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  • Admission Requirements

    Information for prospective graduate students in the Departments of Biology and Microbiology at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

    Note that in 1999 the Department of Biology and Microbiology became two departments, but we still maintain a single graduate program. The information on this page supercedes any information on any other pages or brochures.

    Letters of recommendation and personal statement should be sent to Tom Volk.

    The direct link to the application page is: http://apply.wisconsin.edu/

    Application instructions

    Thank you for your interest in Graduate Studies in the Departments of Biology and Microbiology at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.  I have enclosed some information and an application as you requested.  Note that in 1999 the Department of Biology and Microbiology became two departments, but we still maintain a single graduate program. 

     You will notice our departments offer several formal concentrations for the Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Biology, including Aquatic Sciences, Cellular and Molecular Biology, Clinical Microbiology (in collaboration with Gundersen Lutheran Clinic of La Crosse, the Marshfield Clinic in Marshfield WI, and the State Laboratory of Hygiene in Madison, WI), MicrobiologyNurse Anaesthesia (in cooperation with Franciscan Skemp Healthcare, La Crosse), and Physiology. You can also design your own plan of study in cooperation with specific faculty members in our departments-- we have faculty engaged in a wide variety of research. There is a great deal of flexibility built into the general MS degree. 

    Additional requirements for admittance   

    1. Minimum 2.85 undergraduate GPA    
    2. Undergraduate transcripts must be submitted    
    3. GRE general exam must be taken and scores submitted  A GRE subject test is *not* required.   
    4. Three letters of recommendation should be sent under separate cover    
    5. Because of time and space constraints, for any but the Nurse Anaesthetist concentration or the Clinical Microbiology  concentration, there must be a UW-L graduate faculty member who will accept you into his/her laboratory.  You should directly contact any faculty member with whom you are interested in working.  Email addresses and phone numbers are below.    
    6. One page statement including:   
      1. Academic and professional goals   
      2. Previous relevant experiences   
      3. Reasons for selecting the program   
      4. Intent to pursue Thesis or Non-thesis or undecided   
      5. Research interest(s) if there is a desire to pursue the Thesis track   
      6. Possible mentor(s) for research

    Application deadlines

    • Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) application deadline is October 1.
    • Clinical Microbiology Program deadline is January 20. 
    • All other programs have rolling admissions, and there is no formal deadline, and we can admit you as soon as we have all of the materials described below. Earlier is better.  However, the deadline for being considered for a Graduate Assistantship is February 1.

    Microbiology admission requirements

    Research interests of graduate faculty

    Collaboration is also possible with researchers from other area agencies, such as the upper Mississippi Science Center. Admittance to the Nurse Anesthesia program in cooperation with Franciscan Skemp Healthcare does not require a faculty mentor. Clinical Microbiology program projects with adjunct professors from the Gunderson Lutheran Clinic, Marshfield Clinic, or State laboratory of hygiene could include: molecular detection of bacterial, viral, or fungal pathogens, Molecular analysis of Mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis, an analysis of Ehrlichia, Detection of viruses in ground water plus many others.

    Research interests of faculty who can accept graduate students in the departments of Biology and Microbiology at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

    Please contact prospective faculty mentors personally to see if they have space to accept students for the coming year.