MS Distance Education Leadership Admission

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ATTENTION APPLICANTS! To ensure the completion of the admission process before the next online registration period, submit your completed application and supporting materials by the following dates. Questions? Contact the Distance Learning Center.

Spring: December 1
Summer: April 15
Fall: July 15

Admission Information

Although the Master of Science in Distance Education Leadership (MSDEL) program requires no entrance exam, such as the GRE or GMAT, the admissions requirements for the program are challenging. To be considered for full admission, you must

  • Have earned a bachelor’s degree from a regionally or nationally accredited institution that meets UW-System standards and is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). International degrees are evaluated on an individual basis.
  • Have a cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 or above, or 2.90 for the last 60 credits taken at your degree-granting institution. If you do not qualify for admission in full standing, you may be admitted on a trial enrollment if recommended by the admitting department and approved by the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies.
  • Provide a copy of your Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL® Test) scoring report if English is not your native language. Program admission requires a minimum score of 500 for the paper-based exam, 173 for the computer-based exam, or 61 for the Internet-based exam. If you prefer, you may also submit scores from the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) you must have a band-level score of 6 or higher. 

You may also apply as a Special Student.

Admission Procedures for Pursuing the Master of Science in Distance Education Leadership Degree

  • Complete the online University of Wisconsin System Application for Graduate Admission.
  • Pay the $56 application fee at our secure online site or mail a check payable to University of Wisconsin-Platteville to:
    Distance Learning Center
    University of Wisconsin-Platteville
    1 University Plaza
    Platteville WI 53818-3099
  • Request an official transcript be sent directly from your undergraduate degree-granting institution to the Distance Learning Center at the address above, using the Transcript Request Form. We cannot accept or evaluate unofficial transcripts. Official transcripts must be sent directly from the institution(s) where the course work was completed. Your application is not complete until we receive your transcript(s). All transcripts become the property of the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.
  • Provide official transcripts for any previously earned graduate credits to be considered for transfer.
  • E-mail a detailed employment résumé to the MS Distance Education Leadership Outreach Specialist at: disted@uwplatt.edu.
  • You may be contacted for additional information to support your admission.
  • International applicants will follow a slightly modified procedure.

Upon acceptance, an advisor will contact you to discuss an academic plan. Following this consultation, you may register for courses online.

Single Course Enrollment

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 a Special Student. You will receive academic credit for courses taken while on this status. You can be considered for admission into a degree program if you maintain a 3.00 grade point average in all graduate-level work and all other admission requirements are met. With the program area advisor’s approval, you may transfer up to 12 credits earned at UW-Platteville into a degree program. All graduate-level work will be included in computing your academic average.

You may go directly to registration to register for online graduate courses.

International Students

If you earned your bachelor’s degree outside the United States, you must request that your academic records (called transcripts in the U.S.) be sent directly to the Distance Learning Center from the issuing institution, along with a translated copy if they are not in English. Any records received become a part of your permanent student record at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and cannot be released. International transcripts are subject to a course-by-course evaluation. UW-Platteville has approved Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE) to complete this evaluation. ECE requires official transcripts/academic records to complete the evaluation.

If you attended a school outside the United States, follow these procedures:

  1. Request official transcript(s) from the institution(s) where you earned your degree(s), including a translated copy if your transcript is not in English.*
  2. Go to the ECE website and click “Apply Now.” Use “Catalog Match” for your report option.
  3. Pay all fees associated with setting up an account.

    * Neither UW-Platteville nor ECE provide translation services. You are responsible for providing a translated copy of your transcript.

In addition to filing the standard application for admission with official transcript(s) translated in English, you must provide a copy of your Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL® Test) score to the Distance Learning Center. A minimum score of 500 for the paper-based exam, 173 for the computer-based exam, or 61 for the internet-based TOEFL is required of all international students whose native language is not English.

International students may request a waiver of the TOEFL requirement by submitting acceptable justification. The waiver request should include your name, daytime phone number, and desired program of study. Send requests directly to the Dean of Graduate Studies:

Dominic Barraclough
Director, School of Graduate Studies
University of Wisconsin-Platteville
1 University Plaza
Platteville, WI 53818-3099
USA
barracld@uwplatt.edu
Phone: 608.342.1262

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