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Medical College of Wisconsin Graduate School - Prospective Students

The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) is the Midwest’s premiere academic medical institution, focusing on the translation of new knowledge into the improved health and well-being of the communities we serve and beyond.


Information for Prospective Students



Applicants to the MCW Graduate School must submit an online application as well as all required materials by the priority application deadline date of the program(s) they are applying to in order to receive guaranteed consideration for admission. Please see below for information regarding our priority application dates. Applications and materials will still be accepted beyond the priority application dates.

The amount and type of required application materials will vary depending on the program(s) being applied to. They typically include letters of recommendation, official transcripts, and a test score. Note that a) not all programs require a test score, b) those that do generally prefer or will at least accept the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) test type, and c) an English language proficiency test score from services including Duolingo, IELTS, or TOEFL is required for applicants who have not previously participated in or graduated from a U.S.-based, non-online undergraduate or graduate degree program.

Once an application is complete, it will be reviewed for admission consideration by the faculty/staff of our various admitting programs. The timeline for review will vary by program, and some programs include an interview component as part of their process. The admitting program will make admission recommendations to the Graduate School, and the Graduate School will formally communicate the decision to applicants. We encourage applicants to reach out to or (414) 955-8218 for any questions or concerns. If an applicant has submitted an application, they can check on the situation of their materials by visiting their status portal.

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Priority Application Deadline Dates

Priority Application Deadline Dates

The MCW Graduate School operates on a rolling admissions basis, which means we are constantly accepting and reviewing applications throughout the year. However, it is in the applicant’s best interest to complete their application (i.e. online application submitted and all required materials received) on or before the priority application date of the program(s) they are applying to, which will ensure that there is sufficient time for the program to review candidacy for the term that the applicant is applying for.

Doctorate Programs

  • December 1: Public & Community Health and Public Health (DrPH)
  • December 3: Interdisciplinary Program in Biomedical Sciences
  • December 15: Biomedical Engineering, Neuroscience, Pharmacology & Toxicology, and Physiology
  • January 15: Biophysics and Biostatistics

Master/Graduate Certificate Programs and Non-Degree/Guest Applicants

  • Fall Term Enrollment
    • December 15: Genetic Counseling (MS)
    • March 1: Biostatistics & Data Science (MA) and Global Health Equity (MS)
    • July 1: Advanced Qualifications in Human Subject Protection (Certificate), Bioethics (MA), Clinical Bioethics (Certificate), Clinical & Translational Science (MS & Certificate), Community Health Assessment & Planning (Certificate), Medical Physiology, Neuroethics (Certificate), Population Health Management (Certificate), Precision Medicine (MS & Certificate), Public Health (MPH & Certificate)
  • Spring Term Enrollment
    • November 1: Bioethics (MA), Clinical Bioethics (Certificate), Community Health Assessment & Planning (Certificate), Global Health Equity (MS), Neuroethics (Certificate), Population Health Management (Certificate), and Public Health (MPH & Certificate)
    • December 1: Precision Medicine (MS & Certificate)
  • Summer Term Enrollment
    • April 1: Bioethics (MA), Clinical Bioethics (Certificate), Community Health Assessment & Planning (Certificate), Population Health Management (Certificate), and Public Health (MPH & Certificate)

These priority dates are subject to change and can be extended but never condensed

Graduate School Mission Statement

Graduate School Mission Statement

The mission of MCW’s School of Graduate Studies is to provide world‐class research and training opportunities for students in the biomedical and health related sciences environment, which cultivates and integrates basic science and clinically oriented research, applied learning and community.
Degrees and Continuing Education

Degrees and Continuing Education

We offer a wide variety of graduate degree and certificate programs…

We also feature a supportive postdoctoral fellowship training experience as well as undergraduate research opportunities.

Schedule a Visit

Schedule a Visit

Those interested in an in-person or virtual visit can reach out to us at or (414) 955-8218 to inquire further.
Faculty Bios and Research

Faculty Bios and Research

MCW has one of the lowest student-to-faculty ratios in the world. Our faculty are highly supportive and dedicated to educating and training the next generation of scientists and healthcare professionals.

Graduate School Tuition & Financial Support

Our full-time, doctorate degree-seeking students receive a substantial financial support package that includes:

  • Full tuition coverage
  • A stipend of $33,612/year (2023-2024 academic year)
  • Complimentary health insurance

This package comes standard with every admission offer and is guaranteed to students from the time they enroll through completion of their degree requirements so long as acceptable academic and professional standing is maintained.
Our master degree and graduate certificate programs are tuition-based with varying fee structures, from a per credit to an overall program cost model.


Annual Campus Safety Report

Statement to Prospective Faculty, Staff and Students:

The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) prepares and publishes its Annual Campus Safety Report in compliance with the Higher Education Act of 1965, otherwise known as the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act). This report outlines MCW’s security policies and discloses campus crime statistics for the three most recent calendar years.

This report is available to all current and prospective faculty, staff and students. An electronic version of the report can be accessed at this location. A paper copy of this report may be obtained by contacting Medical College of Wisconsin, Public Safety, 8701 Watertown Plank Rd., Milwaukee, WI 53226 or by calling (414) 955-8295.

Contact Us

Graduate School
Suite H2200
8701 Watertown Plank Rd.
Milwaukee, WI 53226

(414) 955-8218

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