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We are currently accepting PSMBt Program Applications for the Fall 2014 until the cohort is full (24 students) .

PSMBt Program Application

Once you have submitted your application, you will be prompted to pay the non-refundable $105 Application Fee. You should receive both an email confirming your application submission and your payment. 

Note: Should you be offered admission into this program, you will be asked to pay a $150 "intent to enroll" fee upon acceptance.This fee will be credited towards your first semester's fees.

Once you have completed the online Program Application, additional requirements are:

  • Official transcripts -
    • One set of official, hard copy transcripts from all colleges or universities attended
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) -
    • Official scores report of the General GRE (Institution code: 4626- CSUSM MS Biotech)
  • 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 (email to: jlitsche@csusm.edu)
  • A one-page personal statement describing applicant's reasons for pursuing a Master of Biotechnology
    • Include information valuable to the Review Committee
    • Statement may be emailed also

All documents must be delivered to the CSUSM Extended Learning office:


CSUSM - Extended Learning
Attn: Jill Litschewski, PSMBt
333 South Twin Oaks Valley Road
San Marcos, CA 92096-0001

Note: A $250 "intent to enroll" fee must be paid upon acceptance into the program to ensure your place in the cohort. This fee will be credited towards your first semester's fees.

International / Foreign Student Admissions Requirements:

  • For all degree programs offered by Extended Learning, "foreign students" are defined as those who are students with U.S. visas, exchange visitors, or other nonimmigrant classifications. 

 Academic Records Official Transcripts -

If not in English, the transcripts must have certified English Translations.

Transcripts must also be evaluated course-by-course by an approved Foreign Transcript Evaluation agency. 

Evaluation Agencies

Original Foreign transcripts, with English Translations, and the Transcript Evaluation must be delivered to the CSUSM Extended Learning address listed above.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - Regardless of citizenship status:

  • If applicant's bachelor's degree was earned from a post-secondary institution where English is not the principal language -
  • The applicant must complete the TOEFL and submit the scores of the TOEFL
  • See Program Requirements for more details
  • See the California Code of Regulations pertaining to all campuses of the California State University:

Sections 40752.1, 40802.1, and 41040 of Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations clearly state that competence in the English language must be documented by applicants for admission who have not attended for at least three years an education institution at the secondary level or beyond where English is the principal language of instruction.

  • TOEFL is available in three scoring formats:

  • Paper-based testing
  • Computer-based testing
  • Internet-based testing


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

Paper-Based

 Computer-Based

 Internet-Based

Undergraduate  500  173

 61

Graduate  550  213

 80