M.Sc. On Campus

Comparative Biomedical Sciences

University of Wisconsin Madison

24 months
25548 USD/year
25548 USD/year
12220 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Comparative Biomedical Sciences (CBMS) graduate program offered by the University of Wisconsin Madison emphasizes an integrated approach to contemporary biology that combines molecular and cellular techniques with the analysis of complex whole animal systems. 


Faculty provide exceptional graduate and undergraduate interdisciplinary research training opportunities in core areas of animal and human health including immunology, molecular and cellular biology, physiology, neuroscience, genomics, oncology, virology, medical technology, infectious diseases and toxicology and pharmacology. They also contribute extensive public services, both nationally and internationally, within related faculty disciplines.

The graduate program in Comparative Biomedical Sciences at the University of Wisconsin Madison serves as a focal point for graduate research training in the School of Veterinary Medicine (SVM) and is administered by the Department of Pathobiological Sciences. Trainers in CBMS have their tenure homes in all four departments of the School of Veterinary Medicine as well as in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS),  the School of Medicine and Public Health (SMPH), the College of Engineering, and the College of Letters & Science. Faculty in the CBMS program also serve in or interface with other campus training programs including bacteriology, biocore, cellular and molecular biology, endocrinology and reproductive physiology, medical microbiology and immunology, molecular and environmental toxicology, and the Primate Center.

Learning Outcomes

  • Articulates, critiques, or elaborates the theories, research methods, and approaches to inquiry and/or schools of practice in the field of study.
  • Articulates sources and assembles evidence pertaining to questions or challenges in the field of study.
  • Assesses and/or applies methodologies and practices in the field of study.
  • Articulates challenges involved in practicing the field of study, elucidates its leading edges, and delineates its current limits with respect to theory, knowledge, and/or practice.
  • Appreciates the implication of the primary field of study in terms of challenges, trends, and developments in a broader scientific context.
  • Demonstrates abilities to apply knowledge through critical thinking, inquiry, and analysis to solve problems, engage in scholarly work, and/or produce creative products.
  • Evaluates, assesses or refines information resources or an information base within the field.
  • Communicates clearly in styles appropriate to the field of study.
  • Recognizes and applies ethical conduct and professional guidelines.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Principles of Genetics 
  • Molecular Biology Techniques 
  • Eukaryotic Microbial Pathogenesis
  • Biochemistry 
  • Prokaryotic Molecular Biology 
  • Eukaryotic Molecular Biology

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

  • Admission is competitive. Applicants must hold a B.S., DVM., M.S., M.A. or M.D. from an approved institution and have a strong background in biology and chemistry.
  • Applications are judged on the basis of previous academic record, graduate record exam (GRE) scores, letters of recommendation, and the personal statement
  • Before admission, most students must be accepted by an eligible program faculty member who agrees to serve as the major professor

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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