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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is a "Professional" Science Master degree?

A Professional Science Master degree is a new philosophy in graduate science education. In this program, science students combine advanced scientific training with developing the workplace skills employers value (e.g., communication skills, team-building, business development, etc.).

In a PSM degree program, instead of a thesis, students complete an industry practicum project each semester.

When do you review applications?

We review applications for fall admission only. We admit students on a rolling basis and review applications at the beginning of the spring semester.

When is the best time to apply?

We typically receive most applications between January and March. We allocate about 15 seats for each cohort and offer admission on a rolling basis. Thus, the timing of your application is essential. For example, we might fill the next cohort before May 1, which means we may not consider applications submitted after this date, even if submitted before the deadline.

What does the application packet include?

The application packet includes:

  • An official transcript
  • GRE scores
  • TOEFL score (international applicants only)

What is an "industry practicum project?"

MMB students complete three practicum projects over three semesters. They collect practical, industry-related experience through the coursework and project elements.


Students spend the first few weeks of each semester learning about topics related to the biotechnology industry, attending seminars led by industry guest speakers, and practicing their oral and written communication skills. During the semester, students work in assigned teams to complete practicum projects developed by partnering companies in the Research Triangle Park (RTP) area. The companies and teams change each semester to increase students’ exposure to different companies and foster versatility in teamwork. Visit the Industry Practicum page to learn more. ?

What are the costs associated with the MMB Program?

2018-2019 NC Residents Out-of-State Residents
Tuition and Fees $11,027 $26,502
Books and Supplies $854 $854
Housing $8,802 $8,802
Meals $4,236 $4,236
Personal/Travel Expenses $3,740 $3,740
Loan Fees $162 $162
TOTAL $28,821 $44,510

What are the options for financial support?

We cannot guarantee financial aid and advise students to prepare to pay their educational expenses. However, we try to secure teaching assistant (TA) positions for many MMB students. The number of available TA positions each semester varies; typically, we select 10 to 15 students per year. Visit the Financial Support page to learn more.

How do out-of-state residents establish North Carolina residency for tuition purposes?

North Carolina will consider you a resident after one year of residency. We encourage out-of-state students to apply for residency before their first fall semester. Submit the application beginning June 1. 

Requirements of legal residency:

  • Have 12 months of physical presence in North Carolina
  • Have the financial and legal ability to establish a domicile
  • Demonstrate intent to make North Carolina your home aside from attending school

A suggested action plan to complete before the start of your first-year classes:

  • Legally reside in North Carolina
  • Register to vote
  • Register your car
  • Apply for an N.C. driver’s license
  • Earn an N.C. stipend/income

Can international students apply to be classified as North Carolina residents for tuition purposes?

Yes, some international students may apply for North Carolina residency classification. These students' Tuition Reclassification Applications will be evaluated similarly to U.S. citizens.

Other international students may have visas with restrictions on time limits or activities while in the U.S. or that specify an explicit intention to return to his or her home country. Students with these visas cannot establish legal residence and receive the North Carolina resident tuition rate. Such visa categories include B, C, D, F, J, M, P, Q, and S.

International students who believe they meet the criteria for the North Carolina resident tuition rate may submit a North Carolina Tuition Reclassification Application and supplemental form for non-U.S. citizens. 

Is there a departmental code required to report GRE scores to MMB Program staff?

No. The institutional code for NC State University is 5496. If you apply that code, we will have access to your GRE scores.

How many credit hours can non-degree seeking students transfer into the MMB program, if accepted?

Students may request a transfer of up to 12 credit hours into their graduate degree program. Transferred hours are subject to NC State Graduate School approval, rules and procedures.

How many graduates find jobs within six months of graduation?

We have a 94% job placement rate within six months of graduation. Also, many of our students enroll in the Jenkins MBA program at NC State following graduation.

Can an applicant be admitted with a GPA of less than 3.0 or grades lower than B- in microbiology and biochemistry?

Yes. If an applicant submits an otherwise strong application, we may select him or her to move on to the interview portion of the admission process. However, that applicant may be required to complete biochemistry, microbiology, or other graduate courses and earn a B- or better to receive full admission into the MMB program.

Do I need industry work experience before applying to the MMB program?

No. We do not require work-related experience for admission. Previously, MMB cohorts have been a mix of recent graduates and those with multiple years of industry experience.

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