Admission Policies and Procedures

Applying for Admission - Degree Seeking

Students seeking admission to the School of Graduate Studies as a degree seeking student must first apply for admission. You may:

There is an application processing fee of $56.00 ($45.00 for applications prior to September 1, 2008). If you are completing a paper application for admission, please include a check or money order with your application. If you submit an application online the application processing fee may be charged to a credit card. Please note that if the application fee is not paid, the application will not be processed.

You must submit official transcripts from all institutions attended. 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 School of Graduate Studies.

International Students

In addition to filing the standard application for admission international students must file:

An I-20 form will not be issued until all required documents have been received, reviewed and approved by the international student advisor.

Admission Status

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

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, 106 Brigham Hall, 608.342.1322, e-mail

Transfer Credits

The following guidelines apply to transfer credits to graduate programs at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville:

Applying for Admission - Non-Degree Seeking

Students not seeking a master's degree 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. Application and registration as a special student are handled using the three graduate registration forms:

These forms are available:

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.