For more than 50 years, UW-Whitewater has offered high quality, practitioner-oriented graduate degree programs. Graduate education here uses knowledge and skills acquired through baccalaureate degrees and professional experiences as a foundation for advanced-level study and professional development—preparing our graduate students for leadership and highly-trained roles in business, education, or the human services.
Our nearly 20,000 graduate alumni confirm for us that our graduate faculty remain our greatest asset. There is a strong appreciation of our faculty and their commitment to mentoring, challenging, and supporting students throughout their programs whether it be at the master's, educational specialist, or doctoral levels. The UW-Whitewater graduate faculty have distinguished themselves as a unique blend of accomplished and widely-published scholars and knowledgeable, well-connected professionals who know what works in the field.
Further, we know that our graduate students build treasured, life-long relationships with their peers. Indeed, our data suggests that our graduate students learn through their seminars, projects, case studies, field placements and practica as much from the thinking and diverse experiences of their fellow students as they do from their own. Invariably, graduate peers in our various programs become close friends and key contacts in strong professional networks once they leave their programs.
The graduate catalog is filled with opportunities. We hope you find the graduate program that is right for you. If you're not sure which one that is, please don't hesitate to contact the School of Graduate Studies firstname.lastname@example.org, 262-472-1006, or stop in our offices in the Roseman Building.
Joan Littlefield Cook
Interim Associate Provost
The School of Graduate Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater oversees programs whose goal is to provide high quality, practitioner-oriented programs that use knowledge and skills acquired through baccalaureate degrees as a foundation for advanced preparation and professional development for careers in business and industry, education and human services. The graduate programs achieve this through provision of learner-centered processes which couple professional experiences with advanced knowledge and highly-refined analytic, communicative and functional skills such that their students are capable of performances that characterize the best practices of their profession. To that end, all master's level graduates will be able to:
Founded in 1868 as the State of Wisconsin’s second Normal School, UW-Whitewater has developed into a premier regional comprehensive university. Graduate Education at UW-Whitewater began in 1960 as part of a state-wide initiative to offer graduate courses that led to a master’s degree in education for certified teachers. We conferred the first masters degrees in 1964. However, from this modest beginning, Graduate Studies has grown and developed a number of acclaimed programs designed to meet the vocational and professional needs of today’s complex and evolving workplace. We now offer dozens of master’s degree programs and post-baccalaureate certicificates, ranging from Applied Economics to a Masters of Business Administration, from Communication to Education, from Professional Development to Environmental Safety. Also, since 2014, graduate students can earn a Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA).
In 1960, 32 teachers enrolled in summer graduate courses to improve their teaching skills: in Fall 2020, 1,503 graduate students of diverse backgrounds from 36 states and 20 countries from Europe, Asia, Africa, and Central America convened here, in a lovely 400 acre campus, located conveniently near Milwaukee, Madison and Chicago, in the center of the “Midwest Research Triangle.” To see what graduate education here at UW-Whitewater is about, please read our Mission Statement, along with the Graduate Course Criteria and the Learning Outcomes that define the serious and professional programs you will encounter here at UW-Whitewater.
Our faculty are committed to mentoring, challenging, and supporting you throughout your program - whether it be at the master's, educational specialist, or doctoral levels. The graduate faculty you will work with have distinguished themselves as a unique blend of accomplished and widely-published scholars and knowledgeable, well-connected professionals who know what works in the field.