Test Scores for Graduate Level English Proficiency Requirement

At the graduate studies level, there are three levels of English proficiency: Regular Admission, Dual Admission (Admission with English Deficiency), and Conditional Admission. UWM accepts as evidence of English proficiency TOEFL IBT, IELTS, and Cambridge English: Advanced, and Cambridge English: Proficiency.  All tests cover the same skills and applicants may submit results from whichever test they choose to take.

Please note, the scores on this website are the minimum to be considered for admission.  Individual graduate programs may require higher scores for admission.  Please refer to the program’s website to see whether higher scores are required.

Full

Full admission: Students admitted in this category are eligible to enroll in full-time academic coursework.

TOEFL IBT 79 – 120
IELTS 6.5 – 9.0
Cambridge English: Advanced / Cambridge English: Proficiency C1 level or higher
  • Scores may not be older than two years from the date of application
  • If submitting TOEFL, applicants must send scores from ETS electronically.
    • UWM’s school code for TOEFL is 1473
  • If submitting IELTS, applicants must upload a scan or image of their score report in the UWM Panthera Graduate Admission Application system

Dual

Dual admission (also referred to by the UWM Graduate School as admission with English deficiency):

TOEFL IBT 68 – 78
IELTS 6.0
Cambridge English: Advanced / Cambridge English: Proficiency B2 level
  • Scores may not be older than two years from the date of application
  • If submitting TOEFL, applicants must send scores from ETS electronically.
    • UWM’s school code for TOEFL is 1473
  • If submitting IELTS, applicants must upload a scan or image of their score report in the UWM Panthera Graduate Admission Application system

Conditions of enrollment and requirements to gain full admission for students with dual admission

Students admitted in this category are eligible to enroll in six credits of academic coursework and are also required to enroll in English for Academic Purposes (EAP) coursework. You must demonstrate full English language proficiency within three semesters of initial enrollment at UWM by one of the following:

  • submitting a TOEFL, IELTS, or CAE/CPE score that meets the score range (or higher score if required for a specific degree program) for full admission; or,
  • Achieving a CEFR level of C1 (or higher level if required for a specific degree program) through assessment of a portfolio that includes the following:
    • a grade of B or better in EAP 420 and passing the impromptu writing sample; or,
    • a grade of B or better in EAP 435 and passing a speaking test.

Conditional

Conditional admission:

Not every graduate program considers applicants for conditional admission, so applicants seeking conditional admission should contact the Graduate Program Representative of their respective program to inquire whether the program considers applicants for conditional admission.

Additionally, if an applicant has no TOELF score or no IELTS score and wants to be considered for conditional admission, the applicant must contact the Graduate Program Representative to request approval to apply for conditional admission.  If the program representative approves the applicant’s request, the approval will be noted on the applicant’s application record.

TOEFL IBT 0 – 67
IELTS 0 – 5.5
Cambridge English: Advanced / Cambridge English: Proficiency Below B2 level
  • Scores may not be older than two years from the date of application
  • If submitting TOEFL, applicants must send scores from ETS electronically.
    • UWM’s school code for TOEFL is 1473
  • If submitting IELTS, applicants must upload a scan or image of their score report in the UWM Panthera Graduate Admission Application system

Conditions of enrollment and requirements to gain dual admission for students with conditional admission

Students with conditional admission are required to enroll full-time in the UWM Intensive English Program. Additionally, conditionally admitted students may not enroll in academic coursework or hold a graduate assistantship position. Students with conditional admission must achieve at least a CEFR B2 level within 2 semesters of initial enrollment.at UWM through one of the following:

  • presenting a new official TOEFL, IELTS, or CAE/CPE score that meets the English proficiency requirement for dual admission for the program of the student; or,
  • achieving a CEFR level of B2 through portfolio assessment after completion of at least one semester in the UWM Intensive English Program

Teaching Assistants

The Milwaukee International Teaching Assistant Assessment (MITAA) is an assessment of spoken English that is required for international students who are appointed as Teaching Assistants, unless the student has submitted official scores from one of the tests as follows:

  • 23 or better on the speaking section of the TOEFL IBT
  • 7.0 or better on the speaking section of the IELTS
  • 185 or better on the speaking paper of the CAE or CPE

*The test must have been taken within the previous two years of the application date.

For more information about taking the MITAA, please refer to the UWM Intensive English Program website.