Admission Requirements

Graduate Record Exam (GRE)

The general test is not required, but it is highly recommended. This includes verbal, quantitative and analytical parts. Official scores must be sent electronically to the UW-Madison’s Graduate School for the GRE and TOEFL. The institution code is 1846 for both tests. You do not need a department code. We have access to the Graduate School’s electronic scores and you do not need to send us a paper copy. To get further information about this test, please visit their web site

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

Every applicant whose native language is not English, or whose undergraduate instruction was not in English, must provide official scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB). An admitted applicant whose TOEFL (paper-based) test score is below 580; TOEFL computer-based test (CBT) score below 237; TOEFL internet based (iBT) test score below 92; IELTS score below 7; or MELAB below 82 must take an English assessment test upon arrival. You must then register for any recommended English as a Second Language (ESL) course(s) in the first semester you are enrolled. Visit the TOEFL web site to sample exam questions, to get free test preparation materials, and to find where the test will be given in your area. You should use the institution code of 1846. You do not need a department code. We have access to the Graduate School’s electronic scores and you do not need to send us a paper copy.Plan ahead and take these tests early. It can take up to 30 days for the Graduate School to receive the official scores.

Application Process

We are pleased that you are interested in the graduate program in the Department of Dairy Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Please contact us with any questions that you have about the application process.

The online Graduate School application will provide you will all information you need to apply electronically to our department. Paper applications are no longer available.

Applications are received and evaluated on a continuing basis. Likewise, acceptable applicants are admitted on a continuing basis. Accepted graduate students may begin study at the start of any semester.

Documents Required By Our Department:

1. Personal Statement/Reasons for Graduate Study* Sample Outline

2. Three letters of recommendation. The process for letter of recommendation is explained here. Letters should be from faculty who are familiar with your academic abilities and goals. Letters from supervisors that provide a character reference are also acceptable. We will accept paper copies or the letters of recommendation if you are not able to use the electronic format.

3. Official transcripts or academic records from each institution attended. We only require one copy. (Do not send transcripts to the Graduate School. They should be sent to the address below.)

*If you complete the Statement of Purpose when you submit the electronic application, you do not need to send us another copy.

If documents are not submitted electronically, they should be sent to:

Graduate Coordinator
Department of Dairy Science
University of Wisconsin-Madison
1675 Observatory Drive
Madison, WI 53706

The Graduate School Checklist tells you what you must send directly to the Graduate School.

International students should apply as early as possible. If you are admitted, extra time will be needed to process visa documents.

Re-entry Procedures

Additional Links

Dairy Science Certification Forms
The Graduate School
Graduate Academic Guidelines
Graduate School Catalog
Academic Calendar
Graduate School Minimum Degree Requirements
Master’s Thesis Guidelines
Ph.D. Dissertation Guidelines
Academic Programs/Major Areas of Study
International Student Services
Guide to Graduate Student Life
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