MS Project Management 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 Project Management (MSPM) 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 basis 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. As an alternative, you may submit a scoring report from the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Program admission requires 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 Project Management Degree

  • Complete the online University of Wisconsin System Application for Graduate Admission.
  • Pay the $56.00 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. 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 Project Management 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.  As an alternative, you may submit a scoring report from the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Program admission requires a band-level score of 6 or higher. 

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

Understanding the Project Management Credit Evaluation for Admission Form

Upon admission to the Master of Science in Project Management program, you will receive a Credit Evaluation for Admission Form via postal mail.

The Credit Evaluation for Admission Form indicates which foundation courses you are required to take, which courses require you to complete one or more prerequisites, how many transfer credits you have been awarded, and whether any eligibility restrictions exist for you for any courses.

When a course in the curriculum has a prerequisite, that prerequisite appears indented under the course. The "need" or "met" designation indicates whether you must complete a prerequisite course before taking that graduate course. The form is designed to help you decide which sequence to follow in choosing foundation and core courses, and which electives you are not prepared to take (or what additional type of course may be required to prepare you to take that elective).

The prerequisite of an accounting course for BUSADMIN 5620 Financial Management can be satisfied by either undergraduate accounting coursework or the graduate ACCTING 7000 Managerial Accounting foundation course. Students who have completed undergraduate coursework in accounting have met the prerequisite for Financial Management and may enroll in BUSADMIN 5620 whenever they choose. Students who have not had an accounting course must take an accounting course before taking Financial Management, so they should enroll in ACCTING 7000 first, then BUSADMIN 5620. Otherwise, the foundation courses may be taken in any sequence along with the core and elective courses. Students are strongly encouraged to complete foundation and core coursework before enrolling in elective courses.

PROJMGT 7010 and PROJMGT 7020 form a two-course sequence that covers the ten knowledge areas and five process groups of the Project Management Body of Knowledge. It is usually best to take PROJMGT 7020 immediately after completing PROJMGT 7010.

You may not enroll in elective courses that you took as an undergraduate or for which you have had several years of experience. This is a general requirement of our Graduate School (see number 4 on the front of your credit evaluation sheet). You are not granted graduate credit for them, and you are not allowed to take them.

You will need to earn at least 12 credits of electives. You may choose from among the UW-Platteville courses for which you are eligible and have met the prerequisites. You may also take elective credits at another institution and transfer them in. The option to transfer courses earned elsewhere gives you a lot of flexibility in choosing your electives. If there is a graduate course you would like to take elsewhere, send the course description to your advisor and he/she will let you know whether UW-Platteville can accept it as transfer credits for part of your total program. A maximum of 12 credits for a degree may be transferred.

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