School of Graduate Studies

Admission Information

It’s easy to assume that you could get lost in the process of application and be seen as just another number. And, at some institutions, that may be the case; but not at UW-Whitewater. Here, we work with you to make sure you are admitted and on your path to success quickly and easily. This is not an automated process. A living, breathing member of our staff will review your application to ensure the best fit.


Graduate Admissions Deadlines

Application deadlines vary from program to program. Note also that both the School of Graduate Studies and the department must receive all application materials prior to the application deadline, only then will processing begin on your application. (All deadlines are subject to change without notice.)

Program First Semester Deadline
Communication Sciences and Disorders Fall February 1
Spring/Summer No Admission
Counseling Summer/Fall Early October 1
Summer/Fall February 1
Spring No Admission
Higher Education Leadership Fall July 15
Spring December 15
Summer April 15
School Psychology Summer January 14
Spring/Fall No Admission
Social Work Summer/Fall Early December 1
Summer/Fall January 15
Spring No Admission
All other programs Fall/Spring/Summer One week before semester classes begin

Graduate Academic Admission Requirements

Requirements for admission to a degree program in good standing are as follows:

  • A baccalaureate or higher degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • At least a 3.00  overall grade point average in all the graduate work previously completed at UW-Whitewater, with no grades of I or IP pending.
  • One of the following:
    • At least a 2.75 overall grade point average in the undergraduate degree program.
    • At least a 2.90 grade point average in the last half of the undergraduate degree program.
    • A master's degree or higher from an institution regionally accredited at the corresponding graduate level.
    • At least 12 credits of graduate work completed on a regular grade basis at UW-Whitewater.
  • Any additional requirements set by individual departments or colleges for admission to specific degree programs.

All grade point averages are on a 4.00 basis.

The following application requirements must be met and received by the Office of Graduate Studies by the appropriate application deadline. All items listed below must be submitted for your application to be considered. Here is what you need to do:

Graduate Program Application Process

This application should be used by individuals: (1) who wish to earn a graduate degree from the University, (2) who wish to change graduate programs/emphases within the University, (3) who wish to change their status from a non-candidate for degree to earn a graduate degree from the University, or (4) who want to apply as a non-candidate for degree student. An online application is available.

Have official transcript(s) sent directly to the School of Graduate Studies from any institution(s): (1) that granted your bachelor's degree(s), (2) that granted your master's (or higher) degree(s), or (3) from which you have completed graduate course work that you wish to transfer into your intended degree program at UW-Whitewater. Additional transcripts may be required, at the discretion of the School of Graduate Studies. (We will order all UW-Whitewater transcripts.)

Mail official transcripts to: UW-Whitewater, School of Graduate Studies, Roseman 2013,  Whitewater, WI 53190

This non-refundable fee is assessed to first time UW-Whitewater graduate program and certificate applicants only. This fee is not required for Non-candidate for degree, cooperative or post master's programs, degree or emphasis changes, or those earning a second master's at UW-Whitewater. McNair Scholars may apply for a graduate application fee waiver. Military personnel who have an honorable discharge on their DD214 or on active duty may apply for a graduate application fee waiver.

One transfer credit application must be completed for EACH non UW-Whitewater course you wish to transfer into your program. All course work, with the exception of up to twelve credits, must be completed at UW-Whitewater. You can download the Transfer Credit application. You must have Adobe Acrobat Reader to download this application. Download the Transfer of Credit Application.

Departments may have additional application materials that they require. Please contact the appropriate department for possible additional requirements (see program contact information). These materials should be sent directly to the specific departmental office.

  • Departmental Application
  • Appropriate coursework / Experiential background
  • Copies of Transcripts
  • Graduate School Examinations (e.g. GMAT, GRE, etc.)
  • Letter(s) of Recommendation / Letter of Intent / Goal Statement
  • Personal Interview / Meeting with advisor

In addition to the documents and the academic requirements listed above, all international students must also submit the following with their applications:

International Admission Requrements

All international applicants to graduate programs must submit an official course-by-course evaluation of all foreign education credentials. Acceptable international credential evaluation agencies include:

  • Educational Credential Evaluators, lnc.(414) 289-3400 (ece.org)
  • World Educational Services, 212-966-6311 (wes.org)
  • or any NACES accredited evaluation service (naces.org)

This demonstrates that you have adequate financial support available during your planned period of study. For more information and a downloadable form go to our  Certification of Finances Information page.

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Score
    The TOEFL score is required by those whose native language is anything other than English. Official results must be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service. A TOEFL score of 79 internet-based is required for admission into some degree programs and is strongly recommended by others;  OR
  • Arranging for admission into the Wisconsin English Second Language Institute (WESLI) in Madison, Wisconsin. Students must complete the institute's 700 level, including academic reading and writing, and academic listening and speaking skills, with a rating of "very good" or higher (3, 3+, or 4). Students must arrange to have these results and a recommendation from WESLI forwarded to the Graduate Office;   OR
  • An official International English Language Testing System (IELTS) showing a minimum required score of 6.0.
  • Applicants are exempt from the TOEFL requirement if they:
    • have earned a bachelor's degree from an English-speaking country.
    • have attended a U.S. college or university continuously for more than one year or have a completed U.S. undergraduate degree.
    • have received an undergraduate degree from a foreign institution where English is the language of instruction.
    • have resided and worked in the U.S. for more than one year without being a student.

Submit a photocopy of the relevant information from your passport. This document is required in order to process your application.

You will need to submit a letter of recommendation from a former professor, attesting to your ability to pursue graduate study in the United States.

Mailing Information

Please send all graduate application requirements to the address listed below. If you have any questions either during the application process or once you are admitted, please contact either the School of Graduate Studies, the Graduate Business Office, or the academic departments for assistance.

UW - Whitewater
School of Graduate Studies
Roseman 2013
Whitewater, WI 53190
(262) 472-1006
(800) 628-4559
gradschl@uww.edu