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We are excited that you want to earn a Master of Microbial Biotechnology from NC State University!

Before you begin the application process, be sure to review the application requirements and note the following admission requirements for the MMB program at NC State:

  • All applicants must apply through The Graduate School
  • The MMB program offers fall admission only
  • Application Deadlines:
    • May 1 for domestic students
    • March 1 for international applicants
  • It is recommended that MMB students have completed an undergraduate microbiology and biochemistry course and earned a B- or above. The MMB program will consider other courses or experiences as substitutes on a case-by-case basis. 
  • Students must have a GPA of 3.0 or greater. If your GPA is below a 3.0, you may be required to take one to three additional graduate-level courses before being considered for admission.
  • Official GRE scores are NOT a required part of the application.

Application Requirements

The following items are required as part of your application:

International applicants with a three-year degree must have their degree credentialed through an agency such as World Education Service or National Association of Credential Evaluation Services.

Although GRE scores are not required, applicants may opt to send them with the application. The Institutional Code for NC State University is 5496. A departmental code is not required.

Average GRE scores of students accepted into the MMB program:

GRE Test SectionGeneral Test Scores
Verbal Reasoning156 (146)
Quantitative Reasoning153 (147)
Analytical Writing> 4.0 (3.0)

International Students only. The test date must be no more than two years old (24 monthsprior to the beginning of the requested entry term.

Note: These test scores are 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 U.S. college or university.

Provide a 1-2 page personal statement addressing the following: The MMB Program is a Professional Science Master’s that integrates graduate-level STEM and MBA coursework with practical industry experiences. Describe how the MMB program aligns with and will facilitate your career goals. You may share any additional relevant information that you would like us to consider. (e.g. educational background, co-curricular experiences, or professional experience)

Three-Year Bachelor’s Degree

  • The Graduate School only accepts three-year bachelor’s degrees from institutions within the Bologna Process. If the institution is not part of this organization, the applicant is required to provide the Graduate School with an evaluation of the transcript for the three-year degree by an international credential evaluation company.
  • We accept international credential evaluations from members of NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services). AICE (Association of International Credential Evaluators), or AACRAO (American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers). Others may be acceptable as well, but please check with the Graduate School if a question as to the appropriateness of the evaluation arises.
  • The requirement for an evaluation will be waived if the individual earned a master’s degree or higher from an accredited institution.