Students must apply to and become accepted to a home PhD program. Students can apply to one or more PhD program through the single UW-Madison Graduate School Electronic Application page. Students can apply to up to three PhD programs with one application fee. It is important to note that some PhD programs have additional requirements outlined on their web pages – students should check the details outlined for specific programs they are interested in applying to.
Most applications are due in the late fall of the year preceding study. Different programs have different processes for admittance – many programs will invite students for an interview in the early spring, while others will do a direct admittance. Check the pages of the specific PhD programs for details.
General checklist for application:
- Check the prerequisites and additional application details of the home PhD program(s) students are most interested in.
2. Review the UW-Graduate School Admissions requirements.
3. Complete the online application. Be prepared to submit the following:
a) Personal statement/reasons for graduate study:
In 1-2 pages, describe your career goals, research interests, past and present research experience, and why you’re interested in the PhD program of interest and the QBio PhD minor.
b) Three letters of recommendation:
Three separate Letters of Recommendation are required. They should be written by individuals who can accurately evaluate your potential for graduate study and should include current or previous research advisors. In the online application, list your references and their requested contact information. Our Graduate School will email instructions to each of your references. Let your references know ahead of time that the Graduate School will send them a request for their letter of recommendation via email.
c) Application fee:
The $75.00 application fee is non-refundable and may be paid by credit card (Mastercard or Visa), debit/atm card, personal check, or money order (drawn on a U.S. bank).
4. Submit any additional materials required for the home PhD program. Check the program webpages for instructions.