Degree Offered

The Biophysics Graduate Program offers a Doctor of Philosophy.

Program Admission Requirements

The Biophysics Graduate Program encourages applications from students with strong backgrounds in chemistry, biology, biochemistry, biomedical engineering, physics, or mathematics and an enthusiasm for carrying out scientific research. The program consists of two major and largely independent tracks—Molecular Biophysics and Magnetic Resonance Imaging. 

The Molecular Biophysics section is a component member of the Interdisciplinary Program in Biomedical Sciences (IDP) and students wishing to pursue this track should apply to the IDP. The faculty in this section use biophysical techniques to study structural biology, free radicals in biology, and paramagnetic metal ions in biological systems. For example, current research includes studies on protein structure, functional dynamics, and free radical spin trapping. The Magnetic Resonance Imaging section emphasizes research in the areas of cognitive neuroscience, signal processing, statistical analysis, image production, and hardware development. Students wishing to pursue this track should apply directly to the Biophysics Graduate Program or through the Neuroscience Doctoral Program (NDP). Applicants to this track are expected to have a high level of competence in physics and mathematics. However, the program also admits students with backgrounds in biology, psychology, and medicine. Quantitative and analytical GRE scores should be above average. Personal statements and letters of recommendation from professors or research supervisors who know you well are highly regarded in the admission process.

The deadline for applications is January 15 for admission the following August. Typically, we admit three to five students per year.

We encourage you to contact us if you have any questions about our program:

For an application form and more information about the graduate programs at the Medical College of Wisconsin, please contact the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.

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Department of Biophysics
Medical College of Wisconsin
8701 Watertown Plank Road
Milwaukee, WI  53226-0509

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