How To Apply

Candidate Prerequisites

IPiB - biochem class Candidates must have an undergraduate degree from a recognized, accredited college or university in biochemistry, chemistry, physics, or one of the biological or medical sciences. A minimum GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) is required. In addition to meeting the general requirements of the UW-Madison Graduate School, coursework in biochemistry, physics, organic chemistry, and physical chemistry is required. However, course deficiencies can made up during the first two years of your graduate studies. Additional coursework in mathematics, biology, and genetics is strongly recommended.

When to Apply

Our deadline is December 1 for consideration for admission in the following fall semester. Early applications are strongly encouraged! The admissions process begins in November and applications submitted before November 1 will be considered in advance of the December deadline.

How to Apply

Below is a checklist outlining the supporting documents required. Following the list are detailed instructions regarding each item. We recommend that you read through the instructions before beginning the application process. It could save you time!

What Happens After I Apply?

The IPiB Admissions Committee, composed of faculty members from both the Biochemistry and Biomolecular Chemistry Departments, will review your application and supporting materials. Our Student Services Staff will communicate with you regarding the status of your application throughout the application and review process. Applicants receiving invitations to visit can choose from one of our recruitment weekends. During our recruitment weekends, you will have the opportunity to interview with our IPiB faculty, meet our graduate students, and tour our campus and city with our faculty and graduate students. Offers of admission are made after your visit. Our IPiB Admissions Committee will contact you via email, followed by a formal letter outlining our offer package.


For the Graduate SchoolFor the IPiB Program
1. Online Application Form*5. Transcripts
2. Personal Statement / Reasons for Graduate Study*6. TOEFL (if applicable)
3. Application Fee 
4. Three Letters of Recommendation* 

Submission of GRE scores is not required for admission or consideration of the application.
*IPiB will obtain these materials from our Graduate School

1. Complete and Submit the Online Application

To help you move more quickly through the online application instructions, these are the main areas on which to focus:

  1. Click on the online application form link above.
  2. Start with the sentence (midway down the page): “To complete this application you will need the following:”
  3. Click on the 'Start a New Application' button in the yellow box on the left. Once you begin your application, you will be assigned a Pin Number and asked to create a password. You will need this information if you wish to access or complete your application at a later date.
  4. In the Intended Field of Study section of the application, to apply to the IPiB program, select the Biochemistry PhD program from the drop down menu bar.

2. Personal Statement / Reasons for Graduate Study

In 1-2 pages, describe your career goals, research interests, past and present research experience, and why you’ve chosen the IPiB Program for your graduate studies. Submit this online with your application.

3. 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). Please do not send cash. Mail checks or money orders to:

Office of Graduate Admissions
228 Bascom Hall
500 Lincoln Drive
Madison WI 53706

4. 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. The email will include your name with a link to Biochemistry’s electronic recommendation forms. Let your references know ahead of time that the Graduate School will send them a request for their letter of recommendation via email.

5. Transcripts

Transcripts must be submitted from each institution that you have attended and listed on your graduate school application (undergraduate and graduate).

Copies of transcripts can be uploaded to the online application (via the Biochemistry supplemental application), the program no longer requires mailed hard copy transcripts and will accept only electronic versions for the initial screening.

If accepted to the program, an official hard copy will be requested.You may mail the official transcripts from all universities or colleges that you have attended to IPiB (address below).

You may mail the transcripts from all universities or colleges that you have attended to IPiB (address below).

6. TOEFL Scores (if applicable)

International applicants should arrange for ETS to forward your score. Our Institution code is 1846. Only scores forwarded from ETS will be accepted. Also see our Graduate School’s admission requirements.

Questions? Please contact:

Maria S. Katsoulidis
Student Services Coordinator