The Program for Applied Biotechnology Studies

Application Process - Detailed Steps

Students with bachelor's degrees in molecular or cellular biology, biochemistry, applied mathematics, engineering, computer science, physics or business and an interest in working in biotechnology, medical device or bioanalytics companies involved in these areas are encouraged to apply to the program.

There are two parts to the application process:

Step 1: PABS Program Application

  1. You will need to complete the program application (.doc) and return it, along with a set of transcripts, two letters of recommendation (.doc), and scores from either your GRE test, MCAT exam, DAT exam, or an electronic receipt indicating the date that you will take the test.*
  2. You must submit one set of official transcripts from all previous undergraduate and graduate education. A tentative admission decision can be made using unofficial transcripts, however, formal admission requires the receipt of official, sealed copies of the transcripts.
  3. You must wait to receive an acceptance decision from the program application before proceeding to Step 2.

*Note: If you are not able to take the GRE before the application deadline, please send information about when you will be taking the test, and when scores will be sent to the PABS program. You may submit formal GRE scores after the application deadline of June 1, 2014, however, your file may not be reviewed until all application components have been reviewed.

Because the PABS program admits in a rolling basis, we strongly encourage you to apply as early as possible.

Step 2: Acceptance Deposit

  1. The provisionally-accepted applicant must make a $750.00 deposit to the Extended Education Administrative Offices at Cal Poly Pomona. This deposit will be credited to program tuition and will be used to secure the student's seat in the cohort.
  2. Once this payment is received, the Program will send further instructions on how to complete the enrollment process.

Transcripts

Applicants must submit transcripts to the Program Director. Send to:

Dr. David Dyer
Director, PABS-MBT Program
Department of Biological Science (MH 282)
California State University Fullerton, PO Box 6850
Fullerton, CA 92834-6850, USA

Letters of Recommendation

Two letters of recommendation are required. Letters should be provided by individuals able to evaluate the applicant's academic record, and able to evaluate the potential for success in a Professional Master's-based graduate program. Please use the provided Letter of Recommendation template (.doc).

  • Letters may be submitted electronically in pdf format as an attachment to email sent by the recommender to Dr. David Dyer
  • Letters may also be submitted by the recommender using standard United States mail:

Dr. David Dyer
Director, PABS-MBT Program
Department of Biological Science (MH 282)
California State University Fullerton, PO Box 6850
Fullerton, CA 92834-6850, USA

Standardized Exam Scores

Students must submit their scores from ONE of the following: Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General TestMedical College Admission Test (MCAT), or Dental Admission Test (DAT). No absolute score on the entrance exams is required for admission, but the scores are used in the evaluation procedure, with special attention given to quantitative and writing/reading comprehension areas.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Instructions on how to have GRE scores sent to the PABS program offices (Biology Department, Cal State University, Fullerton) can be found on the "Sending your scores" GRE page of the exam. Cal State University Fullerton’s Institutional Code is 4589 and the Department Code (Biology) is 0203.

MCAT Scores

You may release your scores to the program office at California State University, Fullerton Biology Department electronically, via the MCAT Testing History (THx) System. You may also opt to use the system to print and mail a copy of your score report. Send physical copies to the address below:

Dr. David Dyer
Director, PABS-MBT Program
Department of Biological Science (MH 282)
California State University Fullerton, PO Box 6850
Fullerton, CA 92834-6850, USA

To send out DAT scores, designate where to send a score report on the electronic form below or download and complete the PDF document below. Processing of additional score report requests requires approximately four weeks.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

For international students, the CSU system requires a minimum TOEFL score of 550 for the paper version, 213 on the computer-based exam or 80 on the internet version in order to participate in graduate studies.

Instructions on how to have TOEFL scores sent to the PABS program offices at California State University, Fullerton, Biology Department can be found on the "Sending your scores" TOEFL page of the exam. The CSU Fullerton Institutional Code is 4589, and the Department Code (Biology) is 0203.

You may also have scores sent to the Program Director:

Dr. David Dyer Director,
PABS-MBT Program Department of Biological Science (MH 282)
California State University Fullerton,
PO Box 6850
Fullerton, CA 92834-6850, USA

Please note: PABS program admissions for Fall 2014 are contingent on program continuation approval from the PABS Consortium Campus administrations.

 
Last Updated: January 23, 2014