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Degrees and Continuing Education

At MCW, we offer several graduate degree programs that are designed to provide you the unique opportunity to train with nationally-recognized biomedical, health and population researchers, while allowing you to contribute to cutting-edge research and improving public and community health.


Degrees and Continuing Education

Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD)

We understand that earning your Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) requires hard work, focus and commitment, which is why at MCW, we surround you with a warm and collegial educational experience to support you in your endeavors. Unlike some colleges and universities, MCW PhD students are not required to teach in order to earn their stipend, allowing you to focus on your desired area of research. However, if you are interested in teaching, there may be opportunities for you to gain valuable teaching experience. In fact, MCW offers one of the most competitive compensation packages for PhD students, including a substantial stipend, tuition remission and complimentary health insurance.

PhD Program Degrees at MCW:


Whether you are considering pursuing your Master's degree directly upon completing your undergraduate education, or you are looking to gain additional knowledge and training to enhance your current career, MCW provides innovative, flexible and supportive Master's degree programs designed to help you chart your course in biomedical or health business and technology.

Master's Degrees at MCW:

Graduate Certificate

If you’re looking to advance your career or learn more about a specific area of interest in your field, MCW offers certificate programs to help you find the knowledge you seek. Our certificate programs are delivered through an innovative, online format, to meet the unique needs of busy professionals like you.

Certificate Programs at MCW:

Postdoctoral Education

If you’re interested in pursuing postdoctoral education, MCW offers a highly rated postdoctoral educational environment that is filled with opportunities for you to learn new skills, publish and write grants and manuscripts, collaborate with world renowned scientists and gain a competitive edge over your colleagues in the job market.

As a postdoctoral fellow, you will join a prestigious group of approximately 175 postdoctoral fellows. You will become part of a diverse team of professionals conducting additional cutting-edge research at a world-renowned institution. In addition, we offer abundant recreational, cultural and social opportunities, as well as a competitive salary and an excellent benefits package.

MCW’s Office of Postdoctoral Education provides resources and information to support you at all stages of your postdoctoral education, including seminars and annual retreats on career development in both academic and nonacademic settings, annual IDP trainings, scientific writing courses, Office of Postdoctoral Education-sponsored annual awards (travel awards, Excellence in Science awards, Outstanding Woman Postdoc award, and the opportunity to apply for Postdoc Industry Consultants (PICO) – an experience unique to MCW where postdocs work as a consultant in local businesses to gain real world business experience and enhance their own marketability.

For more information on the postdoctoral education opportunities available at MCW, please contact the Office of Postdoctoral Education, or subscribe to the newsletter.

Undergraduate Research

If you are an undergraduate student with a passion for science and research, the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) is here to provide you with a rich and diverse experience that includes the opportunity to learn not only about the field of biomedical sciences, but the exciting and fulfilling careers it includes.

Summer Program for Undergraduate Research (SPUR)

MCW’s Summer Program for Undergraduate Research (SPUR) has been offered at MCW for more than 30 years, and has hosted hundreds of students like you, who have gone on to make significant contributions to science and humanity. Our unique and supportive program hosts several undergraduate students annually, allowing you to engage with current graduate faculty, students and staff, and gain valuable experience while helping to contribute to ongoing basic and translational scientific research.

If science is your passion as an undergraduate student, you possess a 3.2 GPA or higher in your current coursework, and you are interested in pursuing a PhD in either basic or translational science, or our Medical Scientist Training program, we encourage you to look into our unique and supportive learning experience.

If you would like more information on MCW’s SPUR program, have questions regarding your eligibility, or if you wish to submit an application for consideration, please contact us.

Program for Undergraduate Research Experience (PURE)

Our Program for Undergraduate Research Experience (PURE) provides undergraduate students like you, the ability to participate in basic and translational scientific research, while interacting meaningfully with MCW’s graduate faculty and students, to gain valuable insight and experience while you are completing your undergraduate studies.

If you are looking forward to making a difference as a health scientist or health sciences leader, are enrolled as a sophomore or junior in your undergraduate studies, possess a 3.2 GPA or higher, and our program dates are parallel to your College or University semester/term, we invite you to take the first step toward an undergraduate experience that will connect you with some of the best and brightest minds in research science.

For more information on MCW’s PURE program, including a listing of participating departments and faculty, if you have any questions, or if you wish to submit an application for review, please contact us.

“I will cherish the experience that I gained from this program, and I am thankful that MCW does this for undergraduate students. I will recommend this program to anyone who’s teetering with the decision of what they want to do after they finish their undergraduate degree in science.”


“These ten weeks have been one of the most rewarding experiences of my undergraduate career. I am elated to have had the opportunity to work with fantastic faculty members and peers every day.”


June 2016

“I gained very valuable experience and relationships through the SPUR program this year. I am really grateful for the opportunity I have had to be a part of this lab and this program.”


June 2016

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