Medical College of Wisconsin

Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences



8701 Watertown Plank Road

Milwaukee, WI 53226

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

PhD Biophysics

Format: Campus

Program Description:

MCW’s Biophysics PhD program features two primary areas of research: Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Molecular Biophysics. The Department of Biophysics is home to the National Biomedical EPR Center and the Free Radical Research Center, which provides advanced EPR research resources and promotes research activities related to both nitric oxide and oxy radical research, respectively.

Students interested in Biophysics research can enter the program through the Interdisciplinary Program in Biomedical Science, the Neuroscience Doctoral Program, or by applying directly to the program. All admitted students start in the Fall and progress through a core curriculum while rotating in 3-4 labs during their first full year. A qualifying exam is taken during the second year, with degree requirements fulfilled after students have successfully written and defended their dissertation.

All full-time, degree-seeking PhD students at MCW receive a generous financial aid package, including full tuition remission, a stipend of over $29,000/year, and complimentary health insurance (including vision & dental). Average time to degree completion for all MCW PhD students is 5 ½ years. MCW as an institution has the lowest faculty-to-student ration in the world (0.6 students for every 1 faculty member).


Higher Learning Commission (HLC)

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

Classification: Specialized Institution—Medical school or medical center

Locale: Small Suburb

Size & Settings: 1,000-2,999

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