Admissions Information

Dear Prospective Applicant:

Thank you for your interest in the Endocrinology & Reproductive Physiology graduate program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Our program focus is in the areas of endocrinology and reproductive physiology, and as such a background in the biological sciences is a priority. While we do not place specific requirements on entering students due to the breadth of our program faculties endocrine studies from whole animal physiology through molecular and cellular signaling, applicants should be aware our core course requirements include intermediate and advance biochemistry and cell biology in addition to endocrine and reproductive physiology. A copy of our first year PhD course requirements is available as a PDF file. Applicants with strengths in these areas will be more likely to both be admitted and match to an advisor. Further admission requirements are listed below. We also urge you to look at our current students biosketches listed on this site and view our annual symposium handbook on this site to get a feel for the kind of studies you are likely to undertake. Please note, our application deadline for Fall 2015 is December 1, 2014.

Application Materials

In an effort to provide applicants with the most current information, all application materials are linked from this site. Copies of the Graduate School Catalog, Graduate Student Academic Guidelines and Guide to Graduate Student Life can be viewed on-line; printed documents are no longer mailed out by the program.
If you have questions about the ERP Program or the admissions process, please contact our graduate studies program coordinator at (608) 265-5838 or

Applicants may find our FAQ's of interest.

NIH Required Data

As a National Institutes of Health training grant funded PhD program, we are required to provide all applicants with information on our acceptance rates and time to degree completion. This information is available here.


Diversity Information

The Endocrinology-Reproductive Physiology Program welcomes and seeks a diverse student body. Applicants who are from under represented groups or first generation college students will find additional information on diversity programs and financial aid at UW-Madison.

Fee waivers for students participating in a recognized McNair Scholar's Program, the CIC Summer Research Opportunities Programs, students who have participated in a summer research program at UW-Madison or from schools with a partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Madison are available.

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Admission Requirements

  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.3/4.0 to be considered in the general application pool. Applicants with a GPA of 3.0-3.3 will be considered by the Admissions Committee only with faculty support (willingness to take the student into the lab and supervise the training).
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.  International bachelor's degrees must be comparable to an approved U.S. bachelor's degree.  
  • Recommended background in the biological sciences which would include courses in animal science, physiology, pharmacology, biochemistry, cell biology, molecular biology and other related fields. Prior research experience through internships, student work projects or summer program participation is strongly encouraged.
  • TOEFL Score of 237 (computer based test) or 580 (paper based test) or 82 on the MELAB Exam or 7/9 on the IELTS.  The TOEFL exam or comparable assessment is required for all applicants who native language is not English or whose undergraduate instruction was not in English. Test scores must be less than 2 years old from the time of application.
  • The GRE General Test is recommended and applicants must have combined GRE percentile of 40 or greater on the Verbal and Quantitative sections and Analytical Writing Score of 3.5.
  • MCAT scores will also be accepted as an alternative to the GRE. Minimum MCAT scores in each category are as follows:
    • Verbal Reasoning = 9
    • Physical Science = 9
    • Biological Science = 9
    • Writing Sample = variable
  • The ERP Program does not typically admit new students in the Spring or Summer Semester unless there is a direct invitation from a faculty member or the applicant is linked to a program with different admission times (such as an MD Fellow).

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Please help us save paper and reduce your mailing costs by submitting materials on-line. The following is a summary of documents needed to complete your application by December 1, 2014 for Fall 2015 admission.

  • Graduate School Application - (on-line submission)

Contains your personal contact information, educational background, Wisconsin residency determination, and interest in fellowships and financial support. Payment of the $56 application can be done on-line at the completion of the application. The ERP Program is not able to waive the application fee (see Diversity Information for exception) or review applications without payment.

  • Reasons for Graduate Study / Personal Statement (on-line submission required)

To assist our Admissions Committee in getting to know you as an applicant, your personal statement should provide us with some insight about your prior research experiences, educational background, research topics you are interested in as they relate to current faculty members in the ERP Program, and possible career goals. A well written personal statement is sincere, specific to your interest in this graduate program and conveys your personality as a potential graduate student. Please also add what general areas you wish to focus on but do not just request a narrow range of specific trainers - we are never able to guarantee a match with any given single trainer at any given time. The reason is for any program this always depends on the status of the Trainers research program, a training slot being open in their laboratory, and funding support to match at any given time. The more you understand that PhD training is more an opportunity to both observe and gain hands on experience in research in general, and the more open you are to several possible study areas, the greater your chance of admission and completing your PhD.

  • Official Transcripts (send by postal mail to the ERP Program)

Official transcripts from each college or university attended is required whether or not you earned a degree from that institution. Each department or program at UW-Madison requires offical transcripts as part of its application process. Please be sure to request a set for each department / program. International applicants should consult the Graduate School Requirements page for specific document requirements. Transcripts should be issued directly by the institution to the ERP Program.

ERP Program Coordinator
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Room 1465 Medical Sciences Center, 1300 University Ave.
Madison, WI 53706

  • Official Standardized Test Scores (electronically from Educational Testing Services)

GRE and TOEFL test scores must be sent directly from Educational Testing Services to the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Our institutional code is 1846. Only scores received directly from ETS are considered official, paper copies will not be accepted. Please allow at least 4-6 weeks from your test date for scores to be received. You can verify that your scores have been received using the MY UW Portal login you received after submitting your application.

We will also accept MCAT scores by sending the ERP Program Coordinator your score sheet by postal mail.

It is recommended you take your GRE exam no later than October to ensure your scores have arrived by our December 1, 2014 deadline.

  • Letters of Recommendation (on-line submission)

To assist our Admissions Committee in evaluating applicants, 3 letters of recommendation from faculty members or employers who are familiar with your academic preparation for graduate school, personal qualities, and career interests are required. Each reference will complete a brief questionnaire assessment of your abilities in addition to providing a general reference. Our on-line system lets you confirm that a reference has been submitted on your behalf. You may also return to the reference section and send a reminder email.

  • Curriculum Vita / Resume (on-line submission)

A curriculum vita (CV) or resume can provide our Admissions Committee with additional information that is not included in the personal statement. Headings to consider are: educational training, honors/awards, presentations, publications and work or research experience.

It is not necessary for applicants to send copies of manuscripts with their application as these materials are available through on-line databases. These items are not circulated to the Admissions Committee during the review process.

Fellowships and Financial Support

Prospective students should be aware that many funding resources exist to support graduate studies in the biological sciences. More than 95% of our current students receive direct financial support from their faculty member as a research assistant. Other sources include teaching assistantships, fellowships or traineeships from external sources that provide a stipend and tuition assistance. Applicants are encouraged to ask about financial support early in the application process when communicating directly with faculty members. Only domestic or permanent residents are eligible for student loans through the U.S. Federal Government and financial support from our pre-doctoral training grant.

The Office of Financial Aid also assists graduate students.

* Note to International Students:  Upon an admissions recommendation from the ERP Program, the Graduate School will require that you have adequate financial resources for your studies at UW-Madison. Please review the Graduate School's estimated cost of attendance document for planning purposes. You will be required to submit the financial statement with official documents before a visa will be issued. An offer of an assistantship is generally not enough to satisfy the minimum level of funding. We also note that off-campus employment is typically restricted based on your visa status. If you encounter a financial hardship, counselors in the Office of International Student Services are available to assist you.


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