Frequently Asked Questions

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  When are TOEFL scores a requirement?

All applicants whose native language is NOT English or who have NOT received their undergraduate or master's 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 or master's education in an English language speaking country do not have to submit these scores.
  • Non-native English speakers who graduate with an undergraduate or master's degree from an institution whose language of instruction is English but not in an English language country must submit scores.
  • 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.”

  Can my recommenders submit their letters of recommendation online?

No. All three letters of recommendation, along with three Admission Recommendation Forms (PDF) need 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.

  How many students are admitted to the program each year?

Each year we will select 2-3 highly qualified students interested in furthering knowledge and research skills in Biostatistics.

  When are students admitted into the program?

Students are admitted for the Fall semester only.

  What is the cost and availability of housing in the Milwaukee area?

Many rental units are available in pleasant residential neighborhoods surrounding the Medical College. Housing costs begin at about $550 per month for a married couple or 2 students sharing an apartment. The usual stipend supports a modest standard of living.

  What kind of financial support is provided?

Students are supported by fellowships for the first 18 months, followed by research assistantships for the remainder of the program. Both include full tuition remission, health insurance and stipend.

  When are students notified about acceptance in the program?

End of February or March

  What career possibilities are there after graduation?
  • Pharmaceutical & Consultant Industries
  • Government & Non-Profit Agencies
  • Academic Institutions

Specifically, some Alumni have been employed at Novartis, Takeda Pharmaceuticals, The Medical College of Wisconsin, and SAS Business Analytics and Business Intelligence Software following graduation.

  What is the student to faculty ratio in the program?

Class sizes are small. Usually student to faculty ratios are better than 1:1.

  How big is the MCW student body?

There are more than 1,265 students enrolled in educational programs at the Medical College. This includes 816 medical students and more than 450 graduate students.

  Does the PhD program offer courses online or remote course options?

The Biostatistics PhD program trains students in biostatistical methodology, theory, and practice. Students get a large portion of experience through engaging in collaborative research projects, requiring students to be able to meet on-campus.

As of right now we do not see remote capabilities becoming available anytime soon, however we still continue to explore this option.

  What is the contact information for the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences?

The Medical College of Wisconsin
The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
8701 Watertown Plank Road
Milwaukee, WI 53226-0509

Recruitment Office: (414) 955-4402
Graduate School: (414) 988-8218

  Can I be admitted in the program as a part-time student?

No. At this time we do not currently offer students part-time positions in our program.

  Who can I contact with additional questions about the PhD program in Biostatistics?

PhD Program Contacts

Medical College of Wisconsin
PhD Program in Biostatistics
8701 Watertown Plank Rd.
Milwaukee, WI 53226-0509

(414) 955-8280
(414) 955-6513 (fax)