The program seeks a diverse group of outstanding students who have an undergraduate degree in life sciences or medicine and/or significant workplace experience in biotechnology or life sciences.

Students applying with non-STEM undergraduate degrees can be considered in rare circumstances if they have substantial life sciences background preparation. This may include extensive advanced coursework in the biological sciences or independent laboratory experience. We also welcome applicants with advanced degrees such as an MD or PhD.

To enroll in the MS/MBA Biotechnology: Life Sciences Program, candidates must apply to and be accepted by HBS and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS). To simplify the process, required elements to apply to both the MBA and the Master of Science will be hosted in the HBS application system.

  1. Written Application

    • Create an HBS account and start an application here. This HBS account will be the single source of communication and repository for materials throughout the application process.
    • Indicate your interest in the MS/MBA Biotechnology: Life Sciences Program by checking the appropriate box on the application.
    • Choose an HBS application round in which to apply.
    • Submit all materials required for both the MBA and Master of Science applications.
      • Required for MBA: application form, resume, official transcript(s), essay, official standardized test scores, two recommendations, acceptance of policies, and application fee. More details here.
      • Required for Master of Science: all materials required for the MBA application, plus one supplemental essay and one additional letter of recommendation. All materials submitted for the MBA application will be shared with the MS/MBA Biotechnology: Life Sciences Admission Committee for use in review of the Master of Science application.
  2. Interview

    • IF YOU ARE NOT INVITED TO INTERVIEW AT HBS: Your candidacy is not moving forward and you will receive a “deny” notification.
    • IF YOU ARE INVITED TO INTERVIEW AT HBS: Invitations are issued in October (Round 1) and February (Round 2).
  3. Decision Notification

    • HBS and GSAS will release admissions decisions in mid-December (Round 1) and March (Round 2).
      You may be:
      • • Admitted to the MS/MBA Biotechnology: Life Sciences Program
      • • Admitted to the MBA program only
      • • Denied by the MBA and MS/MBA Biotechnology: Life Sciences Programs
    • Note: It is not possible to be admitted to the Master of Science program only

Tuition & Financial Aid

The Financial Aid and Scholarship Board uses the following annual Cost of Attendance to determine financial aid awards. Amounts are based on student surveys of direct and indirect costs. Of course, living expenses will vary from person to person. This annual cost of attendance assumes a 10-month academic year and a moderate student lifestyle.

Students will be eligible to apply for need-based HBS Scholarships and student loans in both years of the program.

Students are subject to HBS Financial Aid policies and limits (e.g. student budgets, loans and benefits for veterans).

2020-21 MS/MBA Biotechnology: Life Sciences Program Cost of Attendance

Student Budget
Class of 2022
Single Student Married Married with
1 Child
Married with
2 Children
Tuition $84,455 $84,455 $84,455 $84,455
HUHS Student Health Fee (SHF) $1,206 $1,206 $1,206 $1,206
Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) $3,922 $3,922 $3,922 $3,922
HUSHP for StudenT Spouses / Dependents $0 $8,118 $12,432 $14,600
COURSE AND Program MATERIALS Fee $2,550 $2,550 $2,550 $2,550
Room & Utilities (10 months) $15,700
($1,570/mo) *
($2,450/mo) **
($3,150/mo) ***
($3,150/mo) ***
living expenses (10 months) $17,580
Total $125,413 $147,131 $163,995 $171,723
Computer (variable; not included in above budgets) $1,500 $1,500 $1,500 $1,500
*Based on average area market rate for two-bedroom apartment with roommate.
**Based on average area market rate for one-bedroom apartment.
***Based on average area market rate for two-bedroom apartment.