Admission Policies and Procedures

Applying for Admission

Students seeking admission to the School of Graduate Studies must do the following:
  1. Apply electronically via the world wide web by typing: http://apply.wisconsin.edu/ or
  2. Obtain the application form from the Office of Admission and Enrollment Management by calling 1-800-362-5515, faxing 1-608-342-1122, e-mailing admit@uwplatt.edu, or writing the Office of Admission and Enrollment Management, University of Wisconsin-Platteville, 1 University Plaza, Platteville, Wisconsin 53818-3099.
  3. Submit the completed application form to the Office of Admission and Enrollment Management by mail along with a $45.00 application processing fee.
  4. Have official transcripts sent directly from all institutions attended to the Office of Admission and Enrollment Management.

The official transcripts must be sent directly from the institutions where the course work was completed. Applications will not be processed until all transcripts are on file. Transcripts become the property of the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and will remain on file at the university. Those seeking admission must have an earned bachelor's degree from a nationally or regionally accredited institution recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). International degrees will be evaluated individually. In some cases, a fee may be assessed to have international transcripts evaluated. Some programs may have additional admission requirements.

The faculty in the program area will evaluate each application for admission. Recommendations for admission, including admission status, will be based on a number of factors such as academic background in specific areas, performance in specific areas, test scores, recommendations, and previous graduate work. Admission status will be determined and reported to the applicant by the Office of Admission and Enrollment Management.

International Students

In addition to filing the standard application for admission with official transcripts translated in English, international students must file notarized "Financial Responsibility Statements" and a copy of their Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score with the Office of Admission and Enrollment Management. Students from English speaking countries may not need to provide TOEFL scores. Instead they should check with the Dean of Graduate Studies to obtain a waiver. International students must earn minimum scores of 500 or equivalent on the TOEFL. The students may request a waiver of the TOEFL requirement by submitting an acceptable justification for the waiver to the Office of Admission and Enrollment Management. An I-20 form will not be issued until all required documents have been received.

Admission Status

Upon being admitted, students will be classified in one of the following categories:

Full Standing

To be eligible for admission in full standing, a student must have an overall undergraduate grade point average of 2.75 or above, or 2.90 on the last 60 credits from the degree-granting institution.

Trial Enrollment

Students who do not qualify for admission in full standing may be admitted on trial enrollment. Trial enrollment admission status is to be used only in extraordinary cases. Admission as a trial enrollee must be justified by the admitting department and approved by the dean of the School of Graduate Studies.

Each program determines the number of credits contained in its trial enrollment period, up to nine credits of graduate course work. After a student has completed the minimum (as specified by their program area), the faculty in the program area recommend that the student's status be changed to full standing, probation, or dismissal. The credits earned while on trial enrollment may be counted toward a degree if approved by the faculty in the program area.

Special Students

Students who have earned a bachelor's degree from a nationally or regionally accredited institution recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) may register as special students. Special students receive full academic credit for credit courses taken while they are on special student status. The special student may later be considered for admission into a degree program if a 3.00 grade point average has been maintained in all graduate-level work and all other admission requirements are met. With the program area's approval, a special student may transfer up to 12 credits earned at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville into a degree program. All graduate level work will be included in computing the student's academic average.

Assignment of Advisor

An advisor will be assigned to each new graduate student by the program area upon the student's admission to the School of Graduate Studies. The dean of the School of Graduate Studies will confirm the final approval of advisor assignments. Students may request a change of advisor at any point during graduate study. Students may obtain graduate advisor change forms from the School of Graduate Studies, 112 Brigham Hall.

Transfer Credits

The following guidelines apply to transfer credits to graduate programs at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville:
  1. To be accepted for transfer, credits must be approved by more than one faculty member in the relevant program along with the dean of the School of Graduate Studies. Faculty may be 1) the program's committee; or 2) some mix of the student's advisor, program head, and a faculty member with expertise in the field.
  2. A minimum of 50% of the credits for a degree must be from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville graduate courses.
  3. Credits may be transferred only from a nationally or regionally accredited institution recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.
  4. Students must complete their graduate program within seven years of being admitted to the program at University of Wisconsin-Platteville (extensions may be granted). Once credits have been accepted as transfer credits, they become part of the current program of study, and the seven-year limit is based on the date of admission into the program.
  5. Transfer credits will be officially recorded after the student has successfully completed one graduate course at University of Wisconsin-Platteville and only courses where the student received a grade of B or higher will be accepted.
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