Admission to the School of Graduate Studies

Admission Policies and Procedures

Applying for Admission - Degree Seeking

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

There is an application processing fee of $56.00. 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. There is also the option during the application online process to print off a form and submit the $56 processing fee to the School of Graduate Studies Office by mail. Please note that if the application fee is not paid, the application will not be processed.

Applicants must submit an official transcript from the institution awarding their undergraduate degree. If the applicant has previouslytaken graduate courses and would like to have them considered for transfer to a University of Wisconsin-Platteville graduate degree program, the applicant must also provide official transcript(s) from the institution(s) where the graduate credits were earned. The official transcripts must be sent directly from the institution where the course work was completed. 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 degree-seeking 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.

Transfer Credits

The following guidelines apply to transfer credits (both internal and external) 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.