University of Wisconsin–Madison


Does Physiology offer a master’s degree?

  • No. The final degree objective for all admitted students to the Physiology Graduate Training Program is a PhD.

Does Physiology review applications on a rolling basis?

  • No. Applications are reviewed once per year for fall admission only.  The application deadline for fall admission is December 1st.

Should I send my application to a specific faculty trainer with whom I am interested in working with?

  • No. Physiology faculty trainers are unable to commit to a prospective student until he/she has applied and has been accepted into the Physiology Graduate Training Program.  Therefore, students must submit application material via the Graduate School online application.  If admitted to the Physiology Graduate Training Program, students will rotate in three different laboratories during their first semester before choosing a faculty advisor.

What are my chances of admission?

  • We cannot provide preliminary evaluations of chances for admission. The Admissions Committee carefully reviews and considers all application materials (personal statement, GRE scores, recommendation letters, transcripts, etc.) to determine admission decisions.

Do all my supporting documents and test scores need to be submitted by the deadline?

  • Yes, all supporting documents and test scores must be received by December 1. Therefore, applicants should take the GRE exam and TOEFL exam (if applicable) early enough so that the scores will reach the Physiology Program before the December 1 deadline. GRE and TOEFL scores must be received electronically from ETS (institution code 1846; no department code is required).

Do I need to take the TOEFL exam? Will you accept IELTS instead of TOEFL?

  • Please refer to the Graduate School Admissions English proficiency requirements. We will accept either TOEFL or IELTS scores.
    • Minimum IELTS requirement: 7.0
    • Minimum TOEFL requirement: 92 internet (iBT); 580 paper-based test (PBT)

Can I defer the payment of the application fee until I am admitted?

  • We understand the financial difficulties associated with graduate program applications; however, the application fee cannot be deferred or waived.  Your application will not be reviewed by the Admission Committee unless the application fee has been paid.
  • Please note that the Graduate School offers a limited number of fee grants for McNair Scholars, UW-Madison Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP) and other pre-approved programs. Please see the Graduate School website for more information.

How can I check my application status?

  • To check your application status, log-in to MyUW using your NetID and password. If you have forgotten your NetID or password, please contact the DoIT Help Desk at 608-264-HELP for assistance.