Letters of Recommendation

Medical College of Wisconsin

Letters of Recommendation


The following letters of recommendation are required for all programs:

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.

Required Graduate Letters: Applicants currently or previously enrolled in a degree-granting graduate program are required to submit one letter of recommendation from a professor or thesis advisor. Applicants recently accepted to a graduate program are not required to submit a letter.

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 or graduate letters, please contact the Office of Admissions at medschool@mcw.edu or (414) 955-8246.

Page Updated 05/30/2018