Recommended coursework for a competitive application includes chemistry, organic chemistry, and additional science coursework. A minimum GPA of 2.5 is required by San José State University. Higher GPAs are more competitive. The Master of Biotechnology program only accepts applications for Fall admissions.

A variety of 4-year degrees are accepted into the program including biology, molecular biology, physiology, engineering, psychology, public health, zoology, chemistry and many more.  If you have questions, please contact the MBT directors with questions.

Admissions Checklist

Graduate Admission and Program Evaluation GAPE

Step 1- Apply to the University

  • Apply online at Cal State Apply
  • Pay application fee 
  • GRE scores or waiver
  • official transcripts
    • For domestic transcripts send to:

      Graduate Admissions
      San José State University
      One Washington Square
      San José, CA 95192-0100

    • For international transcripts send to World Education Service (WES).

  • Deadlines for application (GAPE)

Additional for International Applicants

  • Declaration of finance form (international applicants)
  • Copy of passport biographic page (international applicants)
  • TOEFL iBT 80 or IELTS 6.5 (minimum requirement for SJSU) 

Step 2 - Additional MBT Submission Requirements

  • Two letters of recommendation, a statement of purpose, and a resume should be either emailed to the MBT director ( or a hard copy can be sent to the address below:

    Sabine Rech, MBT Program Director
    Department of Biological Sciences
    San José State University
    One Washington Square
    San José, CA 95192-0100

  • Interview to be scheduled during Spring semester

Admission Requirements for MBT Program 

  • US 4-year Bachelor's degree or equivalent
  • General GRE-writing 4.0 (lower scores can be reviewed by the Directors)
  • Minimum GPA 2.5 (last two years of university coursework: 3.0 recommended)
  • TOEFL 80 or IELTS 6.5 (international) 
  • Financial statement as required by GAPE (international)