Students interested in the Biomedical Graduate Program Consortium apply online through the UW-Madison Graduate School. The online application generally is available in early September.

Minimum requirements

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Graduate School requires a minimum undergraduate grade-point average (GPA) of 3.00 on the equivalent of the last 60 semester hours (approximately two years of work) or a master's degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00. Applicants from an international institution must demonstrate strong academic achievement comparable to a 3.00 for an undergraduate or master's degree. All GPAs are based on a 4.00 scale. The Graduate School will use your institution's grading scale. Do not convert your grades to a 4.00 scale.

The Graduate School requires a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or a comparable degree from an international institution. International applicants must have a degree comparable to a regionally accredited U.S. bachelor's degree. For specific information about comparable degrees in your country, and which academic documents are required, refer to the Graduate School’s admission requirements.

As the programs in the Biomedical Graduate Program Consortium are at the intersection of several basic sciences, students entering the programs generally have degrees in animal sciences, biology, biochemistry, chemistry, pharmacy or related fields.

International applicants are required to have adequate financial resources to cover their expenses for the duration of their studies at UW-Madison. General information for international students is available from the International Student Services website.


The admissions committee considers the above criteria, as well as current availability of program resources, in recommending acceptance into the program.

In January, the most promising candidates are invited to Madison for a winter recruitment weekend, which includes interviews with faculty and students. (Note: Different arrangements are made for students who do not live in the United States.)

Offers of admission are typically made in February and March.

Students are required to notify the program of their decision by April 15.

Applicants who meet the standards but are not initially recommended for admission are placed on a waiting list until the initial recruitment process is completed, typically in April.