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Degree Admission Requirements

Please read the following information before you apply online. You must meet Graduate School and specific program requirements for admission. Please be aware of recommended and required deadlines. We recommend applying at least one year in advance of the term you wish to start.

Graduate School

  1. Degree: Bachelor's degree.
  2. Grades: A minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75. All of an applicant's undergraduate coursework completed before award of the first undergraduate degree is included in the GPA computation. For courses that were repeated for credit, each attempt is included.
  3. Transcripts: One official transcript sent directly to the Graduate School from each undergraduate and graduate school attended. If you attended UWM as an undergraduate, the Graduate School will obtain transcripts from the UWM Undergraduate Records Office.
  4. Proof of English Language Proficiency. One of the following three requirements must be met:
    • Receipt of a baccalaureate or higher degree from UWM or another approved institution where English is the sole language of instruction. For international students, the degree must be earned within two years of your expected enrollment at UWM.
    • A minimum TOEFL score of 550 PBT or 79 iBT. Some graduate departments require a higher TOEFL score. TOEFL scores must be sent directly to the University from ETS. TOEFL scores cannot be more than two years old.

      UWM's school code for TOEFL is 1473. The University will not review your application if you have a TOEFL score less than 520 PBT or 68 iBT, or an IELTS score less than 6.0.

    • A minimum IELTS score of 6.5 or higher. Graduate programs may require a higher IELTS score; refer to their admissions materials for more information. IELTS scores cannot be more than two years old.

    Program-specific requirements: Some graduate programs may require additional information. Please contact your intended graduate program directly to inquire about any additional requirements they may have.

    Other Requirements: Upon admission, applicants who expect to hold an F-1 or J-1 visa must provide proof of adequate funds to live and study full time at UWM. Estimated costs of studying at UWM are included in the Proof of Funding Information Form.

    Dual Admission: If you have submitted a TOEFL score between 520 and 549 (paper-based) or 68-78 (Internet-based) or an IELTS score between 6 and 6.5, you will be eligible to enroll in six credits of academic coursework and you will also be required to enroll in an ESL course (credit or non-credit). You must demonstrate your English language proficiency by submitting a TOEFL score of 550 or 79, or an IELTS score of 6.5, within three semesters of initial enrollment at UWM.

    Minimum test scores for graduate admission
      TOEFL
    Internet-based
    TOEFL
    Paper-based
    IELTS
    Regular 79 550 6.5
    Dual 68-78 520-549 6.0-6.4

    UWM's Institutional TOEFL Code: 1473.

  5. Reasons Statement: An essential part of your application, the Reasons Statement is used to determine the appropriateness of your educational and professional goals and serves as an example of your ability to express yourself in writing. In the statement:
    • Explain your reasons for pursuing graduate study.
    • Describe specific interests and your background in the field.
    • List any relevant skills or training you have acquired.
    • List relevant academic awards or honors you have received.
    • If your program requires recommendations, list the names of those individuals who will write on your behalf.
    • CEAS pays the $40 credential evaluation fee for CEAS applicants with non-US college credit.
  6. Fee/s: A non-refundable, $56 base application fee is required of all applicants, and an additional $40 evaluation fee, also non-refundable, is required for applicants with college-level work from non-U.S. colleges.

    Note: If you are applying to a doctoral program and already hold a UWM master's degree, you do not need to pay the application fee again.

Program Requirements

Contact your specific program representative for additional requirements for your program.

International Applicants

Please see the Center for International Education's International Student Admission page.

Admission on Probation

If your overall undergraduate grade point average is under 2.75, you may be considered for admission on probation by presenting evidence of ability to succeed in graduate-level work. The following conditions must be fulfilled before you will be considered for admission.

Applicants with GPA of 2.50-2.74 must present at least one of the following:

  • A grade point average of 3.0 or above during the final 60 semester credits of your baccalaureate degree program.
  • Completion of 6 or more credits of program-approved, post-baccalaureate coursework in an academic area directly related to your chosen graduate program. The grades earned must be a "B" or better (B- not acceptable).
  • Submission of official score reports from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), or Miller Analogies Test, that indicate a high probability of success in graduate school. Official is defined as having been sent directly from the testing service to UWM.
  • An advanced degree with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Applicants with GPA below 2.50 must present at least TWO of the following conditions to be considered:

  • A grade point average of 3.0 or above during the final 60 semester credits of your baccalaureate degree program.
  • Completion of 9 or more credits of program-approved post-baccalaureate coursework in an academic area directly related to your chosen graduate program. The grades earned must be a "B" or better (B- not acceptable).
  • Submission of official score reports from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), or Miller Analogies Test, that indicate a high probability of success in graduate school. Official is defined as having been sent directly from the testing service to UWM.
  • An advanced degree with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Your proposed graduate program unit may have further requirements for consideration of admission on probation and removal of probationary status. If you are admitted, your graduate program representative is responsible for communicating to you the conditions for removal of probation.

Admission with Course Deficiencies

You may not be admitted with more than two course deficiencies, and they must be removed within three enrolled semesters. Deficiencies are monitored by the Graduate School and your graduate program unit. No course credits earned in making up deficiencies may be counted as program credits required for the degree. If the deficiencies are not removed within three enrolled semesters, a hold will be placed on your record and you must show sufficient cause for continuation of graduate status.

Senior-Graduate Admission

If you are a UWM student holding senior standing and are within 6 credits of graduation, and meet both the admission (regular status) requirements of the Graduate School and the proposed graduate program unit, you may apply and be considered for one semester's concurrent enrollment in the undergraduate college and in the Graduate School. Your entire program is subject to the regulations and requirements of the Graduate School. You receive graduate credit only if the requirements for the bachelor's degree, including proficiency tests, are completed by the end of the semester of senior-graduate enrollment. You are assessed graduate fees for all coursework taken during the semester of senior-graduate admission.

Complete the UW System online admission application


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