M.Sc. On Campus


University of Wisconsin Madison

24 months
25548 USD/year
25548 USD/year
12220 USD/year
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The Biophysics degree at the University of Wisconsin Madison is intended for those who wish to emphasize physical principles and methods in solving biological problems.


The interdisciplinary nature of Biophysics generates interaction among, and expands the boundaries of, traditional areas of science. Persons with strong training in biophysics can be expected to be major innovators and contributors in research and applied technology. Biophysics graduates pursue careers in academic, industrial, and government research, and in teaching and administration.

The Biophysics program at the University of Wisconsin Madison consists of 44 faculty members from 14 departments that span four colleges within the university. State-of-the-art facilities are available within the biophysics program for research in x-ray crystallography, nuclear magnetic-resonance spectroscopy, electron resonance spectroscopy, fluorescence spectroscopy, microscopy and imaging, and computational chemistry. Graduate students in biophysics can choose from an expansive range of research topics including, but not limited to, biomolecular structure and function interactions, protein engineering and biotechnology, virus structure and function, enzyme catalysis and kinetics, membranes, neurochemistry, and electrophysiology.

Learning outcomes

  • Articulates, critiques, or elaborates the theories, research methods, and approaches to inquiry or schools of practice in the field of study.
  • Identifies sources and assembles evidence pertaining to questions or challenges in the field of study.
  • Understands the primary field of study in a historical, social or global context.
  • Selects and/or utilizes the most appropriate methodologies and practices.
  • Evaluates or synthesizes information pertaining to questions or challenges in the field of study.
  • Communicates clearly in ways appropriate to the field of study.
  • Recognizes and applies principles of ethical conduct.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Biophysical Chemistry
  • Biophysical Spectroscopy
  • Mechanisms of Action of Vitamins and Minerals
  • Mathematical Methods for Systems Biology
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience
  • Microscopy of Life
  • Selected Topics in Macromolecular and Biophysical Chemistry

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®
GMAT admission requirements GMAT

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Undergraduate preparation for the Biophysics Program can vary widely and will be evaluated by the admissions committee on an individual basis. Most applicants have taken courses in general, organic, and physical chemistry; introductory physics; cell and/or molecular biology; calculus through differential equations; and computer sciences.
  • A resume or CV
  • A personal statement that discusses a candidate's reasoning for pursuing a biophysics degree
  • An official transcript of coursework from all undergraduate institutions attended
  • Three or more letters of recommendation
  • A report, if submitting, from the Educational Testing Service of scores received on the GRE General Test
  • A report, if appropriate, of scores received on the TOEFL English language proficiency exam or an appropriate alternative (IELTS, MELAB)

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    25548 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 25548 USD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    25548 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 25548 USD per year during 24 months.
  • In-State

    12220 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12220 USD per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Madison

1015 - 1752 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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