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Admission & Application Requirements

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

1. Individuals accepted into the Clinical Microbiology program must hold a Bachelor of Science Degree (or equivalent) in Microbiology, or a related field with competency in microbiology. Graduates with a Medical Technology Degree from a program accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences are also eligible.

Minimum prerequisites for admission to the program are courses in Basic Microbiology, Immunology and Pathogenic Bacteriology (Medical Microbiology). Students lacking Immunology or Pathogenic Bacteriology may apply and can be conditionally admitted to the program contingent upon remediation of prerequisites. Remediated prerequisite courses do not count toward the MS degree. Additional courses in Microbiology and a strong chemistry background, including biochemistry, are also recommended.

2. Cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of greater than 2.85/4.0.

3. Completion of a University of Wisconsin System Online Admission Application. The online application process can be started at: International students can start the application process at: Students interested in a Graduate Assistantship from the Department of Biology must also complete the Application for Graduate Assistantship form, which can be obtained from

4. Additional required application materials include:

Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores. Average scores in the 40th percentile or higher are strongly recommended.

International students must also complete and sumbit the TOEFL exam. A score of 550 (or 79 for the IBT TOEFL) is required.

Three current letters of recommendation

An application letter which details:

A. Academic and professional goals
B. Previous relevant experiences
C. Reasons for selecting the program
D. Intent to pursue Thesis or Non-thesis or undecided
E. Research interest(s) if there is a desire to pursue the Thesis track
F. Possible mentor(s) for research if pursuing the Thesis track and if known

5. The deadline for receipt of complete applications is January 20 for U.S. students, but January 10 for international students. Early applications can be considered prior to the deadline. Late applications will be considered only if enrollment targets have not been satisfied.

Completed applications must include:

A. A completed University of Wisconsin - Online Admission Application
B. Undergraduate transcripts
C. GRE scores
D. Application letter
E. Three letters of recommendation
F. A completed Application for Graduate Assistantship form, if applying

6.The undergraduate transcripts should be mailed to:

Admissions Office
UW – La Crosse
1725 State Street
La Crosse, WI 54601

or sent electronicallly to:

      All other forms can be sent by mail or email to:

Dr. Michael Hoffman
UW – La Crosse
Department of Microbiology
3023 Cowley Hall
1725 State Street
La Crosse, WI 54601


6A. International students can send all materials to:

Jay Lokken
UW – La Crosse
International Education
116 Graff Main Hall
1725 State Street
La Crosse, WI 54601

A review committee will assess all complete applications and a letter of decision will be sent to the applicant by February 15. An interview may be required in some instances. Acceptance or non-acceptance is based upon a comprehensive review of all elements of the completed application.

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