Access every aspect of your UW-Platteville education from the comfort of your home or any other location convenient for you. Our online programs allow you to earn your degree or simply take a few classes to achieve your personal and academic goals at your own pace to fit your busy lifestyle.

To ensure an admission decision for the desired semester, please submit your completed application and supporting materials by the following dates.

Entry Term Recommended Deadline
Fall July 15
Spring December 1
Summer April 15

Admission Guidelines

We're looking for students who meet these admission requirements:
Have graduated from a recognized high school and have completed high school coursework required by the University of Wisconsin-Platteville at the time of graduation or have a general equivalency diploma (HSED/GED) with the required scores from the appropriate state department of public instruction or its equivalent.

Have a minimum of 17 college preparatory credits distributed as follows:

Subject Units
English 4
Mathematics (must include at least one credit of algebra and the equivalent of one credit of geometry) 3
Social Science 3
Natural Science (no labs required) 3
Electives (foreign language, fine arts, computer science, or other academic areas) 4

For students under the age of 22, take the American College Test (ACT) or Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). The ACT or SAT scores must be received by campus before you will be permitted to register for classes.

*The requirements listed are for the current academic school year. Admission requirements will vary based on the year the applicant graduated from high school. New freshman are likely to be admitted to UW-Platteville if they complete the 17 college preparatory units and rank in the top 75 percent of their class.

Have a minimum of 17 college preparatory credits distributed as follows:

Subject Units
English 4
Mathematics (Algebra or higher) 3
Social Science 3
Natural Science (2 must include lab experience) 3
Courses from above academic areas, foreign language, fine arts,
computer science or courses in vocational areas
4

Rank / ACT Score: Top 50 percent of graduating class or ACT composite of 22 (1110 SAT score). Currently, the writing component for each exam is not required. This requirement is waived for prospective students age 22 and older.

*The requirements listed are for the current academic school year. Admission requirements will vary based on the year the applicant graduated from high school.

Applicants who have not graduated from a recognized high school must provide evidence of satisfactory completion of the requirements for a high school equivalency certificate or a diploma (HSED) from a recognized high school, school system or state department of public instruction based on a Graduation Equivalency Diploma (GED) examination and other established criteria.

To be considered for admission, home-schooled students must provide official transcripts from school(s) attended, a transcript of courses taken at home and grades signed by the individual providing the education verifying the curriculum, an official ACT or SAT score, and any other information related to the student’s education.

Courses taken in the home school curriculum would be considered for admission purposes only. No credit will be given for university degree requirements unless one of the following applies:

  • High school courses are completed through an accredited high school, college or university.
  • The student successfully passes and completes a recognized exam program (i.e. CLEP)

If you do not meet the traditional admission requirements at the time of your graduation from high school, you may be considered for admission on an individual basis.

Transfer students that apply for admission must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0, plus good standing at the university most recently attended. If the GPA is less than 2.0, you will be considered for admission if more than five years have elapsed since the last attended school or two years if the last school you attended was UW-Platteville. You may petition in writing for an exception to the required five-year lapse of time. If you were on probation at the last institution that you attended, five years must have elapsed since the probationary status or two years if the last school you attended was UW-Platteville.

To be considered for admission, must demonstrate proficiency in English by taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL® Test) score to the Center for Distance Learning. A minimum score of 64 for the internet-based TOEFL is required of all international students whose native language is not English. If you have taken the TOEFL, you must request official evidence be sent from the testing agency directly to the Center for Distance Learning, indicating the date on which you took the examination and your score.

You may be excused from taking the TOEFL if you have demonstrated competence in English through courses taken at such institutions and have earned grades of B or higher in English composition courses and speech or two English composition courses. As an alternative, you may submit scores from the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). You must have a band-level score of 5.5 or higher.

SUB-SCORE MINIMUM TOEFL iBT
(internet-based)
IELTS
Reading 15 5.0
Listening 15 5.0
Speaking 17 5.0
Writing 17 5.0
TOTAL COMPOSITE MINIMUM 64 5.5

Application Process

To apply to UW-Platteville as an undergraduate student pursuing a degree online, please submit the following:

  • UW System Application
    • Be sure to select the online selection for the undergraduate degree
  • $25 application fee (summer 2020 and beyond)
  • High school transcripts, GED or HSED
  • Any additional requested documents

Your official transcripts must be submitted directly to UW-Platteville from the issuing institution. Transcripts can be mailed to:

Center for Distance Learning
University of Wisconsin-Platteville
1 University Plaza
Platteville, WI 53818

If you have questions at any time, please contact the Center for Distance Learning at 608.342.1468 or disted@uwplatt.edu.

Admission Guidelines

Although the master’s program requires no entrance exam, such as the GRE or GMAT, some programs may have specific admission requirements. To be considered for 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), and have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 (2.90 on the last 60 credits from the degree granting institution). International degrees are evaluated on an individual basis.

To be eligible for admission in full standing, a student must have an overall undergraduate grade point average of 2.75 or above; or 2.90 on the last 60 credits from the degree-granting institution. Students not meeting those requirements, or who possess a bachelor’s degree in a non-related field, but who meet one of the requirements listed below may be considered for full standing through an extended review of their application material.

  • Graduate course work with a GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Undergraduate degree GPA of 2.50 to 2.75
  • Bachelor's degree earned more than five years before date of application

Students who do not qualify for admission in full standing may be admitted on trial enrollment. Trial enrollment admission status is to be used only in extraordinary cases. Admission as a trial enrollee must be justified by the admitting department and approved by the dean of the School of Graduate Studies.

You may also apply as a special student. See Single Course Enrollment below for details.

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 Center for Distance Learning 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) or World Education Services (WES) to complete this evaluation. ECE or WES 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. Neither UW-Platteville nor ECE provide translation services. You are responsible for providing a translated copy of your transcript.
  2. Go to the ECE or WES website and click Apply Now. Use Course by Course for your report option.
  3. Pay all fees associated with setting up an account.

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 Center for Distance Learning. 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 6.5 or higher with a minimum of 6.0 in each sub score.

An Official TOEFL Score that meets one of the following minimum requirements:

Test Date Taken Total Minimum Score Subject Area Minimum Requirement
Paper-Based Test Prior to October 2017 550 N/A
Paper-Based Test October 2017 or after N/A Must meet or exceed all subject minimums:
Reading (20)
Listening (20)
Writing (22)
Internet-Based Test All 80 AND must meet minimums for all subject areas as noted to the right Must meet or exceed all subject minimums:
Reading (20)
Listening (20)
Speaking (18)
Writing (22)

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 to:

Center for Distance Learning
University of Wisconsin-Platteville
1 University Plaza
Platteville, WI 53818

Application Process

To apply to UW-Platteville as a graduate student pursuing a degree online, please submit the following:

  • UW System Application
  • $56 application fee
  • Transcripts from your undergraduate degree-granting institution
  • Transcripts for any previously earned graduate credits to be considered for transfer
  • Résumé emailed to disted@uwplatt.edu

Your official transcripts must be submitted directly to UW-Platteville from the issuing institution. Transcripts can be mailed to:

Center for Distance Learning
University of Wisconsin-Platteville
1 University Plaza
Platteville, WI 53818

If you have questions at any time, please call 608.342.1468 or email us at disted@uwplatt.edu.

Specific Program Requirements

Students who have met university admission guidelines, please note there may be additional admission requirements for specific graduate programs.

Requires a minimum grade point average of 3.0. Additionally, applicants must have two semesters of college-level lab coursework in biology and/or chemistry. Applicants must provide two letters of recommendation and a personal statement.

Coursework in computer science with a programming emphasis and a calculus or statistics course is required. Applications must provide two letters of recommendation and a personal statement.

Requires a bachelor's degree in engineering or a related field from a regionally or nationally accredited institution.

Requires a minimum grade point average of 3.0. Additionally, coursework in elementary statistics, medical terminology, and oral communication/public speaking is required. Applicants must provide two letters of recommendation and a personal statement.

Requires a bachelor's degree in business administration, industrial technology management, industrial engineering, or a related field from a regionally or nationally accredited institution OR a baccalaureate degree (not identified above) from a regionally or nationally accredited institution and demonstrate extensive experience in one of the areas of emphasis.

Not ready to enroll in a degree program? You can enroll as a Special Student for single course enrollment. You may enroll in a single course rather than a full degree for personal enrichment, to apply toward a certificate, if you plan on transferring the course to another institution, or if you want to start a course(s) while the admission process is completed.

As a special student you

  • Can enroll in a maximum of 12 credits.
  • Must meet prerequisites for courses. You may be asked to provide an unofficial transcript to show prerequisites.
  • Are not obligated to follow specific degree requirements.
  • Are not eligible for financial aid.
  • May be admitted to a degree program after completing the admission process and any in-progress coursework. Check program requirements for more information.

Undergraduate

To enroll for a single undergraduate course review the complete list of online and print-based course offerings and complete the Special Student Application.

Graduate

You may register as a Special Student and receive academic credit for courses taken while at this status if you have earned a bachelor’s degree from a nationally or regionally accredited institution recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

To enroll for a single graduate course review the complete list of online course offerings and complete the Special Student Application.    

UW-Platteville Campus Students

If you are a current UW-Platteville campus student, stop in the Center for Distance Learning in 2100 Ullsvik or see our campus borrow process page for more information.