Gloucester Biotechnology Academy prerequisites:

  • High school diploma or HiSET
  • Age requirement, 18-26
  • Resident of Greater Cape Ann region (including Ipswich, Hamilton/Wenham
    and Beverly)
  • Aptitude and experience with hands-on work.
  • Ability to read and comprehend specific instructions.
  • Curiosity about science and analytical data methods.
  • Maturity to excel in a culture that requires detailed methods, meticulous notes,
    precise timing, and conscientious follow through.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

Application Process

A completed application consists of the following:

  • General Application Form
  • Personal reflection (300-500 words)
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts
  • Interview (contact John Doyle to schedule)
  • Completed financial aid application

Click here to download the 2020-2021 application

John Doyle, Education Director
Gloucester Biotechnology Academy
55 Blackburn Center
Gloucester, MA 01930


Gloucester Biotechnology Academy welcomes applications from home-schooled students. To properly evaluate a student’s ability to succeed at Gloucester Biotechnology Academy, we require submission of textbooks used, examples of completed work, and grades received.

Before admission to Gloucester Biotechnology Academy can be granted, home-schooled students must provide ONE of the following:

1. Official scores from the High School Equivalency Test (HiSET).
2. A letter from your local superintendent of schools documenting that homeschooling was completed in accordance with state law, and proof of readiness for higher education.

Please feel free to contact John Doyle at any point in the application process with questions.

Notification letters will be sent to applicants after completing the application process. Accepted students are asked to sign and return the Letter of Commitment to secure a place in the class.

Application Schedule

January 27, 2020: Application period begins

January 27 - March 16: Schedule interview

March 16, 2020: Full application due

Completed application (General application form, personal reflection, two letters of recommendation, and official transcripts) is due.

March 17 – July 31: Rolling application period

Applications will be accepted after March 17, 2020, if space permits. Evaluation and decisions will be made based on the order in which the applications are received.

April 1: Admissions decisions available
Notification letters sent out to all applicants.

May 15: Financial aid documents due
Financial aid documents including prior year federal and state tax returns and W-2s uploaded to FAST portal.

June 1: Financial aid award decisions
Financial aid award decisions will be announced and delivered to accepted applicants.

June 15: Enrollment date
Signed Letters of Commitment sent to Gloucester Biotechnology Academy.

July 31: Application period ends
No further applications will be accepted after July 31, 2020.

Tuition and Financial Aid

In an effort to ensure that tuition is not a barrier for attendance, Gloucester Biotechnology is committed to providing generous, needs-based financial aid to students who qualify.

Cost of Attendance: 2020 - 2021

Financial Aid Policy

At Gloucester Biotechnology Academy, we believe that our program should be affordable to all families. We are proud to offer very generous need-based financial aid.

We want to bridge the gap between the cost of tuition and what a family can afford to pay, and expect many of our students will receive financial aid grants to offset tuition. We understand and appreciate the financial commitment students and families undertake when deciding to attend Gloucester Biotechnology Academy.

To objectively and fairly assess what a family can comfortably contribute towards the cost of education, we use an independent, third-party organization, Financial Aid and School Tuition (FAST). Generous need-based financial aid will be available to all applicants who qualify. We highly encourage all interested applicants to apply for financial aid with FAST through their on-line application process. The active link below will direct you to the FAST application portal. We’ve arranged for the FAST application fee to be waived for Academy applicants.

Immediately after a student has submitted their Academy General Application Form and Personal Reflection Statement, students and families should complete the online FAST application and submit required financial information, including W2 and tax returns to FAST. Families are also encouraged to file their 2019 tax returns by March 15th, as final financial aid awards cannot be made until FAST has received and verified the tax information.

Financial aid award decisions will be communicated to students and their families generally upon acceptance to the Academy. All financial aid information and decisions are kept strictly confidential.

Financial assistance is made possible through generous donations from individuals, foundations, and other supporters.


Gloucester Biotechnology Academy is licensed through the Massachusetts Division of Professional Licensure as private occupational school (License #: 13100372). The Biotechnology Laboratory Technician Certificate is awarded to students who:

  • Complete Semesters I and II, meeting technology skills assessment requirements.
  • Complete a paid-internship at local biotech company.
  • Demonstrate career skills necessary for employment in a professional work environment.
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    Gloucester, MA 01930

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