FAQ

Is there a residency requirement?

Students enrolled in the MS in Biotechnology Program are not required to come to campus at any time during the program. However, not all concentrations can be completed fully online (see FAQ#5).

Is this program open to International Students?

International students are welcome to apply to the MS in Biotechnology program. Students who earned their post-secondary degree(s) outside of the United States must take the TOEFL and have a course-by-course evaluation of their transcripts by service such as the World Education Service (WES). The TOEFL score and WES evaluation should be sent directly to the admissions office. To maintain their visa status, students with F-1 visa status must be enrolled in a minimum of three courses per Fall and Spring terms, of which only one can be an online course. International students should visit the frequently asked questions page for international students on the AAP website, http://advanced.jhu.edu/prospective-students/international-applicants/.

How many courses are required? Are there any electives?

This is a 10 course program: four core courses, and six electives, two of which must be from bioscience. The remaining four electives may be bioscience, regulatory science, biotechnology enterprise. Students may take more than 10 courses, and completion of the thesis option requires a total of 11 courses (see FAQ#4).

Does this degree require an independent research project and thesis?

There is no independent research project or thesis requirement for this degree. Students can choose to do an independent research project as one of their electives. This elective course is an option after a student has completed at least eight graduate-level courses and compiled a strong academic record. Students must find their own mentor and submit a research proposal to the biotechnology program committee for approval before starting the project. Students who have completed an independent research project and biostatistics may apply to complete a thesis. Students will complete two semesters of research and defend their work to the thesis committee. Students that choose this option will complete their degree with at least 11 courses.

How many of my courses can I take online?

You may complete the degree requirements for the MS in Biotechnology completely online. You may also take a combination of online and onsite courses, or complete the degree wholly through onsite courses. However, note that the Concentration in Biodefense and the Concentration in Molecular Targets and Drug Discovery Technologies require some on-site courses.

Do I have to choose a concentration?

You do not have to choose a concentration. The majority of our students do not concentrate. If you would like, you may concentrate in Biodefense, Bioinformatics, Molecular Targets and Drug Discovery, Regulatory Science, or Biotechnology Enterprise.

Are courses online different from the courses taken in the classroom?

The content covered in the online version of a course is the same as the content in the onsite course.

Can I still apply if I don’t have all the pre-requisites?

You may apply if you do not have all the pre-requisites. Students without adequate organic chemistry may be admitted provisionally to take the non-credit course 410.302 Bio-Organic Chemistry, which is available online.

Am I required to take the GRE or TOEFL?

The GRE is not required but the admissions committee reserves the right to request a GRE score to evaluate an application. The TOEFL test is required if your undergraduate degree was not completed in the United States. You must have at least a minimum score of 600 on the paper test, 250 on the computer based exam, and 100 on the internet based exam to be considered for admission.

How much does the program cost?

Students pay by the course. Currently, the tuition fee is $3,662 per course. A technology fee of $150 will be added for each online course for which a student registers. At current tuition, the entire program will cost approximately $36,000.

How long do I have to complete the program?

You have up to five years to complete the program. If you do not register for any classes for three semesters you will be considered inactive and you will need to reapply to the program in order to continue.

Am I eligible for financial aid?

Any enrolled or accepted student who is a U.S. Citizen, permanent resident or eligible non-citizen may apply. Student must be enrolled at least in two courses or six credits per semester. For frequently asked questions on financial aid go to: http://www.jhu.edu/finaid/part_time_faq.html

Can I transfer from the MS in Biotechnology into the MS in Bioinformatics, MS in Regulatory Science or Master of Biotechnology Enterprise and Entrepreneurship?

Yes, you may request a transfer. To do so, follow the directions outlined in the Change of Program Form. Students are not automatically admitted to the requested program; their documents are reviewed by the appropriate Admissions Committee according to the stipulations of the requested program. If admitted, all relevant coursework completed by the student will be counted toward the new degree.

What are the fellowships?

The NCI Molecular Target and Drug Discovery Fellowship was jointly developed by The Johns Hopkins University and the Center for Cancer Research/National Cancer Institute (CCR/NCI). This innovative graduate program prepares the next generation of scientists in drug discovery technologies. Fellows earn an MS in Biotechnology with a concentration in Molecular Targets and Drug Discovery Technologies, participate in important cancer research, work in CCR/NCI laboratories, and receive paid tuition for up to two years and an annual stipend. Students who are recent post-baccalaureates and meet both the CCR/NCI Fellowship and MS in Biotechnology degree requirements may apply for this fellowship.

Note: Applicants must be a US citizen or permanent resident and have graduated from an accredited university/college.

How do I apply to the program?

To apply to the MS in Biotechnology Program use the online application system, EMT Apply Yourself. Link to the online application.

Whom should I contact for more information?

For advising, contact Dr. Meredith Safford, Coordinator, Center for Biotechnology Education, or biotechnology@jhu.edu.