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  • Admission requirements

    The admission and application requirements for the Master's Program - Microbiology  concentration at the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse are as follows:

    1. Admission to the microbiology concentration requires a minimum course of one introductory microbiology course (MIC 230 Fundamentals of Microbiology or equivalent). Students lacking an introductory microbiology course may be conditionally admitted to the concentration contingent on remediation of this prerequisite. Remediated prerequisite courses do not count toward the M.S. degree.  Additional courses in microbiology and a strong chemistry background, including biochemistry, are also recommended.
    2. An overall undergraduate grade point average of at least 2.85 on a 4.00 scale, an average of at least 3.00 in the last half of all undergraduate work, or an average of at least 3.00 for no less than 12 semester credits of graduate study at another accredited graduate school. 
    3. Completion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).   Average scores in the 40th percentile or higher are strongly recommended. A GRE subject test is not required. International students must also complete and sumbit the TOEFL exam. A score of 550 (or 79 for the IBT TOEFL) is required.
    4. Students must complete a University of Wisconsin System Online Admission Application form.  The online application process can be started at:/Admissions/Graduate-student/. Students interested in a Graduate Assistantship from the Department of Biology must also complete the Application for Graduate Assistantship form.
    5. Three current letters of recommendation should be sent under separate cover.
    6. An application letter which details:
      1. Academic and professional goals
      2. Previous relevant experiences
      3. Reasons for selecting program
      4. Intent to pursue thesis or non-thesis track or undecided
      5. Research interest(s) if there is a desire to pursue the thesis track
      6. Possible faculty mentor(s) for research if pursuing the thesis track and if known
    7. Completed applications must be returned to the Admissions Office by January 20 for US students, but January 10 for international students. Early applications can be considered prior to the deadline. Late applications will be considered if enrollment objectives have not been satisfied. Consideration for fellowships is extremely unlikely with late applications.
    8. The completed University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Application to Graduate Study form and undergraduate transcripts for US students should be mailed to:    
    9.                    Admissions Office
                         UW – La Crosse
                         1725 State Street
                         La Crosse, WI 54601
                         or sent electronically to:

               All other forms can be sent by mail to:
               Dr. Michael Hoffman
               UW – La Crosse
               Department of Microbiology 
               3023 Cowley Hall
               1725 State Street
               La Crosse, WI 54601
               or sent electronically to:
               International students can send all materials to:
               Robert Packard
               Admissions Office
               UW-La Crosse 
               1725 State Street
               La Crosse, WI 54601


    10. A review committee will assess all complete applications and a letter of decision will be sent to the applicant by February 15. Acceptance is also dependent upon being admitted to the lab of a Graduate Faculty trainer. Instructions on this part of the process will be sent to students who receive preliminary acceptance. An interview may be required in some instances. Final acceptance or non-acceptance is based upon a comprehensive review of all elements of the completed application. Late applications will be considered only if enrollment objectives have not been satisfied.