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Admissions: International Students

The M.P.S.: Biotechnology program is available for full-time enrollment. The program is designed to be completed in five consecutive academic semesters/session (2 years). International students on F-1 visas are required to maintain a full-time course load (9 credits per semester) during the fall and spring academic semesters. The summer session and a student's last semester are exempt from this full-time course load requirement. International students will be required to take one additional course to maintain the full-time course load for the regular academic semesters. International students can enroll in courses outside of the program to fulfill the additional elective required.

International students can enroll in courses outside of the program to fulfill the additional elective required. These additional credits can be used to earn Post-Baccalaureate Certificates.

International Student Admission Requirements

All students need to meet the following minimum requirements

*If you have a three-year degree versus a four-year degree, your transcript will be reviewed to determine whether you have met the necessary prerequisites for the program. Eligibility for admission can only be determined upon receipt of a complete application.

Application Process

All international applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible to allow sufficient time to receive all the necessary documents and to process and assess the application.

International applications are accepted for the Fall semester only. We encourage all international applicants to send in their documents at least six months prior to the start of the semester for which they are applying.

All documents should be mailed to:

UMBC Graduate School, M.P.S Biotechnology
1000 Hilltop Circle
Baltimore, MD 21250 U.S.A.

Your application packet should include the following documents:

*Please note: All international students are required to submit TOEFL scores unless you attended a university in an English-speaking country or hold an undergraduate degree from a U.S. institution. IELTS score or PTE Academic scores are accepted in substitution for TOEFL scores.

Obtaining Immigration Documents

If you intend to apply for an F-1 visa and require an I-20 from UMBC, please include the following additional documents with your application.

Send these documents after receipt admission acceptance. Note: I-20 is processed after formal acceptance into the program.

All immigration related questions should be addressed to International Education Services by phone at (410) 455-2624 or by e-mail,

If you require further assistance, please contact Nancy Clements or call 410-455-5536.

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