Students with undergraduate majors in microbiology, biochemistry, molecular biology, chemistry, genetics, or other biological sciences should apply. We also welcome applications from students in disciplines such as chemical engineering, physics, mathematics or the liberal arts who meet the entrance requirements or are willing to make up deficiencies*. The Admissions Committee considers many aspects of the application, including grades, letters of recommendation and prior research experience. The applicant's reasons for graduate study essay is important and should be written thoughtfully to reveal one's scientific and career interests, research experiences, and abilities that otherwise may not be obvious from the academic record. Strong letters of recommendation, a well-crafted statement of purpose and extensive research experience often aid students with below-average grades or scores on national entrance exams.
Students may correct deficiencies (up to six credits) after admission, but these credits do not apply toward major and minor coursework requirements.
Students admitted to graduate training in microbiology at Madison generally meet the following criteria: