Early Decision Program (MCW-Milwaukee)
First date to submit AMCAS application May 31, 2018
Primary (AMCAS) application deadline August 1, 2018
Latest MCAT date July 24, 2018
Secondary application deadline August 31, 2018 at 4:00 pm CST
Early Decision Interviews August / September
Latest date to receive decision October 1, 2018
Regular Decision (All campuses), MSTP (MCW-Milwaukee), and MD/MS (MCW-Milwaukee)
First date to submit AMCAS application May 31, 2018
Primary (AMCAS) application deadline* November 1, 2018
Latest MCAT date September 19, 2018
First acceptances released October 15, 2018
Secondary application deadline December 3, 2018 at 4:00 pm CST
Interviews September – April
New Student Orientation July 2019 (Regional campuses) and August 2019 (Milwaukee campus)
*For optimum consideration, applicants should submit primary application and official transcripts to AMCAS by July 1



In order to apply to MCW, applicants must have earned a minimum of 90 undergraduate credits, including prerequisites, at a regionally accredited college or university located in the United States or Canada. The required credits must be earned prior to matriculation. No credit will be given for coursework taken outside the United States or Canada.

We only accept scores from the new version of the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT). For 2019 entry, applicants must have taken the exam no earlier than January 2016.

MCW also accepts applications from international applicants, non-US citizens, and DACA status applicants who meet other eligibility requirements.


The Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) exam is required of all applicants. We only accept scores from the new version of the MCAT. For 2019 entry, the MCAT must have been taken no earlier than January 2016.

If you have taken the MCAT exam more than once, the Admissions Committee will mix-and-match the two most recent eligible exams to consider the best overall score.

The CASPer Test

Completion of the CASPer exam is mandatory for all MCW Medical School applicants. CASPer is an online test which assesses non-cognitive skills and interpersonal characteristics that we believe are important for successful students and physicians. This information will complement other tools we use for applicant screening, evaluation, and review and will further enhance the fairness and objectivity of our holistic review and selection process.

Your application will not be reviewed for possible interview selection until you have completed and submitted the CASPer exam. We highly recommend that you take the exam on the first available date. Please note that CASPer test scores are only valid for one admissions cycle. If you took the CASPer test as part of last year’s application, you will be required to retake the test this cycle as well. To take CASPer, you will need a computer with audio capabilities, a webcam, and a reliable internet connection on your selected test date. There is a $10 fee to take CASPer and a $10 fee to send your score to MCW. CASPer fees are waived for those approved for the AAMC Fee Assistance Program.

Please go to the CASPer Test website to sign up and reserve a test date using your AAMC ID and a government-issued photo ID. Do not register for test dates in December or January which fall after the secondary application deadline.

Please review more details about the CASPer test (PDF)


While it is recommended that all prerequisites be completed prior to taking the MCAT, completion of the prerequisites is not a requirement to have a file reviewed, be interviewed, or receive an offer. Completion of all prerequisites is a requirement for enrollment, and must be fulfilled by June 15th of the matriculation year.

To ensure accurate academic records, all official transcripts must be submitted by June 15th of the matriculation year. Transcripts must come directly from the educational institutions. AMCAS does not forward transcripts to the medical schools.

If you are on the quarter or trimester system, three quarters or trimesters are required.

Biology Chemistry Physics Math English Social Sciences
4 credits Advanced Biology with lab
(Anatomy & Physiology, Microbiology, Neurobiology, etc. will satisfy this requirement if the course includes a lab.)

3 or 4 credits in Biochemistry

(provided the course required both general and organic chemistry as prerequisites)

8 credits
4 credits
(statistics is recommended)
3 credits
(may use a writing-intensive course to satisfy this requirement.)
3 credits in psychology or sociology
*A course in oral communication (speech, interpersonal communication, etc.) is recommended.
**AP coursework will be accepted for the Physics and Math requirements only. All credits must be taken for a grade.


Letters of Recommendation

Required Undergraduate Letters: You must submit undergraduate letters of recommendation unless you graduated with your undergraduate degree at least five years ago. Letters must be submitted in one of the following formats:

  • Committee letter
  • Packet of letters
  • Two individual letters from classroom professors, one of whom must have taught biology, chemistry, physics, or a comparable science discipline.

Graduate Letters: Applicants who are currently or previously enrolled in a degree-granting graduate program are strongly recommended to submit a letter from a professor or thesis advisor in additional to the other required letters of recommendation.

Optional Letters

  • You may submit up to three optional letters. These letters are not required.
  • For optimal consideration, these should be also be submitted via AMCAS and be received by MCW before the application is complete.
  • If you are applying to the MD/PhD (MSTP) or MD/MS program, it is strongly recommended that you include a letter of recommendation speaking to your ability to become a physician-scientist.
  • Letters from Principal Investigators may be submitted as optional letters, but typically cannot fulfill the undergraduate letter requirement.

Letter Format

  • Letters of recommendation must be on official letterhead and signed by the author(s).
  • If the letter-writer is a Teaching Assistant, the letter must be co-signed by the Professor of the course.
  • It is the applicant’s responsibility to confirm that each letter-writer understands and complies with these requirements.
  • Letters of recommendation are accepted via US Postal Service and electronic providers including AMCAS, VirtualEvals, and Interfolio.

If you are requesting an exception, such as waiving undergraduate letters, please contact the Office of Admissions at or (414) 955-8246. Applicants assume all responsibility for submitting required application materials, including letters of recommendation. Failure to submit required materials may result in an unsuccessful review.


MCW–Milwaukee Selection Factors

  • Academic Achievement
  • MCAT and CASPer Scores
  • Personal Statement and Essays
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Experiences
  • Non-Cognitive Personal and Professional Characteristics
  • Personal Interview

Application Information

How To Apply

  • Initiate your application through AMCAS.
  • Upon receipt of a copy of your AMCAS application, MCW will provide access to complete your secondary application.
  • Deadline for Early Decision is August 1 and General Pool is November 1.
  • You are strongly advised to apply and complete your application early. Applications are reviewed by the Admissions Committee on a rolling basis by date of completion.  All required supplemental items must be received by MCW for a submitted application to be consider complete.
  • The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is required and must be taken no earlier than April 2015. Beginning with this application cycle, we will only be accepting scores from the new version of the exam.

Alternative Matriculation Options

Deferred Admission: Application to defer admission for one year is available to all admitted applicants, provided the applicant has met all their admissions contingencies. The applicant must file a formal request to defer by May 31. A decision on the deferral request will be communicated to the applicant shortly after.

Transfer Policy: The Medical College of Wisconsin only accepts transfer students demonstrating hardship into its third-year class from LCME-accredited schools. This is rare, as it is contingent on available space.

Page Updated 05/24/2018