Master's Program - Microbiology concentration

Admission & Application 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 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. 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 scale).

3. Completion of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). Average scores in the 40th percentile or higher are strongly recommended. A GRE subject test is not required.

3A. International students must also complete and sumbit the TOEFL exam. A score of 550 (or 79 for the IBT TOEFL) is required.

4. Completion of an Application for Admission to Graduate Study form. Applications can be obtained from http://www.uwlax.edu/admissions/html/gradmis.htm. International students can find detailed information at http://www.uwlax.edu/oie/IA/Graduate/Grad_Adm.htm. 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 http://www.uwlax.edu/biology/Graduate/gradasst.htm.

5. Three current letters of recommendation should be sent under separate cover.

6. 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

7. The deadline for receipt of complete applications is 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 only if enrollment objectives have not been satisfied. Consideration for fellowships is extremely unlikely with late applications.

Completed application must include:

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

8.The completed University of Wisconsin - La Crosse Application for Admission to Graduate Study form and Undergraduate Transcripts should be sent to:

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

All other forms can be sent to:

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

8A. 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. Late applications will be considered only if enrollment objectives have not been satisfied.