Applying to the Program

The Bacteriology Master of Science Program and the University of Wisconsin – Madison Graduate School work together to manage the application review process. As an applicant you will be interacting with both offices.

Applicants should review the program information, important dates, and requirements laid out below.

The Bacteriology M.S. program reviews all submitted applications, will decide on your application, and notify both you and UW – Madison Graduate School. If you are recommended for admission, UW – Madison Graduate School will confirm that you meet the minimum admission requirements and finalize the offer. Applicants are not admitted until they receive an email from UW – Madison with the offer of admission.

Ready to apply? The application is centralized with UW – Madison Graduate School. You can find information on the process of applying here.



If you have other questions or encounter any problems with your application, contact admissions at

Application Materials

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Personal Statement

Your personal statement should address two important areas. One, identify the track to which you are seeking admittance: coursework or research track. Two, explain how attaining the Masters Degree in Bacteriology will help you to accomplish your career goals. Specifically, how will this education (coursework or research track) fit in with your future plans and what do you hope to gain from the program? If you are applying to the research track, you must identify a faculty member who agrees to serve as your research advisor/mentor before being admitted to the program. The faculty member must notify the program that they will serve as your research mentor. A list of trainers for the program are listed here (Faculty Trainers).

College Transcripts

A copy of transcripts from each college or university attended should be uploaded to the application website.

Letters of Recommendation

Three or more letters of recommendation submitted electronically through the application system are required. It is recommended that you contact your letter writers ahead of time so that they are expecting your request for a letter of recommendation.


GRE scores are not required but will be considered if submitted.

Every applicant whose native language is not English or whose undergraduate instruction was not in English must provide an English proficiency test score and meet the Graduate School minimum requirements (

International Requirement

If accepted, a financial statement is required. (

Application Fee Grant

UW – Madison Graduate School offers a limited number of application fee grants.  Fee grants are currently available for qualified U.S. citizens, permanent resident applicants and students with DACA status. You can find out more information about qualifying and applying for a fee grant here:

Admission Requirements

Graduate School Requirements

Graduate School minimum requirements can be reviewed here.

Minimum Coursework required for Admission

Admission requirements can be reviewed in the UW – Madison Guide, Bacteriology, M.S.

Students accepted to the program should have taken some or all of these courses prior to admission to the program for either Coursework or Research options.  Students may correct deficiencies (up to six credits) after admission, but these credits do not apply toward the 30 credits required for the degree, and all deficiencies must be absolved before completion of the Master’s degree.

  • Biology: two semesters
  • Chemistry: four semesters of chemistry including 2 semesters of organic with a lab component
  • Math: one course in math beyond algebra/trigonometry such as calculus, statistics or computer science.
  • Physics:  one semester
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What it takes to be a successful applicant:

  • Meet all requirements
  • Clear statement of purpose
  • Positive Letters of recommendation from appropriate sources
  • Strong academic record or an explanation with mitigating circumstances


To begin fall semester

Early deadline: January 10 (notification by February 10)

Regular deadline: May 23 (notification by June 23)

To begin spring semester

Deadline: October 10 (notification by November 10)