Application Process

Applicants to the Certificate program must have completed a baccalaureate degree with a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.75. Applications are accepted and reviewed throughout the year, so you can begin coursework for the certificate in the fall, spring, or summer.


  1. Complete the University of Wisconsin – Online Admission Application and pay the application fee. Have an official transcript from the institution where you completed your highest degree sent to:

    UW-Milwaukee Graduate School,
    P.O. Box 340,
    Milwaukee, WI

  2. Submit supplemental materials to Alessandra (Alex) Gillen at
    • Two letters of recommendation
      • We especially welcome letters from instructors and current and past employers.
    • A writing sample
      • We welcome samples from work, school, volunteer projects, and other venues where you have done excellent writing. We also welcome documentation that you created from scratch just for this application. We want to see that you are a clear and effective communicator.
    • A statement of purpose
      • We are most interested in hearing about your history and background, career interests and goals, and how you see our program contributing to those goals.
    • Unofficial transcripts
      • Please provide an unofficial transcript from each undergraduate and graduate institution attended.
  3. Contact Alex Gillen to check if your file is complete.
  4. Apply for Student Non-Degree Status. You can do this before acceptance into the program; no need to do this after acceptance.

Tuition and financial aid information