Application Procedures

Graduate Application Information

Application Form. The applicant must complete and sign an application form. To apply online, please review the information at the Graduate School’s Master’s and Doctoral Admission page.

Fees. A $56 state-required application fee and a $40 processing fee are required for all applicants with foreign credentials. You may submit one payment, payable to University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. These fees cannot be waived and are required before your application will be reviewed. Send to:

UWM Graduate School
P.O. Box 340
Milwaukee, WI 53201-0340

Academic Documentation. Original or officially certified copies of all grade reports for all secondary and post-secondary studies, as well as original or officially certified copies of all academic diplomas, certificates, and national or other major examination results. Send to:

UWM Graduate School
P.O. Box 340
Milwaukee, WI 53201-0340

Submit Examination Scores. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are required of all Geography Graduate Applicants.The UWM Institutional Code for the GRE: 1473. An International Students must also report Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Send to:

UWM Graduate School
P.O. Box 340
Milwaukee, WI 53201-0340

Reasons for Graduate Study. All applicants must provide a personal statement discussing reasons for graduate study. The Reasons statement is used to determine the appropriateness of UWM’s programs to your educational and professional goals and serves as an example of your ability to express yourself in writing. Your Reasons statement is an essential part of your application, and your file is not complete until we have received it. Submit two copies of the statement. One copy will be sent to Geography Department; the second copy is retained in our files. Send to:

UWM Graduate School
P.O. Box 340
Milwaukee, WI 53201-0340

Letters of Recommendation. Three confidential letters of recommendation should be sent directly to the Geography Department. The Graduate School does not track the receipt of letters of recommendation. Send letters of recommendation and any additional requirements (portfolio, manuscripts, samples of written work, etc.) to the following address:

Postal Address:
UWM Department of Geography
P.O. Box 413
Milwaukee, WI 53201-0413

Street Address: (for private couriers)
UWM Department of Geography
3210 N. Maryland Ave.
Suite 410
Milwaukee, WI 53211-0413

International Applicants: Instructions and application requirements are significantly different for international applicants. Please contact:

UWM Center for International Education
Phone: (414) 229-4846

Application Status: If you have previously submitted/requested these items, please follow up with your University or our Graduate School Department on the forwarding status of your pending application material at (414) 229-6569 or If you have any other academic questions regarding our Geography Program please contact our Graduate Program Chair Mark Schwartz at 414-229-3740 or via email at

Additional Admission Information

Application Review: Both the Graduate School and Geography Department will review your application for admission. The Graduate School sets minimum admission requirements for applicants to all programs. Minimum requirements for all applicants are a bachelor’s degree and a 2.75 undergraduate grade point average (4.0 scale). The Geography Department will review your application and makes a recommendation on your admission to the Graduate School.

Decision: The Graduate School will make the final decision on your application, based on the Geography Department’s recommendation and Graduate School admission standards. The Graduate School will send you an official written notice of the decision. Any statements about admission (expressed or implied) received from any other source are un-official and not binding.

Grade Point Average for Admissions Purposes: The Graduate School calculates a grade point average on all work up to the awarding of your bachelor’s degree. As this calculation includes letter grades earned for attempts in repeated coursework, and may include work that your degree-granting institution did not accept in transfer, the admissions GPA may be different from the GPA on your transcripts.

Processing Times: On average, it takes ten weeks for the complete process (from submission of the application to decision). Processing times for individual applications vary widely, however, depending on how promptly a file becomes complete and the time required by each graduate program for its review.

Recommended Filing Dates:

Date Additional Information
December 1   December 1st is the due date for all students seeking any forms of financial support from the UWM Graduate School and the Geography Department (e.g., Graduate School Fellowships, and Geography Department Teaching/Project/Research Assistantships).
April 30 Fall Semester Admission WITHOUT funding consideration

Departmental policy is to admit students into degree programs starting in the Fall semester only, because of the inherent disadvantages to students entering the program at other times. Late submission of materials may leave insufficient time for processing the application.

Retention of Application Materials: Admission is applicable only for the semester and program indicated in the Graduate School admission letter. If you were admitted but unable to enroll in the semester of admission, you may request, in writing or by e-mail, that the application be reconsidered for a term within a year following your initial admit decision.

The Graduate School will keep your application materials for one year. If you do not enroll within one year of your admission, your application file materials are discarded. If you are interested in attending after one year, you must complete a new application, pay the application fee, and send us a new set of required material.