Frequently Asked Questions
Find answers to frequently asked questions about Master of Science in Molecular Biotechnology degree program.
What are the Admission/Application Requirements?
Check out the Master of Science in Molecular Biotechnology how to apply section.
Are there prerequisite courses?
The program website identifies the courses (or their equivalent) that should have been completed, specifically: General chemistry with laboratory (two semesters), Organic chemistry with laboratory (minimum of one semester), Calculus (one semester), Physics (one semester), Biological sciences (two semesters), Biochemistry (one semester), Genetics (one semester), and Cell biology (one semester).
What are the costs of the program?
Visit the costs and financial aid page for information. Tuition is subject to change every year. There are additional campus and laboratory fees students also pay.
What are the living arrangement options for students?
There are no dorms at KU Medical Center campus. Students typically find housing in apartments in the metro area.
How do I apply for financial aid?
All student loans must be obtained through KU Medical Center. This includes students currently attending the KU-Lawrence campus. For student loan opportunities, assistance and forms, please visit the Student Financial Aid website.
Program starting dates
We admit students to start during the fall semester only. There is no spring semester intake. This is a five-semester program (fall, spring, summer, fall, spring).
Are there cut-off scores for the GRE?
Recent GRE scores (within the last two years) are part of the admission requirements for the Master of Science in Molecular Biotechnology degree program. For the GRE general exam, successful applicants typically score at least in the 70th percentile in the Quantitative Reasoning section.
An applicant must score at least a 2.5 in the Analytical Writing section to be considered for admission. However, we do not set minimal cut-off scores for either the Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning sections. GRE scores should be sent from ETS to school code 6895.
What are the transcript requirements?
Transcripts are required from all institutions that you have attended. Transcripts should be sent by your academic institutions directly to: MB Admissions, Dept. of Clinical Laboratory Sciences, Mail Stop 4048, 3901 Rainbow Blvd., Kansas City, KS 66160.
What are the transcript requirements for international students? International applicants must arrange to have their transcripts evaluated by World Education Services OR Educational Credential Evaluators. The evaluation must include a course-by-course evaluation, grade evaluation, and indicate the degree earned in U.S. terms (bachelor's, master's, doctorate, etc.). Please see the information for international applicants page for more details about this procedure.
An official copy of the evaluation should be sent directly from the evaluation service to: MB Admissions, Dept. of Clinical Laboratory Sciences, Mail Stop 4048, 3901 Rainbow Blvd., Kansas City, KS 66160. Please note that transcripts and grades earned outside the U.S. must be evaluated, even if classes were taught in English and the transcript is written in English.
What are the English language proficiency requirements for international students?
For international students, TOEFL or IELTS scores are required as part of your application. The English language proficiency requirements for the University of Kansas Medical Center can be found on the academic English requirements page. Minimal acceptable scores for the various sections of the TOEFL or IELTS exam can be found at the above website. TOEFL scores should be sent from ETS to school code 6895.
IELTS scores should be sent directly from IELTS to: MB Admissions, Dept. of Clinical Laboratory Sciences, Mail Stop 4048, 3901 Rainbow Blvd., Kansas City, KS 66160.
Am I eligible for scholarships or tuition waivers?
Currently, the program does not offer teaching assistantships, research assistantships, stipends or tuition waivers. Therefore, you must be prepared to support yourself during the entire program. Some practicum sites treat students as high-paid employees while others are unpaid. We recommend students anticipate their expenses accordingly.
What is the application deadline?
Applications received by February 1 are reviewed first. Applications continue to be accepted until the class is filled.
Can I do a phone interview for out-of-state applications?
The admissions committee would consider such a request.
Part-time or full-time enrollment?
Because of the practica in the second year of the program, we recommend enrollment as a full-time student.
Health insurance opportunities
All students are required to have health insurance. The student admissions office on campus has information about acceptable insurance policies for students. Please contact that office to determine the cost.
Official uniform requirements
There are no uniform requirements while students are taking courses at KU Medical Center, but they are required to dress appropriately while at practica sites.
Is the background check required when applying to the program?
No, not during the application process. Students are required to follow the background check procedure once accepted into the program and to complete it before enrolling in classes.