transcripts sent directly to the Master in Science in Applied Molecular Biology Program office by each undergraduate and post-graduate institution the applicant attended.*
  4. Curriculum vitae.
  5. Three letters of recommendation.*
  6. (Optional) Additional materials such as those listed below for applicants seeking probationary admission.
*Items marked with an asterisk are not required for students completing their B.S. degree at UW-Parkside.

International students whose native language is not English are required to meet the additional requirements in the section "International Students".

Admission on Probation

Under unusual circumstances a program faculty member may recommend probationary admission for an applicant who has not met all admission requirements, provided other substantial evidence of capacity to do satisfactory graduate work is presented. This evidence could include letters of recommendation and/or evidence of work experience related to the program. Students missing one or more prerequisites or courses will be considered for probationary admission. Deficiencies must be made up by the end of the first year of enrollment.
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