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Program Application & Admission Information

Program Semester Information
Communication Sciences and Disorders Fall
February 1
No Admission
Counseling Fall/Summer 
October 1 
February 1 
No Admission
July 15
December 1 
May 1
School Psychology Fall/Summer
February 15
No Admission
Social Work Fall
January 12
No Admission
No Admission
All Other Programs Fall
One week before
semester classes

Graduate Academic Admission Requirements

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

1. A baccalaureate or higher degree from a regionally accredited institution.

2. At least a 3.001overall grade point average in all the graduate work previously completed at UW-Whitewater, with no grades of I or IP pending.

3. One of the following:

  1. At least a 2.75 overall grade point average in the undergraduate degree program.
  2. At least a 2.90 grade point average in the last half of the undergraduate degree program.
  3. A master's degree or higher from an institution regionally accredited at the corresponding graduate level.
  4. At least 12 credits of graduate work completed on a regular grade basis at UW-Whitewater.

4. 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.

Graduate Program Application Requirements

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:

Complete the Graduate Application
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, and (4) who want to apply as a non-candidate for degree student. An Online application is available.

Order Official Transcript(s)
Have official transcript(s) sent directly to the appropriate address (see Mailing Information below) from any institution(s): (1) that granted your bachelor's degree(s), (2) that granted your master's (or higher) degree(s), and (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.)

Submit $56 Graduate Application Fee

This non refundable fee is assessed to first time UW-Whitewater graduate program and certificate applicants only (NOT non-candidate for degree, cooperative or post master's programs, degree or emphasis changes, or those earning a second master's at UW-Whitewater).

Complete the Transfer of Credit form(s), if applicable
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 nine 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 Credit Application now!

Complete Departmental Application Requirements, if applicable
Departments may have additional application materials that they require. Please contact the appropriate department for possible additional requirements (see departmental telephone numbers). 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

International Students

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

1. Credential Evaluation Requirement
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, Inc. (414) 289-3400 (
  • World Educational Services, 212-966-6311 (
  • Or any NACES accredited evaluation service (

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

3. Evidence of English proficiency, demonstrated by

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Score
    The TOEFL score is required by those whose native language is 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 institutes'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.

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

5. Letter of Recommendation
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