The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is authorized to offer programs leading to the master's degree. Until the early 1960s, UW-Whitewater had only offered undergraduate degrees. In response to societal needs for greater specialization and increased education in the professional work force, graduate programs were initiated at UW-Whitewater in the early 1960's. Since then, UW-Whitewater has granted 9,389 master's degrees. It is presently the fourth largest graduate school in the UW System with 1,259 students enrolled during the fall of 1996.
Master's degree programs are available in accounting, business administration, business education, communication, communicative disorders, curriculum and instruction, educational administration, guidance and counseling, management computer systems, management computer systems, music education, public administration, reading, safety, school business management, school psychology, and special education. An extensive program of evening classes is offered for those who are employed during the day. It is possible to complete master's degree programs through summer and evening work without being a full-time student during the academic year.
Graduate degree programs at UW-Whitewater are fully accredited by the North Central Association, the American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, the National Association of Schools of Music, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, and the Wisconsin State Department of Public Instruction.
Seniors may enroll for graduate credit. UW-Whitewater undergraduate students with senior status may be allowed to take at most six graduate credits at UW-Whitewater provided they have completed at least 90 semester credits with at least a 2.75 overall grade point average (or 2.90 over the last half of their course work) and have the written recommendation of the department chairperson of their undergraduate major. Eligibility for this privilege must be established with the Graduate Office and is not available to seniors at other institutions. Seniors may not use graduate-level credits to satisfy requirements for the bachelor's degree. Undergraduate fees will be charged for their graduate-level work.
UW-Whitewater has a limited number of graduate assistantships for selected full-time graduate students. To be eligible for consideration, individuals must be enrolled in a graduate degree program at UW-Whitewater in good standing status. Graduate assistants must register for at least nine graduate credits, but no more than 12 credits, each semester.
Students receiving full assistantship awards are expected to perform 20 hours of service per week. Workloads for partial awards are reduced proportionately. Duties will involve assignments such as laboratory assistant, research assistant, the preparation of materials for instruction, or other assignments of an academic nature.
The amount of a full assistantship award for the 1996-97 academic year was $7,150. The award amount for subsequent years is contingent upon funding being appropriated from the Wisconsin State Legislature, and is subject to change. All students who receive at least 2/3 of a full assistantship for an academic year or for one semester will qualify for fringe benefits (such as health, dental, and life insurance). When funds are available, out-of-state students who receive at least 2/3 of a full assistantship for an academic year or for one semester will be eligible for a remission of the nonresident portion of tuition costs for the corresponding time period. In addition, the out-of-state portion of the fees may be waived for the summer session if the student received at least 2/3 of a full assistantship award for the preceding spring semester. Full-time graduate students enrolled in the College of Business and Economics are also eligible for special funds set aside by the college for remission of non-resident portions of tuition costs.
New applicants for degree programs must complete and return an application for admission and may apply for a graduate assistantship. Students who have already been admitted to a graduate degree program should submit only an application for a graduate assistantship. Completed application forms should reach the Graduate Office by March 15 of the preceding year for first consideration. Recipients will be notified in writing and issued an employment contract as early as possible.
For information contact the Office of Graduate Studies and Continuing Education, Roseman Building, Room 2015, UW-Whitewater, Whitewater, WI 53190-1790, telephone (414) 472-1006.
The purpose of AOP is to expand the number of minority/disadvantaged students who receive graduate degrees from UW-Whitewater. To be eligible for an AOP award, individuals must be (1) U.S. citizens or permanent residents at the time of application and (2) members of traditionally under-represented minority groups (Black, Hispanic, American Indian/Alaskan Native or statutorily designated Southeast Asian) or non-minority/disadvantaged students. Individuals who are residents of the State of Wisconsin and members of the aforementioned minority groups are given highest priority for receiving AOP awards.
The amount of a full AOP award for the 1997-98 academic year is $7,000. The award amount for subsequent years is contingent upon funding being appropriated from the Wisconsin State Legislature, and is subject to change. Out-of-state students who receive AOP awards are also eligible for a remission of the nonresident portion of tuition costs for the time period of the award.
Additional information and application forms are available by contacting the Office of the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Support Services, 226 McCutchan Hall, UW-Whitewater, Whitewater, WI 53190-1790. Telephone (414) 472-4985.
Qualified graduate students who are interested in acquiring valuable credentials, financial assistance and career choices should consider enrolling in the Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) program. The two year program leads to a commission and possible service to the Nation in either the US Army, National Guard or Army Reserves. The courses studied also provide students with the credentials and specialized leadership expertise to be a successful supervisor, manager or administrator and is universally applicable across a broad spectrum of professions. Applications are available from the Department of Leadership, Military Science, and Aerospace Studies, Room 111, Salisbury Hall.
Graduate students who are interested in pursuing a commission as a second lieutenant in the United States Air Force, while accumulating valuable leadership and management experience should consider participating in the Air Force ROTC program. Air Force officers are employed in a wide range of fields, including flying, logistics, services, medical and advanced technology. The program generally had enough flexibility to accommodate any qualified applicant with at least 2-1/2 years of school remaining.