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Few of the more than 4,600 academic institutions in the U.S. are honored with the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education’s “highest research activity” designation, the gold standard for assessment. The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is one of only two universities in the state that has earned this rating.

Top research status is coveted among institutions that value excellence in cutting-edge research, forming strategic partnerships and integrating research across a broad curriculum. UWM faculty, staff, administrators and students have worked toward this recognition for decades, demonstrating research excellence in laboratories and libraries, lecture halls and at international conferences.

Carnegie’s designation is not an end point, but signals an evolution – one possible only through the research, foresight and determination of our university community.

Best Midwestern University


Seeing our campus in person is the best way to decide if UWM is right for you. Our distinguished professors are recognized for making a profound impact on their respective fields and creating a vibrant research community in which they mentor the next generation of master’s and doctoral scholars.

There is no better time to explore a graduate program at UWM. Take a graduate school tour and explore all the campus has to offer.

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90 minutes from Chicago 5 minutes from Lake Michigan 15 minutes from downtown Milwaukee WHAT'S INSIDE Academic Distinction ............. 3 Graduate Programs 5 Coordinated Programs 6 Accelerated Master's Degrees 7 Certificates 8 UWM Online .................... 9 Cost 10 Financing Your Education 11 Get to Know Milwaukee 15 Apply ......................... 18 VISIT CAMPUS

Distinction ACADEMIC


SARUP balances professional skills with creative innovations that impact our built environment and communities across our region and the world. Our award-winning faculty prepares new generations of designers, planners, and leaders to pioneer solutions for challenges facing contemporary society – climate change, resiliency, migration, social justice, and urbanization among other global issues. Our externship program affords students an introduction to professional practice, and a gateway to jobs after graduation.


Students are drawn to the Peck School of the Arts for a variety of reasons. For some, it is our location in the cultural capital of Wisconsin and our deep connections to the region’s creative community. Others are impressed by the conservatory-caliber training we offer at a public school price. And anyone who visits is sure to experience how our accomplished faculty not only educate and inspire the next generation of artists, but also welcome them as essential collaborators on a common goal to change the world. Whatever your reason, you’ve found your creative home at the Peck School of the Arts.


The School of Biomedical Sciences & Health Care Administration offers two exciting areas of study. The Biomedical Sciences programs focus on the detection, diagnosis and treatment of diseases across all systems and parts of the human body through laboratory-based testing and diagnostic imaging. The Health Care Administration programs help develop basic business principles and tools that students need for effective decision-making in a health care setting.


As a major metropolitan business school, the Lubar College offers MBA and MS Management programs that help rising business professionals advance in their careers in general management, IT management, marketing, finance, accounting, and other career specializations. The Lubar College is among the 5% of business schools worldwide accredited by AACSB International.


Wisconsin's premier school of urban education, offers a variety of certificate, master’s, doctoral and interdisciplinary programs that prepare students to be leaders in their profession. In addition to programs in Curriculum and Instruction, we also offer specialized programs in School Counseling, and Higher Education Administration, to only name a few. Many of our programs are offered online, making them easy to fit into your busy schedule. Whether you’re seeking to build on your current skills, or explore a new career path, UWM’s School of Education has graduate programs perfectly designed to get you there.


UWM is one of only two public universities in Wisconsin offering engineering degrees through the doctoral level. Our programs apply R1 research excellence to high-demand focus areas, including energy and sustainability, biomedical and health, infrastructure, water and transportation technologies and advanced manufacturing. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella earned his master's degree in computer science from UWM. Students in MS and PhD programs in the college receive support of over $500,000 in funding, tuition, and benefits each year.


Located on the shores of Lake Michigan, the School of Freshwater Sciences provides a unique opportunity to study complex freshwater ecosystems, atmospheric processes and climate change. Our programs teach students how to apply science and policy to address the environmental challenges our communities face. We offer traditional master’s and PhD programs in freshwater sciences and atmospheric science, as well as a professional science master’s in freshwater science.


A pioneer of online education, the school offers an ALA-accredited Master of Library and Information Science -- ranked 14th in the nation by U.S. News & World Report – an MS in Information Science and Technology and a PhD in Information Studies. Our innovative academic experiences are rooted in service and lead to rewarding future-ready careers in the library and information technology professions. Programs are available fully online.



This college is the home of the natural sciences, social sciences, and the humanities. It is the powerhouse of research on campus – in fiscal year 2023, more than $60.3M in research activity occurred at UWM, of which more than 49% was in the Letters & Science disciplines. The school has the largest breadth of academic programs and scholarly research – more than 55 graduate and post-baccalaureate programs, including certificates, master’s and doctoral degrees, and joint interdisciplinary degrees.


As Wisconsin's largest nursing school, the graduate nursing program is nationally accredited and ranked by U.S. News & World Report. Over $500,000 of funding is made available to nursing students annually. From pediatrics to geriatrics, community clinics to hospitals, our faculty partners with students to conduct research and scholarship that advances science in nursing and health to transform health care delivery and health policy.


Wisconsin’s only nationally accredited public health college offers graduate education in several areas of study: biostatistics; community and behavioral health promotion; environmental health sciences; epidemiology; health care informatics; kinesiology; nutritional sciences and public health policy.


The School of Rehabilitation Sciences & Technology encompasses a broad range of programs educating future rehabilitation professionals with a strong focus on interprofessional education, technology, research excellence and community engagement. The School of Rehabilitation Sciences & Technology offers programs in Assistive Technology and Universal Design, Athletic Training, Communication Sciences & Disorders, Occupational Therapy, Sciences and Technology, Performance Psychology, Physical Therapy and Therapeutic Recreation.


One of the few schools in the nation to combine social work and criminal justice & criminology, the Helen Bader School supports an array of cross-disciplinary and specialized programming. HBSSW offers a combined Masters in Social Work and Criminal Justice & Criminology, an online Masters in Social Work, and the only Social Welfare PhD with a specialization in criminal justice in the state of Wisconsin. Fundamental to social welfare in Milwaukee and with established regional connections, the school provides extensive field placement opportunities, research, and community connections.



Digital Supply Chain Management MS

Administrative Leadership, MS*

African and African Diaspora Studies, MA, PhD

Anthropology, MS, PhD

Architecture, MArch, MS, PhD

Art, MA, MFA

Art Education, MS

Art History, MA

Athletic Training, MS

Atmospheric Science, MS, PhD

Economics, MA, PhD

Educational Psychology, MS, PhD

Electrical Engineering, PhD Engineering, MS, PhD

English, MA, PhD

Environmental Health Sciences, PhD

Epidemiology, PhD

Exceptional Education, MS

Executive MBA

Biological Sciences, MS, PhD

Biomedical and Health Informatics, PhD

Biomedical Sciences, MS

Biostatistics, MS

Business Administration, MBA*

Freshwater Sciences, PhD

Freshwater Sciences and Technology, MS

Information Technology Management, MS

Kinesiology, MS, PhD

Language, Literature and Translation, MA*

Library and Information Science, MLIS*

Linguistics, MA, PhD

Management, MS

Management Science, PhD

Mathematics, MS, PhD

Mechanical Engineering PhD

Music, MM

Nonprofit Management and Leadership, MS

Public Health, MPH, PhD

Rehabilitation Sciences & Technology MS S

School Psychology, EdS

Social Welfare, PhD

Social Work, MSW*

Sociology, MA, PhD

Spanish, MA

Sustainable Peacebuilding, MSP

Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages and Applied Linguistics, MA

Translation and Interpreting Studies, MA*

Chemistry, MS, PhD

Cinematic Arts MFA

Communication, MA, PhD

Communication Sciences and Disorders, MS

Computer Science, MS**

Criminal Justice and Criminology


Cultural Foundations of Community

Engagement and Education, MS*

Curriculum and Instruction, MS*

Geography, MA, MS, PhD Geosciences, MS, PhD

Health Care Informatics, MS*

Health Sciences, PhD

Healthcare Administration, MHA*

History, MA, PhD

Human Resources & Labor Relations, MHRLR

Nursing, MN, PhD*

Nursing Practice, DNP*

Urban Design, MUD

Urban Education, PhD

Urban Planning, MUP

Urban Studies, MS, PhD

Dance, MFA

Data Science MS

Information Science and Technology, MS*

Information Studies, PhD

Occupational Therapy, MS, OTD

Philosophy, MA

Physical Therapy, DPT

Physics, MS, PhD

Political Science, MA, PhD

Psychology, MS, PhD

Public Administration, MPA

Women’s and Gender Studies, MA

* Has online options

** Has a primarily online option



"Earning the Advanced Opportunity Program Fellowship has allowed me to embrace my research into high temperature oxidation and austenitic alloys and put me on the path to becoming great in my field and the community, no matter the difficulty.”


Architecture, Arch/Urban Planning, MUP

Library and Information Science/ Art History, MA

Library and Information Science, MLIS/English, MA

Library and Information Science, MLIS/Music, MM

Library and Information Science, MLIS/Anthropology, MS


Business Administration, MBA/ Nursing Practice, DNP*

Business Administration, MBA/Information Technology

Management, MS

Business Administration MBA/ Translation & Interpreting Studies


Criminal Justice and Criminology

MS/Social Welfare PhD

Criminal Justice and Criminology

MS/Social Work MSW

Library and Information Science, MLIS/Geography, MA

Library and Information Science, MLIS/History, MA

Library and Information Science, MLIS/Language, Literature and Translation, MA*

Library and Information Science

MLIS/Translation and Interpreting Studies MA*

Library and Information Science, MLIS/Women’s and Gender Studies, MA

Library and Information Science, MLIS/Health Care Informatics, MS*

Library and Information Science, MLIS/Information Science and Technology, MS*

Library and Information Science, MLIS/Urban Studies, MS


Public Administration MPA/ Criminal Justice and Criminology


Public Health, MPH/Social Work, MSW

Social Work, MSW/Social Welfare


Social Work, MSW/Women’s and Gender Studies, MA


Urban Planning, MUP/Public Administration, MPA

Urban Planning, MUP/Engineering, MS

* Has online options



Make the most of UWM’s prestigious designation as an “R1” research university! Bright, highly-motivated undergraduates with clear academic goals can start graduate work before completing their bachelor’s degrees. Students can save up to a full year of enrollment and tuition by double-counting graduate coursework between the two degrees. Some students graduate with both degrees in as few as five years.

Each accelerated master’s degree pairs a single undergraduate degree with a single graduate degree. Eligibility, double- counting and application procedures differ. See program for details. The UWM accelerated master’s degrees (listed by graduate topic) are:



→ Anthropology, BA/Anthropology, MS

Art History

→ Art History BA/Art History MA

Athletic Training

→ Kinesiology, BS/Athletic Training, MS

Biomedical Sciences BS/Biomedical Sciences MS

Cultural Foundations of Community Engagement and Education

→ Community Engagement & Education BS/Cultural Foundations of Community Engagement and Education MS

Computer Science

→ Computer Science, BS/Computer Science, MS

→ Computer Engineering, BS/Computer Science, MS

Criminal Justice and Criminology

→ Criminal Justice and Criminology BS/Criminal Justice and Criminology MS


→ Economics, BA/Economics, MA

Educational Psychology

→ Community Engagement and Education, BS/Educational Psychology, MS: Cognitive and Developmental Sciences

→ Biomedical Engineering, BS/Engineering, MS

→ Civil Engineering, BS/Engineering, MS

→ Computer Engineering, BS/Engineering, MS

→ Electrical Engineering, BS/Engineering, MS

→ Environmental Engineering, BS/ Engineering, MS

→ Industrial Engineering, BS/Engineering, MS

→ Materials Engineering, BS/Engineering, MS

→ Mechanical Engineering, BS/Engineering, MS

Exceptional Education

→ Exceptional Education BS/ Exceptional Education MS

Freshwater Sciences and Technology

→ Freshwater Sciences, BS: Aquatic Science and Freshwater Sciences and Technology, MS: Professional Science

→ Freshwater Sciences, BS: Aquatic Science/ Freshwater Sciences and Technology, MS: Professional Science: Water Policy, Economics and Management

→ Freshwater Science BS: Water Policy/Freshwater Sciences and Technology, MS: Professional Science

→ Freshwater Sciences, BS: Water Policy/ Freshwater Sciences and Technology, MS: Professional Science: Water Policy, Economics and Management

Information Technology Management

→ Accounting, BBA/Information Technology Management, MS

→ Finance, BBA/Information Technology Management, MS

→ Human Resources Management, BBA/Information Technology Management, MS

→ Information Technology Management, BBA/Information Technology Management, MS

→ Marketing, BBA/Information Technology Management, MS

→ Supply Chain and Operations Management, BBA/Information Technology Management, MS

Information Science and Technology

→ Information Science and Technology BS/Information Science and Technology MS

Language, Literature, and Translation

→ French, BA/Language, Literature, and Translation, MA: French and Francophone Language, Literature, and Culture

→ Information Science and Technology, BS/Library and Information Science, MLIS

M Management

→ Finance, BBA/Management, MS: Finance Analysis

→ Marketing, BBA/Management, MS: Marketing

Public Health

→ Public Health, BS/Public Health, MPH: Community and Behavioral Health Promotion

→ Public Health, BS/Public Health, MPH: Environmental Health Sciences

→ Public Health, BS/Public Health, MPH: Epidemiology

→ Public Health, BS/Public Health, MPH: Public Health Policy

Translation and Interpreting Studies

→ French BA/Translation and Interpreting Studies MA

→ German BA/Translation and Interpreting Studies MA

→ Global Studies BA/Translation and Interpreting Studies MA

→ Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S. Latino Studies BA/ Translation and Interpreting Studies MA


Urban Planning

→ Urban Studies BA/Urban Planning MUP



Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Adult/University Level Teaching

English to Speakers of Other Languages

Advanced Study in Archives and Records Administration*

Advanced Study in Digital Libraries*

Advanced Study in Teaching and Learning

Applied Behavior Analysis*

Applied Data Analysis Using SAS

Applied Econometrics and Data Analysis

Applied Gerontology

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning*

Assistive Technology and Accessible Design*

Autism Spectrum Disorders

Business Analytics* C

Certified Mental Performance Consultant

Children's Mental Health for School Professionals

Clinical Nurse Specialist

Cyber Crime Forensics

Data Curation

Digital Cultures

Educational Policy

Energy Engineering

Enterprise Resource Planning*



Family Nurse Practitioner


Geographic Information Systems

Global Educator

Health Care Management

Health Professional Education

Healthcare Compliance*

Information Security

Interdisciplinary Language and Literacy Intervention

International Human Resources and Labor Relations


Interprofessional Graduate

Certificate in Public and Population Health

Investment Management

M Marketing

Maternal and Child Health

Mathematics Teacher Leadership*

Mediation & Negotiation

Mental Performance Consultant

Modern Engineering Leadership

Multicultural Knowledge Of Mental Health Practices

Museum Studies N

Nonprofit Management O

Organizational Leadership in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Performer's Certificate

Professional Practice in Civil Engineering Infrastructure *

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner R

Racial and Social Justice in Education

Rhetorical Leadership

School Counseling

Supply Chain Management

Support Services for Online Students in Higher Education*


Teaching and Learning in Higher Education*

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Technology Entrepreneurship

Transition for Students With Disabilities


Trauma-Informed Care

Value-Based Healthcare*

Women’s and Gender Studies

* Has online options

Mania is a PhD candidate whose research investigates the cultural landscapes of new immigrants with queries about displacement, gender, and race.
"Receiving both a Distinguished Graduate Student Fellowship and a Distinguished Dissertation Fellowship award during my graduate studies provides me with enough moral support and confidence to move forward."

Online UWM

UWM is a nationally known leader in online education. We were ranked the best online college in Wisconsin by thebestschools.org, and UWM Online offers 600+ online graduate-level courses each year. Award-winning faculty undergo additional curricular and technology training to make their online instruction as effective as possible.

Distance learning doesn’t mean distant learning. It means that you can log on to UWM Online from anywhere and arrange your academic life around your other commitments and goals.

Each time you log on, you join an active community of other online students with whom you’ll engage in class projects and discussions. You’ll receive regular, personalized feedback from career professors, instructors and academic advisors. uwm.edu/online


• A dedicated academic advisor

• UWM Help Center to answer tech questions

• Writing guidance through the UWM Writing Center

• The UWM Libraries, offering a dedicated distanceeducation librarian, research tools for online students and a premier digital collection

UWM educates

more online students than any other university in the state.

Over 34 graduate online programs



•Coordinated Programs










This table is based on Fall 2022 tuition rates for eight credits or more per semester and is an estimate for two semesters. Segregated Fees are included in the Resident, Non‐Resident, Minnesota and Midwest Exchange/IL estimated rates


A $30 per credit Instructional Technology fee is assessed for any online or hybrid class in addition to the Segregated Fee. There is no credit plateau for the Instructional Technology Fee. The amounts listed on this fee schedule do not include any special course fees or differential tuition that will be charged in addition to the normal tuition and are not included in pricing plateau. Consult the Fall 2023 Schedule of Classes for a complete listing. Differential tuition is defined on the Additional/Differential per credit Charges table available from the Fall 2023 Tuition and Fee Rates page. * These numbers are estimates only and will vary based on your accommodations and meal choices.


Consult the tuition and fees website for the most current fees: uwm.edu/onestop/finances

Consult the schedule of classes for a complete listing: uwm.edu/schedule




Distinguished Graduate Student Fellowship (DGSF)

Recognizes strong academic and scholarly achievement or potential relative to expectations in discipline, demonstrated leadership potential and research goals.

Eligibility: Open to all full-time master’s and PhD students not yet at dissertator status.


• Academic year stipend: $15,500

• Tuition coverage: 8-12 credits per semester.

• Health insurance: single or family.

• Travel award: $1,000

Distinguished Dissertation Fellowship (DDF)

Recognizes exceptional scholarly achievements and recognition relative to expectations in field of study, exceptional performance as TA/RA and exceptional potential contribution of dissertation to new knowledge. Demonstrated leadership experience and potential.

Eligibility: Open to all full-time UWM PhD students at dissertator status.


• Academic year stipend: $17,000

• Tuition coverage: 3 credits per semester

• Health insurance: single or family

• Travel award: $1,000

Advanced Opportunity Program Fellowship (AOPF)

Recognizes strong academic achievement and the potential to contribute to diverse perspectives in knowledge or practice by underrepresented racial/ethnic minority students, as well as disadvantaged non-minority students. AOP nominations are based on a demonstration of high academic achievement.

Eligibility: Open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents, and for full-time master’s and PhD study. No academic probation. Must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.


• Academic year stipend: $16,000 master's $18,000 PhD

• Tuition coverage: 8-12 credits per semester

• Health insurance: single or family

• Fellowship renewal: 2 years for master’s and 3 years for PhD

• Travel award: $1,000

$30 MILLION in graduate assistantships (stipends, tuition and health insurance)

$3.5 MILLION in fellowship benefits

FULL TUITION remitted for eligible veterans and their dependents up to eight semesters or 128 credits under the Wisconsin GI Bill



McNair Graduate Entrance Fellowship (MGEF)

The UWM Graduate School provides a $5,000 fellowship to all McNair Scholars who enroll in a full-time graduate degree program at UWM, recognizing their exceptional scholarship and research background. This one-time fellowship is awarded to McNair Scholars in the first semester of graduate studies at UWM.

Eligibility: Open to McNair Scholars accepted for the upcoming Fall or Spring academic semester. Must submit a signed McNair Scholars Program application fee waiver with UWM Graduate School application to confirm McNair Scholars Program status.


• A one-time $5,000 fellowship awarded in first term of UWM graduate studies

• Award may be in addition to other fellowships/financial aid

• Connects McNair Scholars to UWM McNair campus community and resources.

Graduate Student Excellence Fund (GSEF)

The Graduate Student Excellence Fund was established in 2015 as a philanthropic effort to provide advanced degree students the support they need to pursue their research endeavors, complete their studies and share discoveries with others in their fields. Supporters of this fund represent individual alumni and friends of graduate education, private foundations, and corporate donors from areas such as business, industry, law, medicine and public service.


Financing con tinued YOUR EDUCATION


Approximately one quarter of the more than 4,400 UWM graduate students receive teaching, project or research assistantships from their program that cover their tuition, health care costs, provide a stipend and support their full-time studies. Students should contact their academic program for information on how to secure an assistantship.

Assistantships are available for qualified graduate students and, based on the appointment, are considered employees in training. Various assistantships are available, including:

• Teaching Assistantship: Teaching assistants gain professional development in instruction while playing important roles in the learning experience of undergraduate students. A teaching assistant is an enrolled graduate student who is regularly assigned teaching and related responsibilities under the supervision of a faculty member.

• Project Assistantship: Project assistants are assigned to conduct training, administrative responsibilities or other academic or academic support projects or programs – except regular preparation of instructional materials for courses or manual or clerical assignments – under the supervision of a member of the faculty or academic staff, primarily for the benefit of the university, faculty or academic staff supervisor or a granting agency.

• Research Assistantship: Research assistants conduct research primarily for the benefit of the individual’s course of study and research, and directly applicable to the individual’s thesis or dissertation.


The benefits of appointment as an assistant (minimum 33 percent appointment) include:

• Tuition remission (excludes student segregated fees) for 6-12 credits per semester

• Stipends commensurate with their academic level (TA and PA). Stipends range from $15,000-$21,000 for research assistantships (RA) based on school or college disciplinary grouping

• Access to lower-cost health insurance (single or family)

Academic year stipend rates effective August 21, 2023*:

Graduate Level TA (50%) PA (50%)

Non-doctoral $14,200 Hourly Rate: $16.02

Doctoral $15,700 Hourly Rate: $17.66

Dissertator $17,000 Hourly Rate: $19.61

*Based on 9-month (Academic “C” basis) length of appointment.

Appointments are made on a semester or academic year basis and may vary between 33 percent and 50 percent appointments. Maintaining good academic standing: This appointment and any associated benefits are contingent on the maintenance of good standing in your academic program and the Graduate School. You also must register for and complete a minimum number of credits each semester per UWM policy and the requirements of your academic program. Please contact your Graduate Program Representative for more information. Positions do not include the Winterim semester.

It is the policy of the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents that all UW System campuses conduct criminal background checks on prospective employees for a university position.

International Students

• Positions are contingent upon maintaining your immigration status. Appointment cannot commence until you have the appropriate visa category and an I-9 form is completed.

• Appointment cannot exceed 50 percent of full time (20 hours per week) during the Spring and Fall semesters.

• Appointments are contingent upon your demonstrated proficiency in English. International students must complete the UWM International TA Assessment (MITAA) and earn a minimum score of 15 overall and a 3 in pronunciation to be eligible for any TA position. However, not all prospective International Teaching Assistants must take the MITAA. You do not have to take the assessment if you have a recent (within the last 2 years) score of 24, or better on the speaking section of internet-based TOEFL (IBT), a score of 7.0 or better on the speaking section of the IELTS, or a score of 125 or better on the Conversation and Production sections of the Duolingo English Test. If the MITAA reveals that your language proficiency is not adequate for your work as a teaching assistant, you will be required to take English for Academic Purposes (EAP) coursework either prior to OR concurrently with your TA teaching duties, depending on the scores in other categories.



Most scholarship opportunities for graduate students come in the form of fellowships, assistantships, and tuition waivers and are offered by departments within the School or College. Graduate students are also encouraged to visit the Panther Scholarship Portal for other scholarship opportunities. Find more information, including the Panther Scholarship Portal at uwm.edu/scholarships.


Milwaukee is considered a top destination for the money-savvy college graduate or graduate student. Affordability is a hallmark of our educational opportunities as a Midwestern public research university, and we encourage students to apply for loans, financial aid and assistantships to ease the burden of paying for a graduate education. It’s a worthwhile investment, and loans can help you focus on what really matters –academics – during your time at UWM.

More than 80 percent of our 25,000-plus students qualify for financial aid, including the following loans:

• Federal Nursing Loan: up to $4,000

• Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan: up to $20,500

• Federal Grad PLUS Loan: up to estimated cost of attendance minus any other aid

To be considered for any of these loans, file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid online at FAFSA.gov.


Don't Procras tinate!

Funds are limited, and the earlier you apply for financial aid, the more you could potentially save.


All original financial aid offers assume enrollment in eight or more credits per semester. Domestic graduate students enrolling in less than eight credits need to inform the Student Financial Service Center of the number of credits they plan to take. Graduate students must take at least four graduate-level credits to qualify for federal financial aid. However, if you are taking undergraduate coursework that applies to your graduate program, you may be eligible for graduate aid if you are enrolled at least half-time (four credits) with documentation from your academic advisor. Based on the FAFSA, graduate students will be evaluated for Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loans only.

Non-degree Students

Students who are not accepted into a degree-granting program are classified as non-degree students and are not generally eligible for financial aid. Exceptions may be made for those enrolled in eligible certification programs or those taking prerequisite courses for admission to a UWM degree or certification program. In those cases, students must submit a completed Non-Degree Student Verification form to the Student Financial Service Center as early as possible.

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

All students are expected to be making satisfactory academic progress (SAP) toward a degree to be eligible for financial aid. SAP consists of two components of measurement: qualitative and quantitative. The qualitative measure is established by the performance standards of the school or college in which the student is enrolled. The quantitative measures consists of “pace” and “timeframe.”

Graduate students need to complete at least 50 percent of all attempted credits to meet the pace requirement. To meet the timeframe requirement, graduate students cannot attempt more than 200 percent of the number of credits required for the degree.


Get to know MILWAUKEE

There’s something especially exciting about an urban campus like UWM’s, with all the opportunities of city life fueling your work and play. It’s easy to build an eye-catching resume here through internships and networking opportunities with major employers based right in our backyard. When your college-to-career path needs to take a detour for downtime, there’s no place like our hometown.

Lakefront living

Mere minutes separate UWM from Lake Michigan’s Bradford Beach. Dramatic waves, beaches, trails and sails are a four-seasons reminder of what makes Milwaukee one of the most scenic college towns around.

Biggest small town in America?

Even in Wisconsin’s largest city, you’ll run into someone you know tailgating at American Family Field, strolling the midway at Summerfest or taking in the markets and marquees of Milwaukee’s theater district. Experience a charming city on Lake Michigan where a RiverWalk connects restaurants, nightlife and trendy neighborhoods.

Think naturally

Bike, run or hike through Milwaukee’s awardwinning parks. Milwaukee is a top 10 city for urban forests, which combines neatly with our academic reputation as a leader in sustainability education and job creation.

6 FORTUNE 500 COMPANIES headquartered

100+ festivals and events every year

1,500 acres of beaches and lakefront parks

Coolest City ––
in metro Milwaukee THE MIDWEST’S


UWM partners with nearly 3,000 businesses, nonprofits, schools and other organizations including:

Associated Bank

Aurora Health Care

Baird Briggs & Stratton Corp.


Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin

City of Milwaukee

Health Department

Direct Supply

GE Healthcare

Harley-Davidson Motor Co.

Johnson Controls

Kohler Co.

Manpower International

Marcus Hotels & Resorts

Medical College of Wisconsin


Milwaukee Art Museum

Milwaukee Public Library

Milwaukee Public Museum

Northwestern Mutual Rockwell Automation

Schools and Universities

State of Wisconsin

Department of Justice

Wisconsin Department of Transportation

Wyndham Worldwide

15+ museums downtown
– Forbes in 2020 25 BREATHTAKING PLACES AND EXPERIENCES FOR 2023 -National Geographic 150+ miles of Milwaukee County bike trails
Photo courtesy of VISIT Milwaukee
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Abdel Rahman specializes in computational fluid dynamics analysis for gas turbine cooling technologies, and also studies renewable energy technologies including solar, hydroelectric, and wind.

"Being recognized for my research achievements, competing alongside my great fellow researchers at UWM, is a great honor."


Whether you are interested in a professional master’s degree, conducting research and obtaining your doctorate, or advancing your career in a coordinated or certificate program, you can be confident that we are just as committed to your education as you are. Here are a few of the many campus resources UWM has available to enrich your experience and help you succeed in earning your valuable degree:

• Accessibility Resource Center

• American Indian Student Center

• Black Student Cultural Center

• Center for Student Experience and Talent (SET)

• Center for International Education

• Children’s Learning Center

• Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

• Electa Quinney Institute for American Indian Education

• Financial Aid

• Housing

• LGBTQ+ Resource Center

• UWM Libraries

• Military and Veterans Resource Center (MAVRC)

• Roberto Hernandez Center

• Southeast Asian American Student Center

• Student Health and Wellness Center

• Student Organizations

• Transportation Services

• University Legal Clinic

• University Recreation

• University Technology Services

• Women’s Resource Center

• The Writing Center

• And many more!

See all of our resources at: uwm.edu/graduateschool/gradresources




Our Panthera application system will guide you through the steps toward completing your application. But before you begin, here are the general requirements for admission to graduate school at UWM:

• A baccalaureate degree, or its equivalent

• Proficiency in the English language

• A minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale

• Transcripts

• Reason statement

• Application fee

You will find additional program requirements in the Panthera admission application.

English Proficiency Requirements

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language). Internet-based

IELTS (International English Language Testing System)

CAE (Cambridge English Certificate of Advanced English)

CPE (Certificate of Proficiency in English)

DET (Duolingo English Test)

PET (Pearson English Language Tests)

English for academic purposes

Two programs are available to help you be successful in your academic work:

• Pre-Academic Intensive English Program (noncredit)

• Academic English: writing, speaking, listening (credit)

If you have questions about these requirements, please contact your program.

Students who do not meet the English proficiency requirements for regular admission may be eligible for dual or conditional admission. Dual admission permits part-time academic study in addition to part-time English language instruction. Conditional admission allows for full academic admission but requires full-time English language study in UWM’s English Language Academy until English proficiency requirements are met. uwm.edu/ela | 414-229-5757

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