Admissions Requirements


  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, preferably in the life sciences with a GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. (Applicants with degrees in other disciplines may be admitted with relevant work experience.)
  • Two semesters of biology
  • Two semesters of college general chemistry, preferably with laboratories.
  • Two semesters of college organic chemistry (students without the course work may be admitted provisionally but must complete Bio-Organic Chemistry)
  • A minimum two years of full-time progressive work experience after completion of undergraduate studies.

How to Apply

Individuals who wish to apply for the dual MS in Biotechnology/MBA program must apply through the Advanced Academic Programs. The MS in Biotechnology program will consider applicants for the MS in Biotechnology portion of the degree, while the MBA program will consider applicants for the MBA portion of the degree. An individual can be accepted into one, both, or neither of the programs.

  1. Complete the Online Application.
  2. Upload the following required materials to the Online Application*:
    1. A 500-word statement of purpose
      Discuss why you wish to pursue the MS in Biotechnology/MBA program. Focus on your long-term goals and how this academic program will complement these goals. Discuss the strengths of your academic and professional background, as well as any additional comments that will assist in evaluating your application materials.
    2. One-page resume or Curriculum Vitae
    3. Two letters of recommendation. The recommendation form found on the online application is required.
  3. Submit the application and pay the $75 fee when you have uploaded all the necessary materials (listed above).
  4. Official Transcripts

    JHU AAP accepts official transcripts that are electronically sent directly from the granting institution and emailed to

    If your institution does not provide electronic transcripts, request that your institution send an official transcript directly to:

    Johns Hopkins University
    Advanced Academic Programs
    Transcript Processing Center
    32 Mount Joy Street, Suite 300
    Mount Joy, PA 17552

  5. If you have international coursework, send in the course-by-course credential evaluation. Study abroad may be exempt. Visit the International Applicants page to learn more.
  6. If English is your second language, you may be required to take the TOEFL or IELTS examination. Visit the International Applicants page to learn more.

* Admission to the MBA portion of the dual degree may require the GMAT or GRE. A waiver from these exams may be approved if a candidate has:

  1. Completed a graduate degree and can demonstrate quantitative ability through coursework of B or better in Statistics, Corporate Finance or Microeconomics
  2. Completed an undergraduate degree and has at least five years of professional experience. Applicant has also taken at least one course in Statistics, Corporate Finance, and Microeconomics and earned a B or better and earned an overall GPA of 3.0 or better.
  3. Holds a professional designation such as CPA or CFA.

Submit results directly to the Advanced Academic Programs Office of Admissions, using the code 8747. Photocopies will not be accepted.

Johns Hopkins Undergraduate Students

Recent Johns Hopkins undergraduates may apply to a special program that allows them to accelerate their time to degree completion. The admissions committee may waive up to two courses on a case-by-case basis which allows recent Johns Hopkins undergraduates to complete the MS in Biotechnology taking eight courses instead of the required ten.

Provisional Student Status

If you do not meet all the requirement criteria for admissions, you may still be admitted to a program as a provisional student. Admission in these cases are determined on a case-by-case basis. To learn more about the provisional student status, please go to our FAQ page.

No Application Deadline

Applications are accepted year-round and students may apply to enroll for Summer, Fall or Spring semesters. There are no strict application deadlines. However, it is recommended that students submit all of their application materials at least 6 weeks prior to the start of the semester (international students should apply at least 3 months before the semester starts). For more information about our application process, click here.