Admission Requirements

Course Recommendations

  • Math through Calculus
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Genetics
  • Biochemistry
  • Cellular & Molecular Biology

Minimum GPA of 3.0 out of 4.0 from the last 60 semester hours of undergraduate work

Prior laboratory research experience

Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited US institution, or a comparable degree from an international institution

General Graduate Record Exam (GRE) Scores

  • Official scores must be reported directly from the ETS testing center to UW-Madison (institution code 1846)
  • GRE subject test is recommended but not required

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Scores

  • Official scores must be reported directly from the ETS testing center to UW-Madison (institution code 1846)
  • Required of all applicants whose native language is not English OR whose undergraduate instruction was not in English
  • Applicants are exempt from the TOEFL if:
    • The official language of instruction at the undergraduate level is exclusively English
    • They hold a degree from an accredited American college or university
    • They have completed and received grades for 2 semesters of course work at an accredited American college or university or an international university where English is the exclusive language of instruction

International Applicants Only: 
See the UW-Madison Graduate School Admission Requirements for grades, degree, and specifics of the English proficiency requirements