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Fueled by Curiosity, Focused on Health


At MCW, delivering an enriching and engaging graduate education experience is the mission of our faculty and staff. We are dedicated to helping you discover your full potential and give you the knowledge and resources to lead in your chosen area of biomedical or health sciences. Whether you want to focus on research that evaluates chronic diseases or translate knowledge gained in the laboratory to improve the health of different populations, we are here to help you prepare for your journey.

In the meantime, our objective is to surround you with the right tools, technology, facilities and people to make your MCW experience the best it can possibly be. That’s why we’ve compiled the following links, forms and resources to help you find all of the information you need during your time here.


Academic Life

The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) Graduate School offers PhD and Master degree programs and several graduate certificate programs, and is focused on delivering a challenging and enriching educational experience, serving the needs of students who wish to pursue or enhance their current career in biomedical or health sciences.

Our state-of-the-art educational programs are truly customized for each student, designed to provide you with a unique and specialized learning experience , including the ability to contribute to world-class research, discovery and innovation.

As a student at MCW’s Graduate School, you will receive your education from premiere faculty who secure nearly $160 million annually for research. We invite you to join our faculty and students to collaborate on projects related to cancer, cardiovascular systems, genomics, proteomics, stem cell biology, neurosciences, traumatic brain injury and imaging, infectious diseases and immunology, and community and population health. Additionally, our one-to-one student to faculty ratio allows you to experience unprecedented specialized instruction, delivering structured support and helping you to become a leader in your chosen field.

Academic Life

Student Handbook

We are pleased to provide you with a copy of the MCW Graduate Student Handbook (PDF), which we hope will be helpful for both new and continuing students as you navigate graduate student life at MCW. This handbook provides information on the important rules and regulations surrounding your graduate study.

If you have any questions regarding the content within the handbook, or require additional information, please contact us


  • Policies
  • Registration
  • Orientation
  • Student Life
  • Events Calendar
  • Tuition & Fees


Like most institutions, each semester at MCW has a specific timeframe for registration.

If you are a current MCW graduate student, you can access the course offerings through your EASI (Electronic Access to Student Information) account by clicking on “To view courses.”

Emails will be sent from EASI directly to your email account to remind you of registration. Please be sure to check your MCW email account for notifications.

You will receive a notification of start and end dates for registration. This information can also be found on the Academic Calendar below. Be sure to register before the end date, as there is a late fee of $250.00, which you will personally be responsible to pay.

As a reminder, all students need course director approval before signing up for classes. When you select your course, be sure to check with the course director. You may register once course approval is given. If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact us.

Academic Calendar

Please print a copy of the calendar which you will refer to for important dates and events.

Semester registration dates have been highlighted for your convenience so you don't miss the deadlines. If you miss the deadline for semester registrations you will be charged a late fee of $100 which the student is responsible for not your department.

As a member of the MCW Graduate School, you have joined an elite group of professionals from around the country and the world who are dedicated to careers in research, science and health.

In order to ensure that your experience at MCW is a positive one, we have provided the following orientation materials as a reference. These materials will inform you of the requirements and opportunities that come with your acceptance into our program, including a map of MCW’s campus, the current academic calendar (PDF), information on available student housing and campus parking.

Being a student at MCW’s Graduate School means that you are part of an elite group of professionals, focused on innovation, discovery and leadership in the fields of biomedical and health sciences.

Whether your MCW graduate education experience brings you to our Milwaukee Campus, or your are earning your degree online, you will be learning from and along side world-renowned faculty, including researchers and clinicians at some of the top hospitals and institutes in the country, such as Froedtert Hospital, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Zablocki VA Medical Center and the BloodCenter of Wisconsin’s Blood Research Institute. 

Our innovative educational programs are customized for each student, designed to provide you with a personal and fulfilling learning experience, including the ability to contribute to world-class research, discovery and innovation. What will you discover at MCW?

As the second-largest research institution and a top-rated recipient of National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding, the MCW campus is host to several events, speaking engagements, lectures and workshops featuring the latest discoveries in research and innovative thinking to improve health in our communities.

View the MCW Events Calendar

If you would like to list an upcoming event or if you have questions about the events listed here, please contact us.



If you have questions regarding tuition or your account, please contact the Office of Student Accounts, at (414) 955-8172 or

PhD Students

All full-time PhD students receive a full tuition remission, health insurance and stipend.

2017-2018 Stipend: $29,136.00

The following fees are covered by the tuition remission:

  • All Students Fee (Fall & Spring Semesters Only): $40.00
  • Graduate Student Association (GSA) Fee: $35.00
  • Tuition Per Credit - Fall, Spring & Summer Semesters: $1,250.00

Masters, Certificate & Non-Degree Students

Students seeking financial aid for MPH, MS or MA degree programs, visit the Financial Aid Office website.

  • Tuition Per Credit - Fall, Spring & Summer Semesters: $1,010.00
  • Master’s in Medical Physiology Tuition: $42,000/year
  • Continuation: $225.00
  • Audit - Per Class: $100.00

Current MCW Employees

Tuition Course Approval Form - Human Resources (PDF)

Late Fees

There will be a $250 late registration fee for anyone not completing registration by the date indicated on the schedule each semester. There is also a $250 late payment fee for tuition not paid on time according to the Tuition Payments policy in the Student Handbook.

Late payment fee is in addition to any late registration fee.

Annual Campus Safety Report

Statement to Current Faculty, Staff and Students:

Annual Campus Safety Report

The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) prepares and publishes its Annual Campus Safety Report in compliance with the Higher Education Act of 1965, otherwise known as the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act). This report outlines MCW’s security policies and discloses campus crime statistics for the three most recent calendar years.

This report is available to all current and prospective faculty, staff and students. An electronic version of the report can be accessed at this location. A paper copy of this report may be obtained by contacting Medical College of Wisconsin, Public Safety, 8701 Watertown Plank Road, Milwaukee, WI 53226 or by calling (414) 955-8295.



Graduate Student Association

The MCW Graduate Student Association (GSA) gives a voice to the students and fosters strong communication between them and administration, as well as with faculty. The GSA provides input and feedback regarding policy development and change, program and curriculum development, and on many institutional committees.  Student welfare is its focus, including the opportunity to socialize and interact with one another.

If you are a degree seeking graduate student you are a member of the GSA.  The representative council is comprised of one program rep from each degree offering program that MCW administers, two faculty advisors, one elected and one assigned, as well as the Director of Enrollment. Elections are held in the spring of each year.

The council meets monthly to share institutional committee and program updates, plan events, manage its budget that stems from student fees, and to address any emergent issues.  The council welcomes all students to attend.

Additionally, graduate students have been given representation on a number of standing committees of both the Faculty Assembly and the Graduate School.

Student Health Services

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  Health Insurance

Health insurance coverage is a requirement for all full-time graduate students. If you have been admitted as a full-time PhD degree seeker you are offered enrollment in the Humana Health Insurance, Anthem Dental Insurance and Professional Vision Services Plans. You may exercise the option to add a spouse and or children with the additional cost of coverage deducted from your monthly pay.

The annual premium for single coverage is paid by the college for all full-time students in the PhD programs as part of their fellowship program. Some students are covered under health insurance policies of their parents, spouses or full-time employer and are eligible to be waived from enrollment. Students have also elected to require single coverage for dental and vision for all full-time students enrolled in the health insurance plan. Full time degree-seeking MS, MA or MPH graduate students may purchase the student health insurance plan. Each student is responsible for payment of this coverage at registration or through stipend deduction.

  Student Health Services

The Medical College of Wisconsin wishes to insure that all students have access to excellent high-quality health care. If your Primary Care Physician (PCP) is located at Student Health Service, you may utilize its services. The Student Health Service is located at Froedtert Hospital's Department of Internal Medicine. Guidelines of the graduate student insurance plan must be followed to ensure the highest level of payment coverage for medical services. A clinic card is required for students and dependents which may be applied for through the Student Health Service. The Clinic card is absolutely necessary in order to obtain services. To make an appointment, call internal medicine 805-6644.

If you need a doctor outside the normal hours please call (414) 507-9589 which is available
24 hours a day/7 days a week. The location is on the corner of Watertown Plank Road & Highway 100
(Tosa Center, 1155 N. Mayfair Rd., Milwaukee, WI 53226).

Immunizations and necessary testing is provided and immunization records are maintained in the Occupational Health Administrative Area at the Curative Building. These services are available only to full-time degree-seeking students.

  Student and Resident Behavioral Health


David Cipriano, PhDDavid J. Cipriano, PhD

Assistant Professor Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine

Director, Resident and Student Mental Health Program








The clinic is staffed by Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine faculty and staff. Services include psychiatric medication management and psychotherapy including cognitive behavioral, insight-oriented, stress management/solution focused, couples and family therapy and drug and alcohol counseling. Common concerns which bring people in include adjustment to the stress of training, anxiety, depression, career concerns, work-life balance, relationship problems and child/adolescent concerns.


Students, their spouse, or their child are entitled to (5) five free sessions of MCW mental health services, per academic year, at no cost. Residents and fellows are entitled to (3) free sessions of MCW mental health services, per academic year at no cost. Most major medical insurance policies should cover some of the cost after these initial five sessions. Student Mental Health Services is located off site for confidentiality purposes. These services are available only to full-time degree-seeking students.



To access these services, please contact:

Referral Coordinator: Carolyn Bischel, MS, LPC

(414) 955-8933

(414) 955-6295 (fax)

Referral Hours: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday


After-hours Emergency Contact: (414) 805-6700


Visit the Student and Resident Behavioral Health website

  Cobra Insurance

When a graduate student completes his/her studies in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, student has the opportunity to continue his/her current insurance coverage for a period up to eighteen (18) months the length of COBRA Insurance. The individual selecting to continue his/her insurance coverage in this manner is responsible for all of the payments related to the COBRA insurance. (Current monthly premium costs is given to the student at that time). Student must complete the form, sign, date and return the form to the Grad School.

If student continues his/her insurance coverage via the COBRA insurance, he/she will need to submit a check by the 1st of the month, for the premiums covering that month. The check should be made payable to the Medical College of Wisconsin and delivered to the Graduate School office - M1420:


Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Medical College of Wisconsin
8701 Watertown Plank Road
Milwaukee, WI 53226

Student will have a thirty (30) day grace period in which to make the payment, if payment has not been received at the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences the insurance coverage will be terminated for non-payment.

For questions contact Diane VerHaagh - or call (414) 955-8218.

Cobra Insurance Form (PDF)

Email Access

As a Graduate Student at MCW, all communication will occur via the use of MCW email addresses, which you are required to use throughout your enrollment as a student. Please note you are required to use your MCW email account for all MCW activities.

Students in the joint degree programs from Marquette University, Milwaukee School of Engineering and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee who have been assigned the use of an institutional email will not need an MCW email address.

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Upon admission to the Graduate School, an email account will be procured on your behalf, and both a user name and password will be communicated to you directly with explicit directions to your primary email address.

Please follow the link below to be directed to the portal to log in to obtain your MCW email address:

Access MCW email:

  • “User name” enter your new MCW email address (first initial last name)
  • “Password” enter the default password assigned by IS.

Change your password.- Scroll down to “options” in lower left corner.
1. Account – your user name
2. Domain – mcwcorp
3. Password – needs to be at least 8 characters

For assistance accessing your MCW email, please contact the MCW IS help desk at (414) 955-4357 or

D2LEvery student at MCW will use D2L, an e-learning platform, for courses and course evaluations. A D2L account will be created for you. Directions with username and password will be sent to your MCW email address.

All students must complete end-of-course evaluations via D2L. Failure to do so will result in an academic hold being placed on your record. Further information on this policy can be found in the Graduate School Course Policy section of this handbook, entitled “Course Evaluations.”

For technical assistance with D2L, please contact

Phone Book

The MCW Phone Book is available from InfoScope, MCW's intranet.

Library Resources

General Student Forms

This section contains information on the general forms required by MCW’s Graduate School to meet various needs, requests and changes that you may have as a student, including changing your name or address, filing a leave of absence or requesting a transfer of credit.

Preparing for Graduation

Depending on your degree and program within MCW’s Graduate School, there will be several forms that you will need to complete in preparation for earning your degree. Here you will find information on the steps you need to complete before you will be awarded your PhD, Master degree, or graduate certificate from MCW.

PhD and Master's Degree Completion Forms

Certificate Forms

Virtual Career Center