U.S./Domestic Applicants

We are excited for you to consider earning your Master's of Microbial Biotechnology from North Carolina State University!

Please note that all applicants must apply through The Graduate School, and that the MMB program offers Fall admission only. The deadline for completed applications is May 1st for domestic students. 

 (This link takes you the Graduate School application site; it does not begin the application)

The following items are required as part of the application package:

1) Official transcripts. You may initially apply with unofficial transcripts, though if you are accepted then you will need to send official transcripts before you can register for classes.

  • GPA requirements: 3.0 or greater.  If your GPA is below a 3.0, you will likely be required to take one to three additional graduate-level courses before being considered for admission.
  • All MMB students are required to have a four-year bachelor's degree in a life science or biotechnology. If you are an international student and have a three-year degree, please see the bottom of this page for more information.
  • All MMB students must have taken an undergraduate Microbiology and a Biochemistry course and earned a "B-" or better.  If you did not receive a "B-" or better you may be required to retake the course(s) prior to beginning the program. Prospective students who did not take one or both will be required to complete one or both courses prior to the start of the program. Applicants may apply to the program before completing any of the prerequisites, but you must finish and receive a grade of "B-" or higher before beginning the program.

2) Official GRE scores. The average current GRE test scores of accepted MMB students are listed below, as well as the estimated score in the new scoring system. No subject test is required. Scores are good for five years from the test date.


Average Test Scores of Accepted MMB Students

GRE Test Section

General Test taken after 8/1/2011*(number in parentheses refers to the minimum score needed to be considered for admission)

General Test taken prior to 8/1/2011*

Verbal Reasoning

156 (146)

500 (400)

Quantitative Reasoning

153 (147)

680 (500)

Analytical Writing

> 4.0 (3.0)

> 4.0 (3.0)

*The MMB program will not review applications with GRE scores below the minimums listed above.

For more information on the GRE test, visit the ETS website.

The Institutional Code for NCSU is 5496. You do not need to enter a Departmental Code in order for your scores to be accessed by MMB staff.

3) Official TOEFL or IELTS scores (for International students). TOEFL or IELTS test date must be no older than two years (24 months) prior to the beginning of the requested entry term. This is not required if you are a citizen of a country where English is the official language and the language of instruction in higher education, or have successfully completed at least one year of full-time study in a degree program at a four-year US college or university.  For more information please go to the Graduate School's web page.

4) 3 letters of recommendation from professional (not personal) references.

5) Personal statement of interest (typically two to three pages long). The MMB program stands as a unique type of graduate program, one that emphasizes formation of industry contacts and completion of real-world projects in a company setting (not research). We strive to select candidates that represent good fits for the program. Thus, in the personal statement, applicants should show understanding of the scope of this program and clearly convey how the program will likely prepare them to accomplish their professional goals. We further look to gain perspective about the applicant from the personal statement. Applicant background, what has led them to choose the MMB program, and post-graduation goals represent important features of the statement. Please feel free to discuss prior and current research experiences, but remember that the Master's of Microbial Biotechnology is not a research-oriented degree. 

Again, all applicants must apply through The Graduate School.

Other links of interest:

NC State's Office of International Services

NC State's Cashier's Office

Academic Common Market 



 (This link takes you the Graduate School application site; it does not begin the application)