Professor Neil Simister


Biotechnology is a rapidly growing sector of the United States and global economies. Its products are increasingly important in diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of disease. Visit the Professional Science Master's in Biotechnology page to read about how the program equips students with skills to enter and advance in this dynamic industry and learn more about our dual MS/MBA in Biotechnology.

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DEIS Scholarship

The DEIS Scholarship is designed to support U.S. citizens and permanent residents from historically underrepresented backgrounds (including first generation college graduates), as well as those who demonstrate a history of activism in support of underrepresented communities in pursuing a world-class Brandeis education. Applicants to the Biotechnology program are eligible for consideration. 

How to Apply

Admission Deadline

MS (Professional Science Master's): Rolling through May 1; application review begins March 15. (Please note that the application may be closed earlier if the desired cohort size is reached prior to May 1; questions can be emailed to

MS Biotech/MBA: Rolling through May 1; application review begins March 15.

Five-Year Bachelor's/Master's Program: Brandeis undergraduates interested in this option should apply to GSAS in their junior year. Read additional details about the five-year program on the Biotech website

Admission Prerequisites

  • Two semesters of college-level biology coursework, with laboratory

  • Two semesters of college-level chemistry coursework, with laboratory

  • Two semesters of college-level organic chemistry coursework, with or without laboratory

  • Please note that a minimum of one year of part-time or full-time research in a life-science laboratory (academic or industry) is also required. Courses in biochemistry, economics or business may be helpful but are not required.

Application Requirements

To apply for the program, you need to submit:

  • An online application

  • An application fee

  • Transcripts from all universities and colleges attended must be uploaded to your application; do not send official transcripts to our office. Official transcripts sent prior to an offer of admission will be destroyed. For more information, visit Frequently Asked Questions.

  • Two letters of recommendation, submitted electronically. The Bachelor's/MS program requires only one letter of recommendation.

  • A curriculum vitae (CV) or resumé, which should include your educational history, employment experience, and other relevant information. Additionally, it is important to note the prerequisite courses for entrance to the Biotechnology program, which are provided in the section above. In your CV, please include a list of the prerequisite courses you have taken. Please list the institution at which the course was taken and the grade you received, if applicable. If you have not yet taken a particular course, please note when you plan to take the course and at what institution, if possible.

  • A statement of purpose indicating your reasons for undertaking graduate study. In addition, please describe your qualifications for the program. Also, please outline your specific interests and any experience in the biosciences workforce. Applicants to the dual bachelor's/master's program should also describe how their bachelor's degree requirements can be met while enrolling in graduate courses during their senior year.

  • The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) If you are applying to the MS (Professional Science Master's) program or to the five-year BA/MS or BS/MS, please do not send your scores to Brandeis. Those that are sent will not be included in the application materials for review. Results from the GRE general test or GMAT are waived for MS/MBA applicants who have earned or will earn a degree from an accredited institution of higher education in the United States prior to enrolling at Brandeis; results from the GRE or GMAT are required for MS/MBA applicants who have not earned or will not earn a degree from an accredited institution of higher education in the United States prior to enrolling at Brandeis. Please note that MyBest™ scores from ETS will not be accepted. Our institution codes are 3092 for GRE (this ETS institution code only applies to GRE scores) and 3FD-1Z-75 for GMAT.

  • International applicants should visit our International Students page to determine if official results from an English language proficiency exam are also required.

For a more comprehensive description of application requirements, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

“The biotechnology graduate program at Brandeis focuses on core skills as well as scientific knowledge. The competition for jobs is furious, and this program is structured with intensive labs and informative seminars that mold students into competitive candidates in the biotech industry. Simply looking at the list of companies where students from this program have been employed shows the rich value this program has to offer.”

Michael Chi MS '14