Final Semester

Chinese students at formal campus event


Each master’s degree candidate is required to complete a seminar paper. Unlike a thesis, the seminar paper need not be a report of original and independent research. It must demonstrate, however, the student's ability to survey a field of knowledge and assemble, organize, evaluate, interpret, and present evidence in a logical and intelligent manner. Although the seminar paper or educational project may originate from work done in connection with one of the student's graduate courses and be based upon a term paper or course project, it must be more comprehensive and complete in coverage and treatment.

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville School of Graduate Studies maintains a website, Graduate Studies Resources, with useful links to guide graduate students in grammar, style, evaluating web resources and formats.

Checklist for Completion of the Seminar Paper

You will be assigned an individual advisor who will work with you to ensure timely completion of a satisfactory seminar paper.

  1. Prepare a seminar paper proposal. Typically, the proposal includes the following:
    • An approval page to be assigned by the advisor
    • An introduction
    • A statement of the problem
    • Purpose of the study
    • Hypothesis, if applicable
    • Significance or implications of the study
    • Method of approach, if applicable, including data sources, data gathering methods, and likely analysis
    • General plan of organization
  2. If the proposed research involves human subjects, obtain approval (in writing) from the Institutional Review Board for Human Subject Research before the research is initiated. Please see the website of the Institutional Review Board for further information. The process of obtaining approval can be lengthy and sometimes complicated. Plan one semester to one year in advance if you are considering a research project involving human subjects.
  3. Your seminar paper advisor will assist you in submitting the seminar paper proposal with the signed approval page (and approval memo from the Institutional Review Board for Human Subject Research, if applicable) to the School of Graduate Studies Office at UW Platteville.
  4. Prepare the seminar paper with regular meetings or online communications with your seminar paper advisor.
  5. Submit your completed seminar paper to your seminar paper advisor for review.
  6. Your advisor will help you submit electronically to the School of Graduate Studies you completed seminar paper with signature.

Seminar Paper Style and Format

You will be provided with a seminar paper template. Your seminar paper should follow The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.


In order to be eligible to attend UW-Platteville for your final semester of study, you must have achieved an overall grade point average of "B" or higher (3.00 or higher, on a 4.00 scale) and have completed all courses offered. That is, you must not have a grade of Incomplete in any of the classes already offered in Wuhan.


1. Application Documents 

The following documents should be submitted to Dr. Yuanyuan Hu, Program Coordinator, by the second Monday of September.

You must present documentation of your ability to meet all financial obligations, verified in U.S. dollars, for the duration of your study at UW-Platteville. Please note that the additional costs for studying at UW-Platteville (excluding airfare) can only be paid in three ways: cash in U.S. dollars, debit card with sufficient funds deposited, or credit card with sufficient money in account.

2. Additional Documents 

Once Dr. Yuanyuan Hu receives items 1 and 2, she will review and forward them to the Director of Graduate Studies, Dr. Chanaka Mendis, who will arrange the following material to be added to the student's file:

  • Letter of Recommendation: The Director of Graduate Studies will provide a letter of recommendation for you as long as you have achieved a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or higher (B average), have completed all course requirements, and do not have any incompletes on your record from previous semesters in the program. 
  • Academic Records: The Office of Graduate Studies will provide a copy of your transcript of grades for the MSE/English Education program.
  • Evidence of English Proficiency: The Director of Graduate Studies will include a statement regarding your English proficiency in his letter of recommendation.
  • Invitation Letter: UW-Platteville will provide a letter of invitation for your visa application.

3. DS-2019 Form

Once your completed application packet has been reviewed by the International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) office at UW-Platteville, your DS-2019 form, which is required for your visa application, will be issued and sent to Ms. Nan Li (Nancy). All students who are issued a DS-2019 will be contacted by Ms. Li (Nancy) about the visa application process.

Health Insurance

It is mandatory that all international students secure health insurance while attending school at UW-Platteville. The only health insurance plan that has been approved is through Student Assurance Services (SAS). UW-Platteville will request health insurance coverage for you. 

Upon approval to attend UW-Platteville for the final semester, you will be issued an international student medical insurance identification card, which will be attached to your DS-2019 form. You will be billed for the cost of the insurance upon your arrival. You may be required to show proof of health insurance coverage as a part of your visa interview at the U.S. Embassy/Consulate. Be sure to take this card to the interview.


Ms. Nan Li (Nancy) will meet with all students who have been issued a DS-2019 form and will explain in more detail the various steps involved in the process of applying for a U.S. visa. UW-Platteville will provide letters of invitation, and we will do everything we can to support academically qualified students in their efforts to obtain a visa for their final semester of study. We will also keep the U.S. Embassy in Beijing informed of the nature of our program. It must be emphasized, however, that the decision on issuance of a visa rests entirely with the U.S. Embassy and Consulate officials. We can make no guarantee that a U.S. visa will be granted, but we pledge to be a strong advocate on your behalf. While we can make no guarantees, our students were 100 percent successful in obtaining visas — all academically qualified students who wished to come to the U.S. and who completed the visa process in a timely manner were issued visas. In rare cases, however, students had to go to the U.S. Embassy/Consulate a second time before the visa was finally granted.

Ms. Nan Li (Nancy) will meet with all the students who have been issued a DS-2019 form and will explain in more detail the various steps involved in the process of applying for a U.S. visa. She will also discuss with you the details about arranging for your visa application interview along with other forms your will need to complete and fees you will need to pay to the U.S. Embassy Consulate. 

You will also be provided with a visa interview checklist. Some sample helpful information or documents for your visa interview are as follows:

  • Currently employed in a professional position, guaranteed or offered a position upon completion of the program, or demonstrating a strong likelihood of promotion to an even better job upon your return
  • long history of being employed
  • Owning property/real estate in China
  • Owning or operating a business or school in China
  • Spouse and/or children remaining in China
  • Significantly enhanced opportunities in China upon return
  • Previous international travel and return to China
  • Sufficient funds in bank, deposited long in advance

A common error of some visa applicants is waiting too long to put enough money into their bank accounts to show they can afford study abroad. If you hope to come to the U.S. for your final semester, the more money you can maintain in a bank account and the earlier you can do so, the better your chances of obtaining a visa. Officials are very suspicious when such funds appear in an applicant’s bank account only a few months prior to applying for a visa. Ideally, you should try to put money into an account at least 1-1½ years before you actually apply for a visa. If possible, include sufficient funds to cover the costs for food, housing, health insurance, spending money while in the U.S., and your international airfare between China and the U.S.

Graduation Ceremony

The graduation ceremony is a time for you, your family, and friends to celebrate your accomplishments and the completion of your Master of Science in Education/English Education degree. The ceremony is held on the campus of South Central University for Nationalities in Wuhan and is a very colorful and joyous event. The degree ceremony will be held in June. Specific details on the time, date, and location of this event will be announced during your final semester of study.

The chancellor or the Dean of Graduate Studies at UW-Platteville will confer your degree, along with the head administrative officers of South Central University for Nationalities. At this ceremony, you will be presented with the Master of Science in Education/English Education degree as well as the diploma and transcript attesting to your completion of studies. It is the policy of UW-Platteville that students must attend the degree ceremony in China for the degree to be conferred.

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