When to Apply

Our deadline is December 1 for consideration for admission to our Ph.D. program in biochemistry in the following fall semester.

Early applications are strongly encouraged. The admissions review process begins in November and applications submitted in full before November 1 will be considered in advance of the December deadline. The Admissions Committee must receive your complete application by November 1 or December 1 for full consideration.


Maria S. Katsoulidis
Student Services Coordinator


  • Candidates must meet the general requirements of the UW–Madison Graduate School.
  • Candidates must have a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited US institution or a comparable degree from an international institution in biochemistry, chemistry, physics, or one of the biological or medical sciences.
  • An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 out of a 4.0 scale in the last 60 semester hours is required.
  • A successful candidate will have substantial prior research experience in biochemistry or related field.
  • A successful candidate will also have completed coursework in biochemistry, physics, organic chemistry and physical chemistry. Additional coursework in mathematics, biology, and genetics is also beneficial. Some course deficiencies can be made up during the first two years in the program.
  • Note: GRE scores are no longer required.
  • English proficiency for those whose native language is not English, or whose undergraduate instruction was not in English, must provide an English proficiency test score (TOEFL, IELTS). TOEFL/IELTS scores can be no more than 2 years old. Note: Some international applicants may be exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS requirement. Please refer to the Graduate School for more information.


1. Submit the UW–Madison Graduate School Application online

The admissions application opens in early September. All application materials must be received by the December 1 deadline as only complete applications will be reviewed.

Program Select: choose “Biochemistry PhD”

2. Personal Statement

In 1-2 pages, describe your career goals, research interests, past and present research experience, and why you’ve chosen the Integrated Program in Biochemistry (IPiB) for your graduate studies in biochemistry. Additionally, list several IPiB trainers whose research particularly interests you and explain why.

3. Current CV/Resume (PDF)

4. Supplemental Application

List your courses that satisfy the IPiB prerequisites.

5. Transcripts

Upload unofficial transcript(s) from each post-secondary institution attended (undergraduate and graduate), even if no degree was received.

Note: International academic records must be in the original language accompanied by an official English translation. If accepted to the program, an official transcript will be requested.

6. Three Letters of Recommendation

The three letters should be from people familiar with your research, such as current or previous research/laboratory advisors/mentors, and who can comment on your strengths, character traits, and potential for graduate study.

In the online application, list names and emails of three references who will submit electronic letters of recommendation. Using this option, references will automatically receive an email prompt to submit a letter of recommendation electronically. Let your references know ahead of time that the Graduate School will send them a request for their letter of recommendation via email.

7. Application Fee

The UW Graduate School offers a limited number of application fee grants to eligible students. If you are not eligible for a fee grant from the UW Graduate School, but you participated in a pipeline program designed to prepare students for graduate studies, please contact at least two weeks before the application deadline to inquire about the possibility of obtaining a fee waiver from IPiB.


If applicable, official TOEFL or IELTS scores must be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service (ETS). Scores are sent electronically from the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to the Graduate School at UW–Madison. Our Institution code is 1846, and no department code is required.

9. The GRE is no longer required