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Fall 2016 Master of Biotechnology Application

Priority Deadlines:

  • Round One: February 26, 2016
  • Round Two: May 20, 2016

You must apply to the program through this website ONLY.  Please review the following instructions to apply to the Master of Biotechnology Program.  The instructions must be followed exactly to receive full consideration for admission to the program.  We look forward to reveiwing your application and all supporting documents by the deadline.

STEP 1: Submit your application to CSUSM

Application Instructions:

A. Click the following link: MBt Program Application
B. Click the "Register" link and follow the instructions to create your account. Be sure to write down your username and password to use at a later time.
C. Click the "Start New Application" link and update the fields with the following information:

  • Country of Citizenship: Please enter your Country of Citizenship
  • Career: Graduate or Second Bachelor Degree
  • Admit Term: Fall 2016
  • Program: Graduate Program
  • Plan: Master of Biotechnology; A Professional Science Masters
  • Click the Start Application button.

D. Reference Contact Information: CSUSM requires each applicant to provide the Full Name and Email Address of two recommenders in this section.  At least one recommender should be from an academic source and one should be frome a professional source. The recommenders should be familiar with the applicant's capacity for academic and professional success. The recommender form will be available in October 2015. Once the applicant has completed this section, they can provide the form link to their recommenders. The recommenders are required to complete the form and either a) mail the form back to CSUSM at the address below or b) email the form to a designated email address (to be provided in October 2015).

E. Submit additional supporting documents:

  • Official Score Report of the General GRE
  • Two letters of recommendation -
    • Written by persons familiar with the applicant's capacity for academic or professional success
    • Letters must have the signatures of the authors, and their contact information
    • Letters may be emailed as attachments to
  • A one-page personal statement describing applicant's reasons for pursuing the Biotechnology Program -
    • Include information valuable to the Review Committee
    • Statement may be emailed to

Letters of Recommendation and personal statement may be delivered to the CSUSM Extended Learning office:

California State University San Marcos
Attn: Extended Learning, MBt
333 South Twin Oaks Valley Road
San Marcos, CA 92096-0001

F. Click on Validate to confirm all required fields are complete. Fill in all required fields, then click on Validate again. Once all the fields have been validated, check the box certifying that your application is accurate and click the Submit button.

Once you have completed your application online, you will be prompted to pay a non-refundable $55 program application fee. Your application will not officially be submitted until payment has been received. Upon submission of your application, you will receive an email within 48 hours confirming receipt of your application. If you do not receive a confirmation email, log into your account and ensure the status of your application states "Posted". An application in any other status than "Posted" has not been successfully submitted to the Unversity.

STEP 2: Submit official transcripts to CSUSM

In addition to submitting the University application and application fee, you must equest and submit one official transcript from each academic institution attended.

Mail: All official transcripts must be enclosed in sealed envelopes and mailed or delivered to:

Office of Admissions and Recruitment
California State University San Marcos
333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Road
San Marcos, CA 92096

Electronic*: Electronic transcripts provided through external, or third party vendors (Credential Solutions, Docufile, Parchment, etc.) must email the transcripts to the following email address:

Revised/New Transcripts: Students submitting updated transcripts or transcripts from institutions not listed on the original application should email to indicate the transcript has been sent. Please include your full name, the school from which the transcript was sent and the program name of MBt.

International students please note: You must submit academic records from foreign institutions.  The original foreign transcript must be on file and if they are not written in English, they must be accompanied by certified English translations.  In addition, all foreign transcripts must be evaluated by one of the eight approved CSUSM foreign transcript evaluation agencies.  Please the list of the eight approved CSUSM foreign transcript evaluation agencies.

STEP 3: Satisfy English Proficiency Requirement (Applicants who have taken coursework internationally only):

All applicants, regardless of citizenship, who do not possess a bachelor's degree from a postsecondary institution where English is the principal language of instruction must satisfy the English language proficiency requirement. Typically, applicants demonstrate the English Proficiency requirement by submitting results from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam. Submission of these test scores should be sent to the following address:

California State University San Marcos
ATTN: Extended Learning, MBt
333 South Twin Oaks Valley Road
San Marcos, CA 92096-0001

Please note: We encourage applicants to submit the documents listed above in one packet; however, we understand this may not be possible. Please review your Student Center at MYCSUSM to ensure we have received your documents in a timely manner.

Provided below are the CSU required minimum scores for each TOEFL total score format:




Undergraduate  500  173


Graduate  550  213