Admission (Graduate)

262-472-1006

gradschl@uww.edu

http://www.uww.edu/gradstudies

In general, all persons who hold a bachelor’s or advanced degree from a regionally accredited school may register in graduate-level courses for graduate credit. Proof of a bachelor’s or higher degree is required.

Students may be admitted to a graduate degree program either in good standing or on a contingent basis. The admission status (e.g., "good standing" vs. "contingent") of all applicants from baccalaureate-granting institutions that don't employ traditional grading systems will be left to the judgment and recommendation of the graduate program to which the student is applying. Certain other special categories are established for persons not attempting to complete a degree at this institution. These special categories are "noncandidate for degree" and "guest transfer of credit."

Effective fall 2007, individuals who have earned bachelor degrees created in accordance with the European Higher Education Area (i.e., Bologna Process), or earned bachelor degrees from institutions engaged in a formal agreement with the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, will be considered admission eligible providing their academic performance in completing that degree is emblematic of future success in a graduate program (i.e., eligible to be admitted in "good standing").

Effective Fall 2017, individuals who have earned a 3-year bachelor's degree from a non-Bologna process (European Higher Education Area) university will be considered admission eligible upon satisfactory completion of an approved Master’s Bridge program. 

Approved UW-Whitewater international bridge programs:

  • Business Bridge
  • Computer Science Bridge

Deficiencies in Background for Graduate Study

If a department finds that a student lacks the proper academic background for graduate studies, it may specify that deficiencies be made up before the student completes a degree. In some cases, deficiencies may have to be made up by registering in undergraduate courses that do not count toward completion of a master's degree.

Admission in Good Standing

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 3.001 overall 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.

Contingent Admission

A student who does not meet the requirements for admission in good standing may be admitted to a degree program with contingent admission after furnishing credible evidence of ability to do satisfactory graduate work.

Such credibility is determined by the admitting academic department or individual program coordinator, and could be a creditable postgraduate employment record; active service as a member of the U.S. military; a satisfactory score on the Graduate Record Examination, GMAT or Miller Analogies Test; or the successful completion of graduate work at a regionally accredited institution.

Students admitted under the terms of contingent admission must earn a GPA of 3.0 for the first nine graduate credits attempted, including repeated courses. Those failing to do so will be ineligible to take further graduate work in that degree program.

Noncandidate for Degree (NCFD)

Persons who hold a bachelor’s degree or a graduate degree from a regionally accredited college or university but do not wish to be admitted to a graduate degree program are classified as NCFD students. Evidence of a bachelor’s degree or an advanced degree is required for an NCFD student. This category allows the student to enroll in graduate level courses and to receive graduate credit for this work. Departments and colleges reserve the right to restrict NCFD students from their courses.

Before attempting more than 12 units as an NCFD, a student is encouraged to file an application for a degree program. Acceptance of any course work toward a graduate degree, including course work completed as an NCFD student, is at the discretion of the department. Because a graduate degree requires that the student complete a program of courses planned in consultation with an adviser, generally two-thirds or more of the course work must be completed after formal admission to the degree program. Consequently, a maximum of twelve units taken prior to admission to the program may be applied toward the completion of a degree.

Guest Transfer of Credit

Persons attending another graduate school who wish to take graduate courses at UW-Whitewater and transfer them to that institution may do so. The request for guest matriculation status form is to be completed by an official of the graduate school to which the units are to be transferred. The form certifies that the student is attending the other institution and states the provisions for approval of the work taken at UW-Whitewater toward the degree at the other institution. Students may download the Request for Guest Matriculation Status form at http://www.uww.edu/gradstudies/ or contact the Graduate Studies Office.

Seniors Taking Graduate Courses

UW-Whitewater undergraduate students with senior status may be allowed to complete up to twelve graduate units at UW-Whitewater provided they have completed at least 90 semester units with at least a 2.75 overall grade point average (or 2.90 over the last half of their course work), and have a graduate application on file in the Graduate Studies Office. The application can be found at: https://apply.wisconsin.edu/.

Eligibility for this privilege must be established by the student with the graduate program coordinator and Graduate Studies Office and is not available to seniors at other institutions or students who already possess a bachelor's degree. Seniors may not use graduate-level units to satisfy requirements for the bachelor's degree. If a student takes only graduate coursework in a semester, graduate fees will be charged. Graduate programs may choose to limit the maximum graduate units at a lower limit than this university policy.

Admission materials become the property of the university and are not returned to applicants or forwarded to other institutions.

All application credentials must be sent to:

School of Graduate Studies
Roseman Building 2013
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
800 West Main Street
Whitewater, WI 53190

Electronic transcripts can be sent to gradschl@uww.edu.

Application to Degree Programs

To apply for admission to a graduate degree program, individuals must:

  1. Submit a completed application and $56 application fee. Available at http://www.uww.edu/gradstudies.
  2. All requests to transfer and/or apply previously taken graduate course work toward the degree requirements must be submitted at the time of application. Transfer credit forms may be obtained by visiting http://www.uww.edu/gradstudies.
  3. Submit an official degree-bearing transcript from the institution that granted the bachelor’s degree and that includes at least 60 semester hours of course work. If fewer than 60 semester hours of course work were completed at the degree-granting institution, additional transcripts will be required.
  4. In addition to the official bachelor's degree-bearing transcript, submit copies of transcripts for all undergraduate work that was applied to the bachelor's degree, if that course work was not included in the degree-bearing transcript. These transcripts may be unofficial copies and may be submitted by the applicant.
  5. Submit, directly from the granting institution, an official transcript showing completion of any master's or higher degrees.
  6. Submit, directly from the granting institution, official transcripts for any other graduate work completed, if the work is to be considered for transfer into the student's degree program. If official transcripts for previously completed graduate work are not provided at the time of application to the program, credit for that work cannot be transferred at a later date.
  7. Have official transcripts sent directly from the registrar's office at the institution where the work was completed to: School of Graduate Studies, 2013 Roseman Hall, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, 800 W Main Street, Whitewater WI 53190.  Electronic transcripts can be sent to gradschl@uww.edu. (Note: Transcripts from UW-Whitewater will be ordered by the Graduate School.) Transcripts faxed to UW-Whitewater or submitted personally by applicants will not be accepted.
  8. In the case of an institution in a foreign country that does not issue transcripts other than the single official copy presented to the student, a photocopy may be submitted provided that the applicant presents the official document for verification of authenticity at the Graduate Studies Office upon arrival at UW-Whitewater. A hold will be placed on their record until this is provided.

  9. Submit all other credentials (e.g., test scores, letters of recommendation, goal statement, autobiography) required for admission to the particular program for which admission is being sought.
  10. In addition, International students must:
  11. Submit an official "course-by-course" evaluation of all foreign educational credentials. Contact: Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ece.org), World Educational Services (wes.org) or any NACES accredited evaluation service.  Approval for a different evaluator is at the discretion of the School of Graduate Studies.
  12. Arrange for an official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score to be sent directly to the School of Graduate Studies if English is not the native language. A TOEFL score of 79 internet-based is required for admission into some degree programs and is strongly recommended by others.
    or

    Arrange 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 School of Graduate Studies.

    or

    An official International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score is acceptable. The minimum required score is 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.
  13. Send a completed certification of finances form to the School of Graduate Studies to demonstrate that there is adequate financial support available during the planned period of study. Forms are located at http://www.uww.edu/gradstudies.
  14. Have a former professor send a letter of recommendation directly to the School of Graduate Studies attesting to the student's ability to pursue graduate study in the United States.

Reactivation

Applicants who do not enroll in graduate course work at UW-Whitewater within a calendar year of the beginning of the term for which they were admitted and students who have not enrolled in graduate course work within a calendar year are considered inactive. Inactive students and students who have completed their degree programs must update and reactivate their files by completing a reactivation form before they will be eligible to register for graduate courses. Forms are available at http://www.uww.edu/gradstudies.

Transfer of Credit

All course work, with the exception of up to twelve units, must be completed at UW-Whitewater.  Graduate programs can choose to have more restrictive policies and have discretion in determining which transfer courses they accept toward degree requirements.  Additional course work taken at other institutions may allow specific program requirements to be waived; however, no more than twelve transfer units may be applied towards the unit requirements of a degree program. Some specific consortium arrangements between UW-Whitewater and other institutions may allow more than twelve units to be completed at the participating institutions.

Units for a course completed at another institution may be transferred to UW-Whitewater and applied toward a graduate degree provided:

  1. the institution offering the course is regionally accredited at the graduate level,
  2. the course appears as a graduate course on the student's graduate transcript from the institution offering the course,
  3. the course is applicable toward a graduate degree at the institution offering the course,
  4. the course is appropriate for the student's proposed graduate degree program at UW-Whitewater,
  5. the course is not a correspondence course, nor was it taught in a format less rigorous than that for UW-Whitewater courses, and
  6. the student earned a grade of at least B (3.00) for the course (B- is less than a 3.00 and will not be transferable). All requests to apply course work taken by a student prior to being accepted into a degree program at UW-Whitewater toward the degree requirements must be included in the application for admission to the degree program.

Students who have already been admitted to a degree program here and who wish to take a course at another institution and have it transferred to UW-Whitewater, must obtain permission prior to enrolling in the course. Forms for this prior approval are available at http://www.uww.edu/gradstudies. The institution at which the student wishes to earn graduate credit may also require documentation of the student's graduate status at UW-Whitewater.

Questions for the comprehensive examination for the master's degree may be included from courses accepted in transfer to UW-Whitewater. Students should contact their degree program coordinator about this matter.

The 12 unit limit on courses taken prior to program admission does not apply to changes in emphasis within any of the degree programs.

Application Deadlines

Applications will not be processed until all of the above credentials have been received. All application material (including transcripts and other material that may be required) must be received at least 45 days prior to the start of classes to be considered for admission for a given term.

Please note: Individual programs may have earlier deadlines. Information on deadlines for specific degree programs is found in the Degree Programs section of this catalog.

In order to ensure receipt of all application materials by the deadline, applications should be submitted at least three months before the beginning of the term the applicant plans to attend. Applications received or completed fewer than 45 days prior to the start of classes will be considered for admission for the following term.

Students whose applications for program admission are pending may enroll in course work as non-candidate for degree students, but are subject to the twelve unit limit on course work that may be taken prior to the term of a program admission and then applied toward the completion of a degree.

Pending Degree-Bearing Transcripts

Application for admission will be considered during the applicant's last term of undergraduate study; however, admission will be conditional upon the applicant attaining the baccalaureate degree and meeting all the requirements for admission.

Acceptance

After application credentials have been evaluated, students will be notified of their admission status. If accepted into a degree program, they will be assigned an adviser and sent an admission letter. The letter will include an assigned student ID number and information on how to register for courses.

Advising

Students are assigned faculty advisers by, and generally within, their major or emphasis department. Advisers are available to help plan each student's program of study and to assist in the selection of courses before students register for classes.

Graduate students who seek state professional education licensure should also contact the Director of Licensure for current licensure requirements. See section on Admission to Professional Education in this catalog.

State Residency

Students who have been a bona fide resident of the State of Wisconsin for one full year prior to the beginning of the term of their enrollment are exempt from payment of non-resident tuition. Also, applicants who have been continuously employed full time in this state, and were relocated to Wisconsin by their current employer; or applicants who moved to Wisconsin for employment purposes and accepted current employment before applying for admission to the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, may, along with their spouse and dependents, be exempt from the payment of non-resident fees provided the person making the application demonstrates an intent to establish and maintain a permanent home in Wisconsin.

In addition, persons may qualify as bona fide residents if they meet any of the following criteria:

  • nonresident members of the armed forces (family included) stationed in the state, or members of the armed forces who reside in Wisconsin and are stationed at a federal military installation located within 90 miles of the borders of Wisconsin;
  • Members of the armed forces who have served on active duty under honorable conditions in the U.S. armed forces or in forces incorporated in the U.S. armed forces, except service on active duty for training purposes, and meet the conditions to receive WI state veteran's benefits;
  • graduates of a Wisconsin high school whose parents have been bona fide residents of the state 12 months prior to the beginning of the semester of enrollment, or whose last surviving parent was a bona fide resident of the state 12 months preceding his/her death;
  • adult students who have been employed as migrant workers in the state for at least 2 months each year for 3 of the 5 years preceding the beginning of any semester or session for which they register at a university or center, or for at least 3 months each year for 2 of the 5 years preceding the beginning of the semester of enrollment;
  • official refugees who moved to the state immediately upon arrival in the United States and who have resided in the state continuously; or
  • minors or dependent adult students provided one or both parents have been bona fide residents of the state for at least 12 months preceding the beginning of the semester of enrollment.

Intent to become a bona fide resident may be demonstrated or disproved by factors including, but not limited to, filing of Wisconsin income tax returns, eligibility to vote in Wisconsin, motor vehicle registration in Wisconsin, possession of a Wisconsin operator's license, place of employment, and self support.

However, applicants who enter and remain in this state principally to obtain an education are presumed to continue to reside outside this state, and such presumption continues in effect until rebutted by clear and convincing evidence of bona fide residence.

Minnesota-Wisconsin Reciprocity

This agreement allows Minnesota residents to pay a reduced nonresident fee to attend a Wisconsin university. Arrangements to participate in this program may be made by filing an online application with:

State of Minnesota Higher Education Services Office, Reciprocity Program
1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350
St. Paul, MN, 55108-5227
651-642-0533 or 1-800-657-3866
http://www.ohe.state.mn.us

Licensure

Many degree programs allow students to attain Wisconsin teacher licensure within the degree program. However, licensure requirements may differ from degree requirements. Questions about teacher licensure should be directed to the Licensure Program Coordinator in the area of interest.

Criminal Background Checks

Various programs in the College require Criminal Background Checks. Students will be required to conduct Criminal Background Check using an online service. Please check with your program plan and advisor on when to complete the Criminal Background Requirement.

The results of a student’s CBC may preclude student participation in mandatory field experiences, disqualify students for a license, prevent service or employment in a student’s chosen field, prevent a student from completing the chosen degree plan, or from other program participation.

In those instances where there are concerns regarding results of CBCs, it is the student’s responsibility to seek legal counsel prior to declaring a major or continuing a program of study within the College of Education & Professional Studies.

Admission to Professional Education

Students with a bachelor’s and/or master’s degree interested in obtaining a teaching license should complete the survey for interest in initial licensure:  http://www.uww.edu/coeps/advising-admissions/advising/students#Post-BaccSeekingLicense

Students with a bachelor’s or master’s degree seeking an initial teaching license must meet the basic eligibility requirements before applying for Admission to Professional Education. Combined cumulative Grade Point Average for admission is based on all credits received in a bachelor’s and/or master’s degree that would be accepted by UW-Whitewater.

All licensure programs, EXCEPT Early Childhood Education

Students must achieve a combined GPA of at least 2.75 to apply for admission to Professional Education. Combined GPA is calculated from all graded UW-Whitewater coursework and all transferable credits earned from regionally accredited post-secondary institutions at the undergraduate and graduate level.
or

Meet the Testing Requirement

Students must earn Wisconsin passing scores on all parts of the Praxis CORE (or PPST/Praxis I), ACT, SAT, or GRE.

*Prior to receiving a Wisconsin teaching license, teacher candidates must achieve a Combined Cumulative GPA of 2.75.

AND

  • Complete a minimum of 40 credits at time of application
  • Achieve a combined cumulative GPA as outlined above or Meet Wisconsin passing scores on all parts of the PPST (Praxis I) and/or Praxis CORE, ACT, SAT, or GRE
    • PPST (Praxis I) scores earned prior to September 1, 2014 do not expire, and a combination of PPST (Praxis I) and Praxis CORE subtests (i.e. Reading, Writing, and Mathematics) with passing scores may be used
    • ACT, SAT, and GRE scores are valid for ten years
  • Pass COMM 110
    • with a "C"/"S" or better or be **concurrently enrolled
    • Possible waivers or substitutions must be on official forms and signed by the Communication Department Chair for typical undergraduates or by the Licensure Coordinator for those who hold a bachelor's degree.
  • Pass English 102
    • with a "C"/"S" or better or be **concurrently enrolled
    • Possible waivers or substitutions must be on official forms and signed by the Communication Department Chair for typical undergraduates or by the Licensure Coordinator for those who hold a bachelor's degree.
  • Pass each course of the Foundations Block (EDFNDPRC 210 , and EDFOUND 243 /EDFOUND 710 , and EDFOUND 222  or EDFOUND 212 )
    • with a "C"/"S" or better or be **concurrently enrolled
    • Possible waivers or substitutions must be on official forms and signed by the Educational Foundations Department Chair for typical undergraduates or by the Licensure Coordinator for those who hold a bachelor's degree.
  • Complete the Phase 2 portfolio evaluation by taking
    • All three courses within the Foundations Block at UW-Whitewater, OR
    • If the “Introduction to Education and Teaching” (EDFNDPRC 210 ) course of the Foundations Block is transferred in from another institution, students MUST take and pass the 1-credit “Portfolio Development I” (EDFOUND 214 ) course with a "C"/"S" or better or be **concurrently enrolled. 

Note: Passing the EDFNDPRC 210  “Introduction to Education and Teaching” course does not mean you have passed the Portfolio requirement. Talk to your instructor to determine if you have passed the Portfolio requirement. The "Non-Course Milestones" on your UW-Whitewater unofficial transcript must be updated to show if you passed the portfolio requirement.

**Concurrent enrollment means that students are currently taking the course(s) during the semester in which they submit an application for Admission to Professional Education, not pre-registered to take the course(s) in a future semester.

Early Childhood Education (dual license) Program

Early Childhood Education (dual license) is a competitive application process with a minimum combined cumulative 2.75 GPA due to the unique cohort model. This Program does NOT guarantee admission.  Students may apply with the minimum combined cumulative GPA; however, the Program is highly competitive: 

Students must achieve a combined GPA of at least 2.75 to apply for admission to Professional Education. Combined GPA is calculated from all graded UW-Whitewater coursework and all transferable credits earned from regionally accredited post-secondary institutions at the undergraduate and graduate level.
or

Meet the Testing Requirement

Students must earn Wisconsin passing scores on all parts of the Praxis CORE (or PPST/Praxis I), ACT, SAT, or GRE.

*Prior to receiving a Wisconsin teaching license, teacher candidates must achieve a Combined Cumulative GPA of 2.75.

AND

  • Complete a minimum of 30 credits at time of application
  • Pass EDUINDP 211, EARLYCHD 212, and EDUINDP 213
    • With a “C” or better or be concurrently enrolled
    • Concurrent enrollment means that students are currently taking the course(s) during the semester in which they submit an application for Admission to Professional Education, not pre-registered to take the course(s) in a future semester. 

Teacher Licensure Requirements

The College of Education requires all students seeking endorsement by the Licensure Officer of the College of Education and Professional Studies for Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction licensure to complete the following licensure requirements:

Pre-Student Teaching Clinical Experiences

Each student, under the supervision of professional school personnel and university supervisor, shall complete a pre-student experience working directly with children and youth within a school or other instructional setting.

During the Foundations Block, students are assigned for a minimum of 50 hours in a school setting that serves a diverse population.

During the Methods Block, students are assigned to one or more experiences completed in schools located within the service area of the College of Education. Students are responsible for their own transportation to the school sites.

Student Teaching

  1. All students seeking initial endorsement for licensure by UW-Whitewater must earn credits from UW-Whitewater in conjunction with experiences in schools. Additional information about these experiences is available from the Office of Field Experiences or the appropriate department in the College of Education and Professional Studies.
  2. All students seeking initial endorsement for licensure must complete a full day, full term experience following the daily schedule and term of the cooperating school (not the university term). The procedures for determining if a student has met the requirements for Student Teaching occur during the semester prior to the student's assigned placement.. Transfer students who seek endorsement from UW-Whitewater must complete at least 14 credits of academic work at UW-Whitewater prior to Directed Teaching. Students are placed in schools located within the service area of the College of Education and Professional Studies. Placements are made by the university on the basis of quality and other programmatic considerations. Students are responsible for their own transportation and housing arrangements during Student Teaching.

Admission to Student Teaching

Admission to Student Teaching is restricted to students who have been admitted to Professional Education and who have met the criteria below in addition to requirements as identified by the program.

  1. Completion of a Criminal Background Check
  2. 2.75 combined cumulative grade point average
  3. Passing score in the major(s) on Praxis II subject assessment test OR a content GPA of 3.0 or above by the announced deadline date (except for Early Childhood Directed Teaching A and B)
  4. An attempt of the Foundations of Reading Test for the Early Childhood, MC-EA, and Special Education Programs by the announced deadline date  
  5. Submission of Personal Information Sheet to Office of Field Experience by the announced deadline date (except for Early Childhood Directed Teaching A and B)
  6. Attendance at required student teaching meeting  except for Early Childhood Directed Teaching A and B)
  7. Submission of a negative Tuberculosis test result to Office of Field Experience (skin test or x-ray) by the announced deadline date
  8. Successful completion of statutory requirements