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PhD Priority Application Deadlines (for Fall ’18 admissions)

  • December 1st (Public & Community Health)
  • December 15th (Biomedical Science, Neuroscience, and Pharmacology & Toxicology)
  • January 15th (Biomedical Engineering, Biophysics, Biostatistics, and Physiology)

Master Degree & Graduate Certificate Programs Priority Application Deadlines

  • July 1st (for Fall term enrollment)
  • November 1st (for Spring term enrollment)
  • April 1st (for Summer term enrollment)

The MCW Graduate School operates on a rolling admissions basis. Applications are still accepted/reviewed beyond the priority application deadline dates. It is in the applicant’s best interest to have as complete an application as possible prior to the priority application deadline date of the program they are pursuing.

  • Degree-seeking
  • Certificate
  • Non-degree
  • Joint-degree
  • International Students

 

DEGREE-SEEKING APPLICATION PROCEDURE

There is no particular order in which application materials need to be submitted/received. Applicants are encouraged to ensure that all components have been submitted prior to their program’s priority application deadline date.

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  Complete an online application

A $50 application fee is required for all applications submitted. Application fee waivers are available to those who meet the following criteria:

 

  • Participated in MCW’s Summer Program for Undergraduate Research (SPUR) or Program for Undergraduate Research Experience (PURE)
  • Received a GRE Fee Reduction Certificate
  • Attended a MCW open house (Expo) event
  • Participated in a local, state or national program that supports underrepresented student populations (i.e. McNair Scholars, WisCAMP, etc.)
  • Attended and presented at a regional or national conference/meeting (i.e. ABRCMS, Experimental Biology, etc.)

 

Supporting documentation may be required to verify fee waiver eligibility.

  Transcripts

Arrange for your official transcript to be sent to the MCW Graduate School from your current or any previously attended college/university. Official transcripts must be in an original, sealed envelope or sent electronically from a certified service provider. Electronic transcripts may be accepted from institutions that subscribe to the following services:

  Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Request that your official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) test scores to be sent to the MCW Graduate School from Educational Testing Services (ETS). Use institutional code 1519. Applicants who have earned a terminal degree may request an exemption to the GRE test score submission by submitting a written request via email to gradschool@mcw.edu.

 

Applicants are encouraged to explore whether they may be eligible to receive a GRE Fee Reduction Certificate.

  Letters of Recommendation

Ensure that a recommendation letter and the accompanying recommendation form (PDF) is submitted to the MCW Graduate School from each of your letter of recommendation letter writers. Once you enter your recommenders’ names and email addresses in our online application system and save your progress, an email will be sent to them with a link to a portal where they can submit their letter and form. Letters of recommendation and recommendations forms can also be submitted directly from the letter writer via email to gradschool@mcw.edu.

  Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required of all applicants who did not receive a bachelor’s or master’s degree from a U.S.-based, non-online degree granting program. Please arrange for your TOEFL scores to be sent directly to the MCW Graduate School from Educational Testing Services (ETS). Use institution code 1519. A score of 100 on the internet-based version is recommended for competitive consideration.


RE-APPLYING

Applicants who previously applied to a MCW Graduate School program can reactivate their application for the same program at no additional fee, presuming that nothing is changing from their original submission. Should updated transcripts or additional letters of recommendation be added at the applicant’s request, an additional $50 application fee will be required.

CERTIFICATE-SEEKING APPLICATION PROCEDURE

There is no particular order in which application materials need to be submitted/received. Applicants are encouraged to ensure that all components have been submitted prior to their program’s priority application deadline date.

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  Complete an online application

A $50 application fee is required for all applications submitted. Application fee waivers are available to those who meet the following criteria:

 

  • Participated in MCW’s Summer Program for Undergraduate Research (SPUR) or Program for Undergraduate Research Experience (PURE)
  • Received a GRE Fee Reduction Certificate
  • Attended a MCW open house (Expo) event
  • Participated in a local, state or national program that supports underrepresented student populations (i.e. McNair Scholars, WisCAMP, etc.)
  • Attended and presented at a regional or national conference/meeting (i.e. ABRCMS, Experimental Biology, etc.)

 

Supporting documentation may be required to verify fee waiver eligibility.

  Transcripts

Arrange for your official transcript to be sent to the MCW Graduate School from your current or any previously attended college/university. Official transcripts must be in an original, sealed envelope or sent electronically from a certified service provider. Electronic transcripts may be accepted from institutions that subscribe to the following services:

  Letters of Recommendation

Ensure that a recommendation letter and the accompanying recommendation form is submitted to the MCW Graduate School from each of your letter of recommendation letter writers. Once you enter your recommenders’ names and email addresses in our online application system and save your progress, an email will be sent to them with a link to a portal where they can submit their letter and form. Letters of recommendation and recommendations forms can also be submitted directly from the letter writer via email to gradschool@mcw.edu.


RE-APPLYING

Applicants who previously applied to a MCW Graduate School program can reactivate their application for the same program at no additional fee, presuming that nothing is changing from their original submission. Should updated transcripts or additional letters of recommendation be added at the applicant’s request, an additional $50 application fee will be required.

NON-DEGREE SEEKING APPLICATION PROCEDURE

There is no particular order in which application materials need to be submitted/received. Applicants are encouraged to ensure that all components have been submitted prior to their program’s priority application deadline date.

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  Complete an online application

A $50 application fee is required for all applications submitted. Application fee waivers are not available to non-degree applicants.

  Transcripts

Arrange for your official transcript to be sent to the MCW Graduate School from your current or any previously attended college/university. Official transcripts must be in an original, sealed envelope or sent electronically from a certified service provider. Electronic transcripts may be accepted from institutions that subscribe to the following services:


RE-APPLYING

Applicants who previously applied to a MCW Graduate School program can reactivate their application for the same program at no additional fee, presuming that nothing is changing from their original submission. Should updated transcripts or additional letters of recommendation be added at the applicant’s request, an additional $50 application fee will be required.

Joint-Degree Seeking Application Procedure

International Students

The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) requires that an applicant take and pass satisfactorily the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A minimum acceptable TOEFL score is 100 on the Internet based version (including Speaking).

International Applicants must provide official* copies of college and/or university transcripts in the native language of instruction and in English translation. Transcripts are also known as academic records or mark sheets. If academic transcripts do not include proof of graduation, i.e.: diploma and/or degree certification, official copies of these documents must be provided as well.

* Official: Documents bear the original seals and/or stamps of the institution and/or signatures of institution officials (registrar).

All academic credentials are reviewed and verified by the Graduate School. Transcripts of official academic records must be submitted in the native language and in English translation. (Back to Application Process)

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Advising

If you have any questions regarding your academic or non-immigrant status while here, please feel free to consult the International Student Advisor in the Graduate School office. Other topics on this website will address the common non-immigrant issues.

  

Extension of Stay

There is an expected date of completion of studies on each international student's I-20 form. If you find that your studies will extend beyond your expected date of completion, please see the graduate school office at least 30 days prior to the completion date on your I-20 to complete the proper forms for extension of your studies. To schedule an appointment email the graduate school.

  

I-20 Forms

Most international students are in F-1 (student) non-immigrant status while attending graduate school and possess the I-20 form which is their "certificate of eligibility for non-immigrant status for academic and language students". Please keep this form in a safe place as you will need it throughout your stay in the United States. If your I-20 form is lost or damaged beyond repair, you may receive a "replacement I-20" from the Graduate School International Student Advisor. For a replacement I-20, email the Graduate School.

  

Practical Training

After completion of studies in the graduate school, many international students will remain in the United States for an additional year to complete further academic training (e.g. post-doctoral training). You must apply for practical training approximately 90 day prior to the completion of your degree program, i.e. graduation. Please see the International Student Advisor to determine if you are eligible for practical training under Immigration and Naturalization Services (INS) regulations and to obtain the forms and instructions for applying to practical training.

  

Taxes

Some international students may not be subject to certain United States taxes on their stipends/ fellowships. Please consult the Payroll Manager, Mary Gizewski (955-8239) or send an email, for information on tax treaties (if any) for your particular country of origin.

  

Travel Outside the United States

International (F-1) students must have authorization to travel outside the United States while attending graduate school. There is a space on the back of your I-20 forms for authorization to travel. You must bring the I-20 form to the graduate school for authorization prior to your travel outside the United States. If you have questions regarding this process send the graduate school an email.

  

Visa Status

The visa that is in a passport usually has an expiration date that is different than the expiration of non-immigrant status (F-1) as indicated on an I-20. In other words, visa status and non-immigrant (F-1) status are NOT the same. A visa can expire but a person will still be in lawful status as long as his non-immigrant (F-1) status has not expired. In most instances, a new visa can be obtained by returning to the home country for a visit and applying for a new visa while there.


RE-APPLYING

If you applied to the Graduate School last year and were not admitted, you can request that your initial application be reconsidered (re-activated) for the next admission cycle year. An admission cycle year is defined as the academic year for which an applicant indicates preference for initial enrollment.

Admissions REQUIREMENTS & PROCESS

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Requirements and Process

On the basis of the five factors listed, the Admissions Committee of the individual programs will judge whether the applicant has the intellectual capability, professional commitment, research interest and experience to succeed in the program.


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  Technical Standards

Technical standards, distinguished from academic standards for admission to the The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW), consist of the minimum physical, cognitive, and emotional attributes required to provide reasonable assurance that a student can complete the entire course of study and participate fully in all aspects of their training. Technical standards described here are a prerequisite for admission to, and for graduation from, the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.
 

  • Physical Requirements: After adequate training and experience, the candidate must be capable of performing the experimental work required by the graduate program which he/she has entered. The specific requirements will vary from program to program, and within the specific research area with a program.
     
  • Communication: A candidate must be able to communicate effectively with, and receive communication from, other scholars in relevant biomedical fields. Communication includes speech and writing.
     
  • Intellectual, Conceptual, Integrative and Quantitative Abilities: A candidate must have the critical, problem-solving skills required in the proposed field of study. These skills include the ability to measure, calculate, reason, analyze and synthesize.
     
  • Behavioral and Social Attributes: A candidate must possess the emotional health, maturity and self-discipline required for full utilization of his/her intellectual ability and for successful participation in and completion of the program of study.
     
  • Evaluation: MCW may require that an applicant undergo a skills evaluation. MCW will endeavor to select and administer evaluations that accurately reflect the applicant's or student's aptitude or achievement level rather than the applicant's or student's disability.
     


MCW is committed to capitalizing on technological advances that create new opportunities for participation by disabled persons and will incorporate changes into its programs where feasible. A qualified disabled applicant or student shall not on the basis of his or her disability (except those which would preclude meeting the above-listed technical standards) be excluded from participation in graduate programs of the Medical College of Wisconsin.

  Procedures

Download Admissions Procedures (PDF)

Review of completed applications from degree seeking candidates is conducted by a faculty committee within the academic program. The outcome of the committee’s review is forwarded to the Dean as a recommendation for admission or rejection.

  Offers of Admission

All offers of admission are made officially and solely by the Dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences on behalf of MCW and the academic program.

  International Applicants

International applicants must provide official documents of college/or university transcripts/mark sheets in the language of instruction and in English. If academic records do not include proof of degree award, official documents of the diplomas/certificate must also be provided. Official documents bear the original seals, stamps or signatures of the institution officials. All academic credentials are reviewed and verified by the Graduate School.

  Minority Admissions

MCW encourages the application, admission, and retention of ethnic or racial minority applicants into its graduate programs. In order to ensure that the affirmative action goals are upheld, and that all appropriate efforts are made to promote the admission of minority applicants, these applications are reviewed by both the Program Admissions Committee and, if necessary, the Admissions and Student Welfare Committee. MCW uses the same criteria as the Association of American Medical Colleges to identify minority groups.