As you apply to a UW-Madison graduate degree program, you need to be aware of two different sets of requirements:
1. Graduate school minimum admissions requirements, and
2. Department or Program admission requirements
A complete application requires following both the Graduate School and the Biophysics Graduate Degree Program requirements. Submit only the materials requested to the two respective organizations.
To the Graduate School:
- Complete the https://apply.grad.wisc.edu/
- $75 non-refundable application fee - payable by credit card, debit/atm card, check or money order drawn on a United States bank. Do not send cash. (The UW Graduate School offers a limited number of application fee grants to eligible students. If you are not eligible for a fee grant from the UW Graduate School, but you participated in a pipeline program designed to prepare students for graduate studies, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about the possibility of obtaining a fee waiver from the Biophysics Program.)
*Please note: The application fee pays for up to 3 different programs
Send checks or money orders to:
Office of Graduate Admissions
228 Bascom Hall, 500 Lincoln Drive
Madison, WI 53706-1380 USA
Do not send any additional materials to the Graduate School.
International students: Financial Information will be requested by the Graduate School after the Biophysics
Program makes a recommendation for admission.
Follow this link for information on typical international student expenses to attend UW-Madison.
To the Biophysics Degree Program:
- Transcripts must be submitted from each institution that you have attended and listed on your graduate school application (undergraduate and graduate). Records from international institutions must be in the original language with an official English translation. Copies of transcripts must be uploaded to the online application. If there are issues uploading the transcript to the online application, please email them to: email@example.com. The program no longer requires mailed hard copy transcripts for the initial screening. If accepted to the program, an official hard copy will be requested.
- Reasons for graduate study (address in narrative essay form your reasons and goals for graduate study) uploaded as part of the online application.
- List of awards, honors and publications, separate or included in the resume, uploaded as part of the online application.
Three letters of recommendation:
Qualified references include faculty and/or supervisors, who have familiarity with the applicant's intellectual, academic and research oriented capabilities, accomplishments and temperament. Recommendations are included as part of your online application.
- GRE scores sent electronically to UW-Madison (use code 1846); copies of the GRE scores may be uploaded by the applicant for initial review but this does not substitute for official electronic submission using the institutional code
- TOEFL scores (if applicable) sent electronically to UW-Madison (use code 1846); copies of the GRE scores may be uploaded by the applicant for initial review but this does not substitute for official electronic submission using the institutional code. Every applicant whose native language is not English, or whose previous undergraduate/graduate instruction was not in English must provide official scores from the TOEFL exam or alternatively the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB)
- CV or Resume: Not required but strongly recommended
Biophysics Degree Program
413 Bock Laboratories
1525 Linden Drive
Madison, WI 53706 USA
Deadline: December 15. Applications received after the deadline may not receive consideration.
B. GPA, GRE, TOEFL Guidelines
GPA: A minimum GPA of 3.0/4.0 (75%) is required for admission; students recently admitted to the Biophysics
Program have had GPA's of 3.25/4.0 (82%) or higher.
GRE: Graduate Record Exam scores are required as part of the application submitted to the Biophysics
Program. Taking an Advanced GRE test in a relevant topical area is recommended but not required.
Percentile scores on the GRE for students admitted to the program are typically equal or greater than 60
Verbal, 80 Quantitative, 80 Analytical and 85 Advanced.
TOEFL: International applicants from countries with an official language other than English must take and
submit a score for the TOEFL Exam. A TOEFL score of 600 (250 on the computer based test scale; 92 on
the internet based (iBT) scale or 82 on the MELAB) or greater is preferred for admission to the Biophysics
C. Financial Assistance & Health Insurance
All offers of admission to the Graduate Degree Program in Biophysics come with a waiver of tuition and stipend support as a research assistant, fellow or trainee. Application for admission makes the applicant eligible for each of these forms of University provided support - no separate application for these forms of financial assistance is required. Scholarships, fellowships and aid provided through external organizations are subject to the requirements and deadlines of the respective organization. Applicants are encouraged to explore and apply for external forms of financial assistance since this may expand the number of research laboratories that can accept the student for the thesis research. Graduate students, research assistants, fellows, and trainees at UW-Madison are eligible for health insurance plans offered by the University. Both single and family plans are offered at very reasonable cost. For more information please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applicants will be notified of the admissions committee's decision soon after their on campus recruiting visit. In order to receive acceptance into the program, students must participate in the Biophysics recruiting weekend. Invitations will be extended in late December for the recruiting visit scheduled for February 8-10, 2018.