How to Apply-Applied Bioinformatics Certificate

We want to make sure your application to the online Applied Bioinformatics Certificate goes smoothly. The following steps will guide you through the process.

If you have questions, contact an enrollment adviser at: 1-877-895-3276 or learn@uwex.edu.

Application Deadline

All application materials need to be completed two weeks prior to the semester start to be considered for admission. Please note, if you are applying to UW-Madison, application materials need to be completed six weeks prior to the semester start to be considered for admission.

View the Course Schedule for course dates.

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university (min. 3.0 GPA).
  • Prerequisite coursework: One semester college-level biology with lab.
  • Official college transcripts.
  • Your resume.
  • Two letters of recommendation.
  • A personal statement of up to 1,000 words describing your motivation to pursue this certificate.

If you are a degree-seeking student in the Master of Science in Applied Biotechnology, and are interested in earning the certificate as an additional credential, you must declare your interest with your academic advisor at your home campus. You do not need to submit an application.

How to Apply

While you are free to apply on your own, many prospective students find it helpful to speak with an enrollment adviser first.

Step 1. Select a home campus from our list of program partners: UW-Green Bay, UW-Madison, UW-Oshkosh, UW-Parkside, UW-Platteville, UW-Stevens Point, and UW-Whitewater.  See campus information below.

Step 2. Apply to your preferred home campus using the University of Wisconsin System Online Admission Application. If you are applying to UW-Madison, you will use the UW-Madison Adult Career and Special Student Services Application.

Please review the application instructions for your preferred home campus below.

  • Apply as a “Graduate Non-Degree Applicant”.
    • Select that you’re applying for “A Few Courses” and that you plan to take “Graduate” classes.
    • Then select “UW-Green Bay” as the campus.
    • Choose the “Applied Bioinformatics Certificate”.
  • No application fee. Skip the application fee section (not required for the certificate).
  • Not eligible for financial aid.

If you are applying to UW-Madison, you will use the UW-Madison Adult Career and Special Student Services Application.

  • Apply as “Degree Seeking Capstone Collaborative Certificate”.
  • No application fee.
  • Financial aid not yet available.

You may apply to the Graduate Certificate in Applied Bioinformatics as a  “Graduate Non-Degree Applicant” or a “Graduate Applicant”.

Option A:

  • Apply as a “Graduate Non-Degree Applicant”.
    • Select that you’re applying for “A Few Courses” and that you plan to take “Graduate” classes.
    • Then select “UW-Oshkosh” as the campus.
    • Choose the “Graduate Applied Bioinformatics Certificate – Applied Bioinformatics”.
  • No application fee.
  • Not eligible for financial aid.

Option B:

  • Apply as a “Graduate Applicant”
    • Select that you’re applying for “A Degree” and that you would like to earn a “Graduate Degree”.
    • Then select “UW-Oshkosh” as the campus.
    • Choose the “Applied Biotechnology-Collaborative, Masters”.
  • $56 application fee.
  • Eligible for financial aid.
  • Apply as a “Graduate Non-Degree Applicant”.
    • Select that you’re applying for “A Few Courses” and that you plan to take “Graduate” classes.
    • Then select “UW-Parkside” as the campus.
    • Choose “Graduate special”.
  • No application fee. Skip the application fee section (not required for the certificate).
  • Not eligible for financial aid.
  • Apply as a “Graduate Non-Degree Applicant”.
    • Select that you’re applying for “A Few Courses” and that you plan to take “Graduate” classes.
    • Then select “UW-Platteville” as the campus.
    • Choose “Online Graduate Special”.
    • Indicate interest in the Graduate Certificate in Applied Bioinformatics in the essay field on the application.
  • No application fee. Skip the application fee section (not required for the certificate).
  • Not eligible for financial aid.
  • Apply as a “Graduate Non-Degree Applicant”.
    • Select that you’re applying for “A Few Courses” and that you plan to take “Graduate” classes.
    • Then select “UW-Stevens Point” as the campus.
    • Choose “Grad Non-Degree Seeking”.
  • No application fee. Skip the application fee section (not required for the certificate).
  • Not eligible for financial aid.
  • Apply as a “Graduate Non-Degree Applicant”.
    • Select that you’re applying for “A Few Courses” and that you plan to take “Graduate” classes.
    • Then select “UW-Whitewater” as the campus.
    • Choose “Non Candidate for Degree”.
  • No application fee. Skip the application fee section (not required for the certificate).
  • Not eligible for financial aid.

Step 3. Send your resume, personal statement, and letters of recommendation; and arrange to have your official college transcripts (from each institution you attended) sent to the graduate student admissions office of the home campus to which you applied.

*If you are applying to UW-Madison, you will submit your resume, personal statement, transcripts, and letters of recommendation in the UW-Madison Adult Career and Special Student Services Application.

Financial Aid Options

Students enrolling in certificate programs may be eligible for financial aid. Refer to your home campus for more information.

Choosing a Home Campus

When you apply, you will need to choose a home campus. Your home campus is the institution from which you will receive financial aid, advising, career services, and your diploma.

Your choice of home campus is a matter of personal preference. Our campus partners share equal responsibility in the program, and you will take courses taught by faculty from all program partner campuses. As a student you will complete your degree or certificate entirely online. Your educational experience will be the same regardless of your campus choice, and your degree and transcripts will be identical to those earned by on-campus students.