The admissions process selects highly qualified applicants into the MS program by considering each of the following criteria in judging the overall strength of the applicant. Typically, no single criterion is used as a sole determinant for admission.
- A bachelor's degree in biology and chemistry or a closely related field from an accredited university.
- An undergraduate grade point average of 3.00 or better (on a 4.00 scale) from an accredited institution is required for unconditional admission.
- English Proficiency Requirements Vary
- Fall Semester - July 1st
- Spring Semester - November 1st
- Summer Semester - May 1st
How to Apply
Start by reviewing these application tips to walk through the process, then put together your application packet:
- Complete online application
- Statement of Purpose
- Three letters of recommendation (including one from your current employer)
- Official transcripts from all institutions
Additional information for U.S. students
Tuition and Fees
Tuition and fees are $1,000/In State and $1,030/Out-of-State per credit hour. This includes costs for Friday dinner, Saturday and Sunday breakfast and lunch and books. Tuition and fees must be paid prior to the beginning of each academic semester.
Students in the U.S. could be eligible for financial aid and should contact the Purdue Financial Aid office. Students might also be eligible for tuition reimbursement if certain conditions are met within their company. For additional information about tuition reimbursement, interested individuals should contact their Educational Assistance Plan Administrator within their organization.
Students will be responsible for their housing. A hotel room block will be reserved and hotel information will be sent upon enrollment for students attending classes in West Lafayette. Students are welcome to utilize the room block or find other accommodations.
The BIRS concentration courses are offered in a blended format. Basic information is presented online and the advanced material, including difficult concepts and group projects, are presented on weekends. The courses are presented on weekends (three weekends per semester) at Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana. Participants attend classes 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. Fridays; 7:30 a.m.- 5:30 p.m. Saturdays; and 7:30 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. Sundays. In this format a student takes two courses per semester and can complete the master’s degree in two years.