A completed application to the Biomedical Graduate Program Consortium includes the submission of transcripts, personal statement, CV or resume, three letters of recommendation and the application fee.

Graduate School application

Complete the UW-Madison Graduate School application, available online beginning early September. Within the Graduate School application:

  • Transcripts must be uploaded in the application system (“Education” section)
    • For the purposes of your application, you need only upload unofficial transcripts (it is acceptable to upload an official transcript in electronic format, as long as it is not “secured”).  
    • Please include transcripts for all post-secondary coursework you have completed.
    • The file should be a PDF no larger than 4MB. Do not print secured transcripts and then scan as PDF.
    • Programs no longer require mailed hard copy transcripts and will accept only electronic versions for the initial screening.
    • If accepted into a program, official transcript(s) will be requested.
  • personal statement should be completed in the application system (“Statements & CV” section). The personal statement is a place for you to communicate to the admissions committee such things as:
    • Your research interests and future career goals
    • Why you have chosen to apply for this particular graduate program at UW-Madison
    • Previous research or research-related experience
    • Any extraneous information or discrepancies in application materials including: information regarding low GPA during a specific semester(s), time off from school, a career change, etc.
    • Information about yourself regarding character, work ethic, etc.
  • CV or resume must be uploaded in the application system (“Statements & CV” section). This document will highlight the exemplary aspects of your background, including:
    • Educational training
    • Honors and awards received
    • Authored publications
    • Scientific presentations
    • Research or research-related experience (including name of PI and description summary of work performed)
    • Any other information you feel will contribute to your application
  • Three letters of recommendation are required and must be submitted electronically. The instructions for submitting electronic letters of recommendation can be found on the Graduate School Application (linked above). More than three letters may be submitted. References should be familiar with your research experience or academic background, such as research advisors and/or professors.
  • It is not necessary to send copies of manuscripts as these materials are available through online databases. These items are not circulated to the admissions committee during the review process.

Application fee

Submit the $75 non-refundable application fee to the Graduate School. (An additional $6 fee for administrative processing is required for international applicants only.) You can apply for up to three programs with a single application fee.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

GRE scores are not required. If submitting GRE scores, use institution code 1846.

English proficiency

English proficiency test scores are required if you are an international applicant or if your undergraduate instruction was not in English. The Graduate School lists minimum test score requirements.