Admissions Information and Requirements

Admissions Information and Requirements 2017-02-03T16:01:13+00:00

Admissions Information and Requirements

Application for enrollment in the medical biotechnology program begins with the completion and submission of the graduate college application, which can be found on the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Web site.

All applicants are required to upload their documents and academic credentials electronically to satisfy both program-specific requirements and admission/institutional requirements. Please visit the Graduate Admissions website for more details on the document upload process: http://oar.uic.edu/grad/document_upload
MBT Admission Requirements
A baccalaureate degree or its equivalent in a science-related field from an accredited college or university will be required, except in special cases. Prior academic work is best suited if it includes college mathematics (e.g., algebra and statistics), general and advanced biology, and general and organic chemistry courses. Other admission requirements include:
  • A Grade Point Average of at least 3.0 out of 4.0 for the final 60 semester hours (90 quarter hours) of undergraduate study. The student’s cumulative grade point average for any post-baccalaureate course work must be 3.0 out of 4.0 or greater.
  • Transcripts are required from all institutions where the applicant earned the last 60 semester hours (90 quarter hours) of credit toward the baccalaureate degree and from all institutions where post-baccalaureate work has been done.
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) general exam is required. The GRE may be waived for applicants with sufficient work experience (5+ years typically) in the biotechnology- or science- related field on a case by case basis.
  • All international applicants are required to submit official scores from either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), unless they meet the exemptions listed below. Minimum TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based) or 213 (computer-based) or  TOEFL internet Based Test (iBT) total of 80 or greater, with sub scores of Reading 20, Listening 18, Speaking 21 and Writing 21 are required. The TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT) is the preferred test.  Note: Exemptions to the TOEFL requirement are :
1) Native English speakers.
2) Non-native English speakers who have completed two consecutive years of full-time high school or university study in the U.S. or another country where the only official language of the country is English.
3) Non-native English speakers who have a minimum of one year full-time employment in the U.S. or other country where the only official language of the country is English. Applicants must submit a letter from their employer verifying at least 12 consecutive months of employment and describing their English language ability.
Special note: Applicants from countries where the official language of the country is not English, but who attended a university where English was the language of instruction, are not exempt from submitting TOEFL or IELTS scores.
  • Three (3) original letters of reference with signatures are required. If an applicant is employed, one of the letters of reference must come from the employer confirming the employer’s commitment to student participation. The other letters should be from former professors, teachers or persons who can refer the candidate based on personal experience with respect to his or her academic competence and accomplishments.
  • A personal statement of the applicant’s career goals and plans for use of the MBT degree training.
Applications will not be processed by the Master of Science in Medical Biotechnology program until all required documentation is received.
See our MBT Frequently Asked Questions page for more information or contact us at mbt@uic.edu.