Admission Requirements for the Interdisciplinary Program
The IDP program recruits dedicated and motivated students who wish to obtain a doctoral degree in the biomedical sciences. You should ideally have completed 8 semester hours each of biology, general chemistry, and physics as well as courses in college-level mathematics and statistics. Ideally, you must have a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale). The General Test of the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) is required. For applicants whose native language is not English, the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is also required.
In addition to your academic record, and the above quantitative assessments, we highly value candidates who have previously shown an aptitude for laboratory research. Experience working in a laboratory setting either from employment, summer research programs such as our SPUR program, or participation in undergraduate science projects, are highly desirable. It is important however, that this experience is more than routine labor, and that you demonstrate a significant level of understanding of the science, and an intellectual curiosity about the projects in which you have been involved. We require three letters of recommendation for your application, and if these letters can address your ability to work in a research laboratory setting, then so much the better.
The Application/Admission Process
The first stage of the admissions processes is to fill in our application form. Make sure you check the 'Interdisciplinary Program in Biomedical Sciences' box, and check as many areas of interest that apply. This information helps us match you with faculty on interview day. Once your application is complete, it is forwarded to the admissions committee for assessment. If your application survives the first cut, we will invite you to MCW for a visit/interview. Interviews for the next admission cycle of 2016-2017 will be held in late January and late February of 2016. Late-arriving applications continue to be evaluated and additional interview days may be scheduled for promising candidates. The purpose of the interview is not only to further assess you as a candidate, but also to allow you to experience the breadth and depth of the research opportunities available at MCW and to see our institution first hand.
We finish the day off with a mixer – to which all faculty and students are invited – and dinner with some of our faculty and current students. After the interview day, the admissions committee will meet within a week to make a decision on your application and you will shortly receive word that you are accepted, on hold, or rejected. To be placed 'on hold' means that we find much merit in your application, but we wish to interview more applicants before we make a final decision. Usually, more than half of the applicants placed on our hold list are eventually offered admission to the program. Good luck and we look forward to receiving your application.