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Only online applications are accepted.

Graduate School application instructions and the on-line application are available at

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).

In addition to a Graduate Application, which includes a statement of purpose, applicants must supply:

  • Official transcripts, sent directly to the Department of Bacteriology (in addition to entering unofficial transcripts in the online application)
  • Three letters of recommendation, to be submitted electronically. To generate a recommendation request email to go to your letter writers, list their emails in the online application for admission. The email will include your name with a link to each department’s electronic recommendation form. You can change references or send a reminder through the application system. 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.

International students must also supply TOEFL, IELTS or MELAB scores ( and, if accepted, a financial statement (

For more information about the University of Wisconsin of Wisconsin-Madison Graduate School and the application process.

Application Deadlines

To begin Deadline to Apply
Fall Semester Early deadline: Jan 10 (notification by Feb 10)
Regular deadline: June 1 (notification by July 1)
Spring Semester October 15 (notification by Nov 15)

Although students may apply to begin the program in any semester, summer application is not encouraged. Students pursuing the research option who have found a lab in which to carry out their research may apply for summer admission. Students who plan to pursue the coursework option will be considered for summer admission only if they need to take a prerequisite or general requirement course that is offered in the summer.

Financial Assistance

The M.S. in Bacteriology program does not provide funding for any student in the program and financial support for Master’s students is limited. Because the program is flexible, students are able to work part or full-time at jobs on or off campus while enrolled.  Students in the coursework track do not receive financial support. However, students accepted into a lab in the research option will be paid as research assistants by their research mentor.

Information on financial resources available to U.S. citizens and permanent residents is available from the Office of Student Financial Services (