Botany Department and Graduate School Application Checklist

All applicants must complete the Graduate School's online application form, which includes:

  • A series of forms requiring personal, demographic and background information
  • Reasons for Graduate Study/Statement of Purpose: describe your current degree goals and reason for selecting the UW-Madison Botany program. Upload your statement as a separate document (Adobe PDF or MS Word preferred).
  • Current CV: Upload a separate document (Adobe PDF preferred)
  • Unofficial copy of transcripts. This does not replace the need to submit official transcripts.
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation (references from faculty or supervisors who are familiar with your academic, research and/or professional qualifications) to be submitted online
  • Official GRE scores sent directly from ETS to UW-Madison via electronic transmission (Institution code: 1846, Department code: 0205)
  • Nonrefundable application fee payable to the Office of Graduate Admissions
  • Supplemental Application (accessed after you initiate the application process) that includes:
  • Botany Supplemental Application: complete the online form (preview the Applicant Information Form).
  • Course History Form: Complete the course history form (.pdf or .doc) and upload the completed document

International applicants: Every applicant whose native language is not English or whose undergraduate instruction was not in English, must submit official TOEFL scores (codes: Institution code: 1846, Department code: 37).

Send official transcripts from all institutions of higher learning attended for credit to: (for electronic)
Graduate Admissions (paper if from outside US)
232 Bascom Hall
500 Lincoln Drive
Madison, WI 53706

Note: International applicant financial information will only be requested by the Graduate School after the departmental recommendation for admission.