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Message from the Interim Associate Provost

Welcome to the School of Graduate Studies at UW-Whitewater

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, 262-472-1006, or stop in our offices in the Roseman Building.

Joan Littlefield Cook
Interim Associate Provost

Graduate Study at UW-Whitewater

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 13 master's degree programs and 15 post-baccalaureate certificate programs, 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 2015, 1,209 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.

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:

  • comprehend and discuss advanced theoretical questions and current issues
  • collect, analyze and interpret data applicable to complex questions and problems
  • conceptualize, evaluate and implement solutions to complex problems
  • use appropriate technologies as needed
  • synthesize and articulate multiple concepts in a clear, concise and persuasive manner

     Constitution of the Graduate Faculty

  1. Graduate students at UW-Whitewater enter post-baccalaureate programs prepared to function as self-motivated and independent learners. Graduate students draw upon their foundational knowledge, maturity and greater self-understanding of their professional goals.
  2. Graduate study at UW-Whitewater is designed to meet appropriate professional learning outcomes. Coursework integrates advanced content, an examination of professional practice, and reflection upon experiences derived in practicum, clinical and/or field settings.
  3. Graduate students at UW-Whitewater engage in more complex ways with disciplinary content through analysis, synthesis, evaluation, reflection and application than at the undergraduate level. When graduate work serves an introductory function, the work will be more extensive and covered at an accelerated pace in comparison to undergraduate work in order to facilitate full engagement with more advanced theory and practice
  4. Graduate students at UW-Whitewater are expected to understand and apply abstract concepts and integrate new information into a broader and, in particular, a deeper knowledge base. They have a greater ability to synthesize concepts and skills taught in a single course as well as across the program curriculum.
  5. Graduate coursework at UW-Whitewater requires greater depth of engagement with more specialized disciplinary content, which in turn requires higher expectations for academic and intellectual attainment.
  6. Graduate study at UW-Whitewater engages students more frequently and more fully with the scholarly and professional research of the discipline, and focuses on primary source materials and graduate-level texts where appropriate.
  7. Graduate faculty at UW-Whitewater often have more frequent and personal contact with graduate students, entering into mentor relationships which support a transition into professional practice and/or career advancement.
  8. Graduate study at UW-Whitewater draws more frequently on students’ experiences. As a result, course discussions and projects often foster collaborative approaches to advanced understanding of professional challenges and/or contexts.
  9. Graduate study at UW-Whitewater requires more intense and sustained evaluative experiences, including self-reflection, frequent peer feedback, and detailed formative and summative assessment associated with specific professional or accreditation standards and/or capstone experiences.

     Graduate Faculty Exceptions Form and Policy

  1. Advanced abilities in gathering, investigating, documenting, analyzing, interpreting, evaluating, and synthesizing complex information from the discipline and its practice.
  2. Ability to apply discipline-specific skills (e.g., procedures, techniques, craft, technology and tool use) and knowledge (e.g., ideas, problems, concepts, vocabulary, history and theory of the discipline) to real-world contexts.
  3. Highly developed functional skills and behaviors necessary for maturing professionals including self-direction, problem-solving, decision-making, collaboration, and the capacity for networking and leadership.
  4. Writing skills that reflect advanced practice in professional contexts.
  5. Effective oral communication and interpersonal skills that support successful interaction with colleagues and professionally relevant constituents.
  6. A capacity to recognize ethical challenges relevant to disciplinary practice and the ability to articulate and justify a professional response.
  7. The ability to understand and respond effectively to the diverse interests and needs of domestic and global colleagues and constituents served by the discipline and its practice.
  8. Recognition of the need for continuous professional development through self-directed learning and on-going engagement with colleagues and other professionals.

     UW-Whitewater Core Values and Mission