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  • Graduate education at UWM is growing. The last decade has seen 20 new graduate degree programs, as well as two new graduate schools: Freshwater Sciences, the only one of its kind in the country, and Public Health.
  • Amazing Milwaukee!

    March 2013: International UWM graduate student writes about her experience in the Indian newspaper The Hindu.

  • UWM graduate programs—more than 120 master's, doctoral, and certificate—range from traditional programs of study to innovative new programs that reach across multiple disciplines.
  • A growing number of graduate degrees can be pursued online.
  • Graduate enrollment grew by more than 26 percent between Fall 2001 and Fall 2011.
  • Milwaukee—which has been called the "biggest small town in America”—is an ideal laboratory for research in many disciplines, including social sciences, public health, and urban education, as well as a diverse and attractive city in which to live.
  • UWM and UW-Madison are the only two doctoral campuses of the University of Wisconsin System.
  • UWM faculty conduct leading-edge research while embracing their roles as teachers and graduate mentors. Availability of graduate faculty is what students tell us they most like about their studies at UWM.
  • UWM awards more than $6 million annually in graduate fellowships and scholarships through the Graduate School, as well as specialized disciplinary awards through individual graduate programs.
  • Approximately one quarter of the more than 5,000 UWM graduate students receive teaching, project, or research assistantships that cover their tuition and health-care costs and support their full-time studies.


  • Research at UWM is growing. The nearly $62 million spent on research in 2010-11—much of it from the National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health—marked a 51 percent increase over just six years.
  • In 2011 UWM was listed in the Shanghai top 500 research universities in the world.
  • Graduate research assistants are a critical component of UWM’s growing research enterprise, conducting important, rewarding, and publishable research that supports the scholarly programs of their faculty mentors while advancing their own course of study and future career.
  • The Graduate School offers a number of travel awards to graduate students presenting at professional meetings.

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