Biology - other concentrations

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Biology (MS)

Admission requirements

The application process for the Biology MS, including concentrations in Aquatic Science, Cellular and Molecular Biology, Environmental Science, Physiology, and personalized area of study is as follows. 

Admission to these Biology M.S. programs at UW-La Crosse requires a minimum 2.85 undergraduate GPA.

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How to apply

Contact a potential mentor expanding section

As a Biology graduate student, you will be working directly with a faculty mentor. Due to time and space constraints, prospective students must request to work with one of our faculty members and be accepted into that faculty member's laboratory. Please review the faculty listing for areas of research interest and contact info. Collaboration is also possible with researchers at outside agencies (e.g., Gunderson Hospital or USGS Upper Midwest Environmental Science Center) that have UWL graduate faculty status.

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  • Follow the link to the UW System application. Register as a new user, unless you already have an account.
  • The email you enter on this application will be used to send you important information related to completing your graduate school application. You should use an email address that you monitor on a regular basis. 
  • There is a $56 UW System application fee, which you can pay online at the time of application. Alternatively, you can send a check to the address below.  *Application fee assistance is available to McNair Scholars. 

Graduate Admissions Office
1725 State Street
La Crosse, WI 54601

Watch your email

Following UW System Application submission, you will receive two emails.

The first email is an invitation to your WINGS Student Center and includes information about your NETID/WINGS Username.  Access your WINGS Student Center to check the status of your application fee and transcripts.

The second email provides login information for your Applicant Dashboard. This email will be sent within 3 business days of submission of your UW system application; you may need to check your junk/spam email folders.  You will use your Applicant Dashboard to submit the supplemental application materials described below (including reference requests) for this program. If you have problems with the Applicant Dashboard, please contact gradstudies@uwlax.edu.

WINGS (example) 

Applicant Dashboard (example)

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Submit transcripts expanding section

Request that ALL previously attended institutions of higher education send official transcripts to the UWL Admissions Office.  This includes transcripts for courses taken for college credit during high school. UWL accepts transcripts mailed directly from the issuing institution(s) or through an electronic secure document sending service.  Transcripts should be sent to:

UWL Admissions Office
1725 State Street
La Crosse, WI 54601
admissions@uwlax.edu

  • Applicants can check transcript status via their WINGS account.
  • Applicants who are current UWL undergraduate students/alumni do not need to request formal transcripts for UWL coursework. Admissions can access your UWL transcript.
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All supplemental application materials listed below (including recommendation requests) will be submitted via your Applicant Dashboard. You will receive an email invitation to login to your Applicant Dashboard within 3 business days of UW System Application submission. Contact gradstudies@uwlax.edu with questions.

Personal statement expanding section

This program requires submission of a personal statement.  This one page statement should address each of the following items.

  1. Academic and professional goals 
  2. Previous relevant experiences
  3. Reasons for selecting the program
  4. Intent to pursue the Thesis or Non-thesis track, or undecided
  5. Research interest(s) 
  6. Possible research mentor(s) 
Recommendation letters expanding section

3 letters of recommendation are required. 

You will submit your recommendation request(s) using the Applicant Dashboard by providing the name and email address for each reference.  The system will automatically send the reference an email, including a link through which their recommendation should be uploaded to your application file. Your reference(s) should receive the emailed link within one business day of your request.

It is your responsibility to notify your reference(s) of the emailed request (they may need to check spam/junk folders) and provide information regarding deadlines for completion of the recommendation. 

You will be able to monitor the status of your recommendation requests, resend requests, and change reference information on Applicant Dashboard. Please contact gradstudies@uwlax.edu with questions.

Additional requirements for international applicants expanding section

In addition to the application requirements listed above, international applicants will need to submit the following items:

  • Transcript information - As noted above, official, certified or attested transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended must be submitted. Additionally, documents issued in languages other than English must be accompanied by a certified English translation.
  • Proof of English language proficiency: Non-native English speakers must submit evidence of one the following language proficiency requirements for admission:
    • TOEFL score (within last 2 years) of at least 79 iBT or 550 pBT - Institution Code: 1914
    • IELTS score (within last 2 years) of at least 6.0
    • 60 PTE score
    • A bachelor’s or higher degree from UWL or another approved institution where English is the sole language of instruction.
      • Degree must be earned within two years of expected enrollment in this UWL graduate program.
      • Applicant must have attended the institution for a minimum of two years.
  • Proof of funding: Submit a bank statement and completed Affidavit of Support form.
    • Applicants who require F-2 visas for dependents (spouse and/or children) must submit additional proof of funding and passport copies for each dependent.

  • Passport information: Submit a photocopy of the photo page of your passport. 

Please contact International Admissions at  intladmissions@uwlax.edu if you have questions.  Each of the items listed in this section "Additional requirements for international applicants" can be sent directly to the UWL Admissions Office.

UWL Admissions Office
1725 State Street
La Crosse, WI 54601
USA

Deadlines

Applications are due January 15 (for full consideration). The deadline for applying for a graduate assistantship is February 1. For information about how to apply for a graduate assistantship, see the Biology Financial aid page.