Prospective Students

The Cellular & Molecular Biology (CMB) graduate program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison provides students the opportunity to work with more than 190 CMB faculty trainers in over 40 academic departments.  CMB faculty trainers are grouped into areas of research strength called focus groups.  Coursework and research experience allows students to obtain a solid foundation in Cellular and Molecular Biology that is tailored to the professional objectives of each student.

The CMB Program only offers Fall semester admission, there is not an option for Spring semester admission.  The application deadline is December 1.  Once the online application has been submitted you will be given access to MyUW, an online system, to check the status of your application.  The MyUW checklist is updated regularly to show what materials (GRE scores, TOEFL scores, letters of recommendation, transcripts) are still needed to complete the application.  The checklist also indicates when the CMB Program has received all of the  materials for a complete application.

The CMB Admissions Committee uses a holistic review process and reads all applications that are completed by the December 1st application deadline.  All application materials (online application, application fee, personal statement, official GRE and TOEFL scores, official transcripts, and letters of recommendation) must be received by the December 1st deadline to ensure consideration.  There is no minimum GRE score for the CMB Program and the UW-Madison Graduate School sets the minimum standards for the TOEFL scores.

The CMB Program accepts and reviews both international and domestic applications.  There is not a set number of international students that are accepted each year.  The statistics are 5 year averages of application numbers, admission rates, GRE/TOEFL scores, and GPA's.  All students who are granted admission, both domestic and international, are offered a yearly stipend of $26,000, full remission of tuition, and the opportunity to purchase outstanding health insurance at a minimal cost.  The City of Madison also offers a very affordable cost of living compared to other large cities.