What is the purpose of the Master's Degree Program (MMP) in Medical Physiology?
The Master's in Medical Physiology Program at MCW is a one-year degree-granting program designed to help college graduates strengthen their academic credentials in preparation for application to U.S. medical schools. This program is closely integrated with the first year medical student (M1) curriculum at MCW, thereby providing our students with a comparable experience encountered as a medical student, including examinations. Students are paired with faculty and peer mentors who help guide each student throughout the year toward successful completion of the program. Graduates of this program will have a strong foundation for medical school, graduate school, and jobs in academia, industry, or government positions.
Who can apply to the program?
Guidelines for admission include an earned baccalaureate degree or equivalent from an accredited institution, an overall GPA of 3.2 or better, an overall GPA in math and science of 3.0 or better. Applicants are recommended to have a minimum MCAT score of 25 or 500 (newest) completed within 18 months of the time of application. No GRE, DAT or other standardized test scores will be required. GRE scores (Verbal >50% and Quantitative >50%) will be considered if scores on the MCAT are not available at the time of application to the program with requirements for GPA scores as indicated above.
How many students are accepted into the program each year?
The MMP will accept 25-30 students for the 2018-2019 academic year.
How does the MMP program decide who to accept?
Selection of candidates will be based upon overall undergraduate college performance, letters of recommendation from three individuals (at least two must be from university/college faculty), MCAT scores (or GRE scores if MCAT scores are not available at the time of application), and a written personal statement defining their interest in this program. No personal interviews will be conducted. Rolling admissions (for Fall admission only) will be used to fill the class. Once the class size is reached, qualified students will be placed on a waitlist. If accepted students are subsequently accepted to medical school or decline to matriculate into the MMP, wait-listed applicants will be offered admission until the maximum class size has been reached. Written notice of admission into MMP will be provided solely by the Dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at MCW.
Are interviews a part of the applicant evaluation process for admittance into the program?
No. Acceptance into the Master's in Medical Physiology Program will be based on review of all required written materials submitted by the applicants. Acceptance will only be granted if all required materials are submitted.
Do I take the same classes as medical students if accepted into the program?
Yes, some of the courses you will complete are courses our first year medical students (M1 students) are required to complete including General Human Physiology, Clinical Human Anatomy, and Molecules to Cell.
Will I be graded differently than medical students taking the same courses?
Although the MMP students will take the exact same exams with medical students, they will be graded on a letter scale (A, B, C, etc.) in order to derive a cumulative GPA for the program upon completion which can be provided to medical school upon application. However, we will also provide a "virtual rank" for each course taken with the medical students to provide information regarding performance against current medical students.
Does completing the Master's in Medical Physiology Program guarantee acceptance into medical school?
No. Successful completion of the program does not guarantee acceptance into medical school. However, outstanding performance and completion of the program will allow medical school admissions committees to directly compare your performance with current first year medical students at MCW to better gauge expected performance in their medical school. In addition, successful completion of the program will provide an additional GPA for admissions committees to consider upon application.
When can I apply to the MMP?
Applications are accepted for Fall 2018 matriculation beginning in October 2017.
If I decide to pursue a graduate degree (PhD) in Physiology, will the completion of the this program count toward the completion of a PhD in Physiology at MCW?
Yes. Successful completion of the MMP degree requirements can be counted toward completion of some of the degree requirements of the PhD program in Physiology at MCW as long as the grades achieved in each of the common courses are a "B" or better.
How do I apply to the MMP program?
Applications for Fall 2018 admissions are accepted beginning in October 2017. Submit your online application through the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences online system.
If accepted into the program, when would I begin?
Upon acceptance into this program, orientation will be in mid-August 2018 and classes starting the following week.
What are the costs of applying to the program? What are the costs of tuition and other associated program costs (books and other fees)?
Both in-state and out-of-state tuition for 2017-2018 will be $42,000. Tuition for 2018-2019 is pending.
Additional benefits of the MMP Program
- Clinical Observership opportunity (up to 12 weeks) at VA Hospital in Milwaukee during Spring term.
- Mock Medical School Admissions Interviews conducted by Physiology faculty members.
- Full access to Academic Enhancement Sessions and tutoring sessions offered for the M1 courses.