Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

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Application Process

Degree-Seeking Application Procedure

  1. Complete a Degree Seeking application online, submit with $50 payment (non-refundable).
    *The Medical College of Wisconsin will waive the $50 application fee for current McNair Scholars interested in any of the PhD programs.  You must select the "current McNair Scholar" checkbox on the application payment screen within the online application.
  2. Make arrangements for official transcripts from all previous undergraduate, graduate and medical institutions to be sent directly to the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.  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 for applicants to PhD programs.  International applicants may have additional requirements, see "International Students".
  3. Arrange for an "official" test score report for the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) to be sent directly from ETS to the Graduate School of Biomedical Science.  Note our institution code is 1519, and department code is 0000 (or leave the department code blank).
  4. Arrange for three letters of recommendation, along with three "Admission Recommendation Forms" to be sent directly from the recommender to the graduate school office.   Any recommendation letters/forms received via the applicant are required to arrive with signature seals intact.
  5. All applicants whose native language is NOT English or who have NOT received their undergraduate education in a U.S. college or university MUST submit scores from the required assessment of English language proficiency, the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), and make arrangement 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 whose native language is not English but who have received their undergraduate education in an English language speaking country do not have to submit these scores.
    • Non-native English speakers who graduate with an undergraduate degree from an institution whose language of instruction is English but not in an English language country must submit scores.
    • All requirements are based on your undergraduate education regardless of any graduate education.
    • Transferring to a college/university in an English language speaking country to complete an undergraduate degree does not qualify you for a waiver.

“Native language” is defined as the language you grew up speaking in your family, your community, or your nation.  Graduate students must demonstrate a level of oral proficiency in the English language.”

  1. Requesting a Waiver – Applicants with an earned PhD, MD or JD may seek a waiver* from the Dean of the Graduate School for the GRE score requirement.  The request must be in writing to the Director of Enrollment who will then seek endorsement from the program, before a decision is rendered.
    *MPH and Public and Community Health applicants must submit official GRE scores.

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 Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.  Transcripts in the hands
       of prospective students are not accepted as "official" unless remitted with signed seals intact. 
       International applicants may have additional requirements, see "International Students."
3.    Arrange two letters of recommendation, along with two "Admission Recommendation Forms" to be
       sent directly from the recommender to the graduate school office.  Any recommendation letters/forms
       received via the applicant are required to arrive with signature seals intact.

       *Public Health Certificate seeking applicants must provide three recommendations and forms.

4.    Non-U.S. citizens are required to take TOEFL and make arrangement 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 Test.  The Institution Code is 1519, Department code is 0000.


Non-Degree Seeking Application Procedure

Complete a "Non-Degree Seeking" application online, submit with $50 payment. 

Non-degree seeking admission is available for those who wish to pursue continued professional development. Non-Degree Admission affords a student 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. 

International applicants may have additional requirements, see "International Students."


Joint-Degree Application Procedure


Admissions

All required information should be submitted by the applicant directly to the Graduate School office.

  • Review of completed applications is conducted by a faculty committee within the academic department/program. The outcome of the committee review is forwarded to the Dean as a recommendation for admission or rejection.
  • Final action on each application is carried out by the Dean, who signs all letters of acceptance or rejection on behalf of the academic program and MCW.
  • Applicants requesting a waiver of the GRE, TOEFL, or other application requirements should include this request in writing with application materials.

Admission Requirements
Any graduate of an accredited college or university is eligible for admission to the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences as a degree candidate provided:

  1. The minimum academic requirements of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and of the graduate program are met, and
  2. The program admissions committee determines that the individual shows a commitment to a program of graduate studies and a likelihood for success in these studies.
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