ADMISSIONS

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We are delighted that you are considering MCW for your graduate education experience. In an effort to help make your application process as efficient as possible, we have included links to the information and elements required, whether you are a prospective degree-seeking, certificate-seeking, non-degree seeking or joint-degree seeking student.

Priority Application Deadlines

PhD Degrees: January 15 (for Fall term enrollment)

Master Degrees & Certificates:
July 1 (for Fall term enrollment)
November 1 (for Spring term enrollment)
April 1 (for Summer term enrollment

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

 

Degree-Seeking Application Procedure

  1. Complete a Degree Seeking application online, submit with $50 payment (non-refundable).
    Application Fee Waiver: If you are a current McNair Scholar applying to a PhD program, you are invited to select the "current McNair Scholar" checkbox on the application payment screen. McNair participation will be verified and the application fee waived thereafter.
     
  2. Make arrangements for official transcripts from all previous undergraduate, graduate and medical institutions to be sent directly to the MCW Graduate School. Transcripts in the hands of prospective students are not accepted as "official" unless remitted with signed seals intact. A 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is required in Math and Science if you are applying for one of our PhD programs. 
    • Electronic transcripts may be accepted from institutions that use either eSCRIP-SAFE and/or Parchment transcript delivery companies.
  3. Arrange for an official test score report for the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) to be sent directly from ETS to the MCW Graduate School (Institution Code 1519). Applicants who have earned a PhD, MD, JD or other terminal degree may request an exemption to the GRE test score submission by submitting a written request to gradschool@mcw.edu. Applicants are encourage to explore whether they may be eligible for the GRE Fee Reduction Program.
  4. Arrange for your recommenders to submit their letter of recommendation along with an accompanying recommendation form. The online application system does not automatically send notices to your recommenders. Letters of recommendation and recommendation forms can be submitted by the recommender via scan-and-email to gradschool@mcw.edu or by mail to: 

    MCW Graduate School
    8701 Watertown Plank Road
    Milwaukee, WI 53226

     

  5. The “Test of English as a Foreign Language” (TOEFL) is required from all whose “Native Language,” the language you grew up speaking in your family, your community, or your nation, was not English. Graduate students must demonstrate a level or oral proficiency in the English language. Make arrangements for an official score report to be sent directly from ETS to the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. A minimum score of 100 is required on the Internet based version (including Speaking). Our Institution Code is 1519, Department code is 0000 (or leave the department code blank). Applicants who wish to request an exception to the TOEFL score requirement can submit a written request to gradschool@mcw.edu.

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.

Certificate-Seeking Application Procedure

 

  1. Complete a Certificate Seeking application online, submit with a $50 payment.
  2. Make arrangement for official transcripts from all previous undergraduate, graduate and medical institutions to be sent directly to the MCW Graduate School. Transcripts in the hands of prospective students are not accepted as "official" unless remitted with signed seals intact. 
    • Electronic transcripts may be accepted from institutions that use either eSCRIP-SAFE and/or Parchment transcript delivery companies.
  3. Arrange for your recommenders to submit their letter of recommendation along with an accompanying recommendation formThe online application system does not automatically send notices to your recommenders. Letters of recommendation and recommendation forms can be submitted by the recommender via scan-and-email to gradschool@mcw.edu or by mail to: 

    MCW Graduate School
    8701 Watertown Plank Road
    Milwaukee, WI 53226
  4. The “Test of English as a Foreign Language” (TOEFL) is required from all whose “Native Language,” the language you grew up speaking in your family, your community, or your nation, was not English. Graduate students must demonstrate a level or oral proficiency in the English language. Make arrangements for an official score report to be sent directly from ETS to the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. A minimum score of 100 is required on the Internet based version (including Speaking). Our Institution Code is 1519, Department code is 0000 (or leave the department code blank). Applicants who wish to request an exception to the TOEFL score requirement can submit a written request to gradschool@mcw.edu.

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.

Non-Degree Seeking Application Procedure

Non-degree seeking admission is available if you wish to pursue continued professional development. Non-Degree Admission affords you the ability to enroll in classes for three consecutive terms, i.e. one school year, on a part-time basis, with a maximum credit accumulation of 15 credits. Some coursework taken as a non-degree student may be applied to a degree program, but not in all situations.

  1. Complete a Certificate Seeking application online, submit with a $50 payment.
  2. Make arrangement for official transcripts from all previous undergraduate, graduate and medical institutions to be sent directly to the MCW Graduate School. Transcripts in the hands of prospective students are not accepted as "official" unless remitted with signed seals intact.
    • Electronic transcripts may be accepted from institutions that use either eSCRIP-SAFE and/or Parchment transcript delivery companies.

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.

 

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

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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.