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  Admission Requirements

Graduates of accredited colleges or universities with an earned baccalaureate degree are eligible for admission to the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences provided that the minimum academic requirements of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and of the program are met, and the program admissions committee determines that individuals show a commitment to a program of graduate studies and a likelihood for success in these studies.

The applicant should:

  • Have overall grade point average (GPA) of B (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) or greater and a B average in science and math for related degree programs
  • Submit official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores for the General Test that includes verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing
  • Provide letters of recommendation and required forms from appropriate individuals
  • Submit a carefully constructed personal statement describing the applicant’s career goals and reasons for interest in graduate school.

Other indicators of a commitment to a graduate program are carefully weighed in the admissions process. These may include participation in research, particularly mentored research programs, and related professional and life experiences.

Individual programs may have more stringent requirements than those of the Graduate School. Applicants with an earned PhD, MD or JD may seek a waiver for the GRE score requirement from the Dean.

  Technical Standards for Admission and Graduation

Technical standards, distinguished from academic standards for admission to the College, consist of the minimum physical, cognitive, and emotional attributes required to provide reasonable assurance that a student can complete the entire course of study and participate fully in all aspects of their training. Technical standards described here are a prerequisite for admission to, and for graduation from, the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.

Physical Requirements
After adequate training and experience, the candidate must be capable of performing the experimental work required by the graduate program which he has entered. The specific requirements will vary from program to program, and within the specific research area in a program.

A candidate must be able to communicate effectively with, and receive communication from, others in relevant biomedical fields. Communication includes both speech and writing in formal and informal settings.

Intellectual, Conceptual, Integrative and Quantitative Abilities
A candidate must have the critical, problem-solving skills required in the proposed field of study. These skills include the ability to measure, calculate, reason, analyze and synthesize.

Behavioral and Social Attributes
A candidate must possess the emotional health, maturity and self-discipline required for full utilization of his intellectual ability and for successful participation in, and completion of, the program of study.

The Medical College of Wisconsin may require that an applicant undergo a skills evaluation. The Medical College of Wisconsin will endeavor to select and administer evaluations that accurately reflect the applicant’s or student’s aptitude or achievement level rather than the applicant’s or student’s disability.

The College is committed to capitalizing on technological advances that create new opportunities for participation by disabled persons and will incorporate changes into its programs where feasible. A qualified disabled applicant or student shall not on the basis of his disability (except those that would preclude meeting the above-listed technical standards) be excluded from participation in graduate programs of the Medical College of Wisconsin.

  International Students

Applicants from countries in which the language of instruction is not English must demonstrate an ability to speak, read, write and understand the English language competently. The College requires that the applicant take and satisfactorily pass the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A minimum acceptable TOEFL score is 100 on the Internet-based version including Speaking. This test is offered by the Educational Testing Service, Box 899, Princeton, New Jersey 08540, U.S.A. The applicant should have sufficient knowledge of English to understand lectures in English, to participate in seminar discussions and to write examinations. If, upon arrival at the College, a student’s command of English is not found to be adequate, further instruction in English may be required at the student’s own expense. International applicants who complete their undergraduate degree in the US, UK, AU, NZ or CA (excluding Quebec) are not required to take the TOEFL unless specifically requested to do so by the Program Director or Dean of the Graduate School.

International applicants must provide official documents of college/or university transcripts/mark sheets in the language of instruction and in English. If academic records do not include proof of degree award, official documents of the diploma/certificate must also be provided. Official documents bear the original seals, stamps or signatures of the institution officials.

  Degree-Seeking Applicants

Master of Science and Master of Arts Degree programs require a minimum of 30 credits, within a maximum of four years for degree completion. Master of Public Health Degree Program requires a minimum of 42 credits within a maximum of five years for degree completion. Doctor of Philosophy Degree programs require a minimum of 60 credits, and an original contribution of research, within a maximum of seven years for degree completion.

Degree Seekers must have on file the following before they can be considered for admission:

  • A completed Degree-Seeking Application
  • Official transcripts of all previously attended undergraduate or higher academic institutions must be sent directly to the Registrar of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
  • Official results of the Graduate Record Exam (or MCAT, LSAT or GMAT results)
    *MPH and Public & Community Health applicants must submit official GRE scores.
  • The required three letters of recommendation, along with three recommendation forms
  • Application fee $50.00.

Completed applications are considered on a rolling basis; however for fall admission to basic science programs, applications received prior to January 15 are given priority consideration.

Completed files are reviewed by an admissions committee of the program applied to. The committee will forward its recommendation to the Dean of the Graduate School for final review and decision. The applicant will be notified in writing of the Dean’s action. Only the Dean of the Graduate School may make offers of admission. All acceptances are conditional upon successful completion of current course work.

  Non-Degree-Seeking Applicants

Applicants may be permitted to enroll as a non-degree-seeking student. Employees of the Medical College of Wisconsin, graduate students from other institutions, applicants interested in continuing professional development, and applicants considering full-time graduate study may apply for non-degree-seeking admission. Non-degree-seeking admission is for three consecutive terms. Non-degree-seeking students are limited to part-time enrollment and a maximum of 15 credits within a school year. Note: coursework taken as a non-degree seeker may be applied to a degree program, but not in all situations. See the Transfer of Credit policy.

Non-Degree-Seekers must have on file the following before they can be considered for admission:

  • A completed Non-Degree-Seeking Application
  • Official transcript for an earned baccalaureate or higher level degree from the issuing institution sent directly to the Registrar of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
  • Application fee $50.00.
  Certificate-Seeking Applicants

Applicants may be permitted to enroll as a certificate-seeking student. Certificate seekers should check the credit and course requirements specific to the certificate program of interest. A maximum of two years is granted for certificate completion. Transfer of appropriate credits from a certificate program into a degree program is automatic if matriculation in the degree program occurs within one year of completion of the certificate program.

Certificate Seekers must have on file the following before they can be considered for admission:

  • A completed Certificate Seeking Application
  • Official transcripts of all previously attended undergraduate or higher academic institutions must be sent directly to the Registrar of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
  • The required two letters of recommendation for Bioethics certificate programs or required three letters of recommendation for Public Health certificate program, along with recommendation forms for each recommendation letter
  • Application fee $50.00.
  Application Reactivation

Applications remain on file for three (3) years. Applicants who have either withdrawn their application or were rejected for admission within that period may request that their retained application be reconsidered (re-activated) for the next admission cycle. The request for reactivation must be in writing and should be submitted to the Graduate School. If the applicant would like to add supporting materials or update the application in any way, a new application fee of $50 is required. It is in the applicant’s best interest to update the application and, if relevant, include information on what the applicant has done during the past year. New letters of recommendation may also help if authored by a recent supervisor who can address the applicant’s improved preparedness for the degree program of interest.

  Applications for Admissions

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Mailing address:
Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Medical College of Wisconsin
8701 Watertown Plank Road
P.O. Box 26509
Milwaukee, WI 53226-0509