FAQs

Below are frequently asked questions pertaining to Cancer Biology admissions. If you have further questions, please contact the program office at admissions@oncology.wisc.edu.

Does Cancer Biology offer a Master's Degree?
No. The final degree objective for all admitted students to the Cancer Biology Graduate Program is the Ph.D.

Does Cancer Biology 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 1.

Should I send my application to a specific faculty member with whom I am intereseted in working?
No. Cancer Biology faculty members are unable to commit to a prospective student until he/she has applied and been accepted into the program. Therefore all application packages must be sent to the Cancer Biology Program to be considered for admission. If admitted to the Cancer Biology Program, students will rotate in three different laboratories 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. For your reference, statistics on previously admitted applicants are provided here.

Do all of 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 Cancer Biology 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.

Should international students send a financial statement with their application?
No. International applicants will be asked to provide a financial statement only if they are accepted into the program.  International financial information can be found on the Graduate School's website.

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.

There is an "optional information" section as part of the application status. Are there required materials to fulfull this?
No. You do not need to submit anything for the “optional information” section in order for your application to be complete.