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Accounting

Major

Accountants gather, organize and analyze financial information, assess performance and efficiency and suggest improvements for their clients. Accountants are needed in small and large companies, as well as nonprofits. Advancements in technology, evolving accounting rules and regulations and rapid globalization promise abundant and interesting career opportunities.

Actuarial Science

Major, Minor

Actuaries help individuals, businesses and society manage risk by evaluating the likelihood of future events and creating plans to reduce their financial or emotional impact. The Society of Actuaries named UWM’s program a Center of Actuarial Excellence, one of only 16 universities in the U.S. with this mark of distinction.

Administrative Leadership

Master's, Online

Educational leaders meet a variety of learning needs to transform students’ lives. Graduates lead in elementary, secondary, post-secondary, health, online education, and more by connecting theory with their practice. The program has three concentrations: K-12 educational administration, adult and continuing education leadership and higher education administration.

Administrative Leadership Specialist

Certificate

Advanced Computational Imaging

Certificate

African and African Diaspora Studies

Major, Minor, Doctoral

This major examines the cultures, societies and political economies of people of African descent worldwide. Topics include history, literature, political science, economics, education, and media. The knowledge and skills gained apply to professions in healthcare, education, journalism, social work, law and justice, business, public policy, and arts.

American Indian Studies

Certificate

American Indian Studies incorporates a blend of courses covering anthropology, history, literature, language and sociology all focused on the experiences, culture and languages of the native peoples of the Americas. We are the only UW campus to offer three full years of the Anishinaabe (Ojibwe) language.

Ancient Mediterranean Studies

Certificate

Enrollment in this program closes after the Summer 2018 term.

Anthropology

Major, Minor, Master's, Doctoral

Anthropologists study people and cultures, past and present. Field work and hands-on experience are important parts of the program. An understanding of human organization, communication, and behavior can lead to careers in government service, business, education, marketing, nonprofit administration, cultural resource management, and more.

Applied Computing

Major

Complete your bachelor's degree in an in-demand field with this online program. You'll perform programming, software engineering, graphic applications, networking and operating systems management while developing business communications, ethics and project management skills.

Applied Data Analysis Using SAS

Certificate

Applied Gerontology

Certificate

Applied Mathematics & Computer Science

Major

Students in AMCS break problems into key elements, use computers for analysis and develop practical solutions. The program blends math and programming coursework with the liberal arts, providing graduates with both technical aptitude and strong people skills. This is a joint degree from the colleges of Engineering and Letters & Science.

Applied Urban Aquaculture

Certificate

Arabic Language and Literature

Minor

Arabic is one of the main languages of the Middle East and North Africa. Its influence is felt in other languages such as Urdu and Kurdish, and it is the language of the Quran. It is the fifth most common language in the world with more than 375 million native speakers and is an official language of the U.N. Arabic fluency is in high demand in today’s global marketplace.

Architectural Studies

Major, Minor

Architectural studies is a four-year pre-professional degree program that prepares students for graduate studies in architecture and related design fields. Students accrue skills in architectural thinking, design, visualization, fabrication, prototyping and simulation. The program lays a foundation of unique problem-solving skills empowering students to change the world.

Architecture

Master's, Doctoral

Masters and doctoral students interrogate the built environment with a passionate commitment to tectonics and culture complemented and challenged by many avenues of experimentation and research that confront professional norms. Students embrace alternative urban practices by speculating on thermodynamic form, cultural geography, prototyping and new ecological landscapes.

Archives and Records Administration, Advanced Study

Certificate, Online

Art and Design

Major, Minor, Master's

Developing creative thinkers, artist professionals and cultural leaders through a cross-disciplinary curriculum that balances innovation, traditional craftsmanship, critical thinking and scholarly civic engagement. Committed to Milwaukee’s diverse urban communities, our programs emphasize activism within the arts.

Art Education

Major, Master's

Through theoretical and practical examination of elementary and secondary schools and community-based learning settings, our program prepares students to be successful candidates for K-12 art teacher licensure in the state of Wisconsin. We proudly place 100% of our degree-seeking students into classrooms upon graduation.

Art History

Major, Minor, Master's

Art History students explore Western and Non-Western art in all forms and across all time periods. Art’s impact and influence, past and present, are explored through courses covering architecture, religion, politics, economics, cinema and journalism. Graduates go on to various roles at museums, libraries, schools, galleries, design firms and non-profit agencies.

Arts and Sciences

Associate's

An associate degree fulfills the UW System’s general education requirements, allowing you to concentrate on your major in your junior and senior years. It provides a two-year, liberal arts-based general education with courses in fine arts and humanities, mathematical and natural sciences and social sciences. Available at UWM at Washington County and Waukesha campuses.

Arts and Social Entrepreneurship

Certificate

This certificate prepares students to become community leaders and engage with social challenges in a productive and sustainable way. The curriculum's multidisciplinary approach creates a mechanism for students to work together across departments and schools, and prepares them for careers in community and civic leadership at non-profits or governmental agencies.

Arts Learning and Integration

Certificate

A multidisciplinary certificate with an emphasis on project based learning designed for students who wish to complement their major in any teacher certification program at UWM, but especially for Early Childhood Education, Middle Childhood/Early Adolescence Education, as well as Art, Music, Dance, or Theatre Education.

Asian Studies

Certificate

Assistive Technology and Accessible Design

Certificate, Online

Athletic Training

Master's

The Kinesiology Department offers an Athletic Training MS, a professional degree accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Athletic Training Education, that prepares students to become certified athletic trainers. Students are trained in interprofessional and clinical practice. Active learning experiences prepare them for careers in patient/client-centered care.

Atmospheric Sciences

Major, Minor, Master's, Doctoral

Atmospheric Science, or meteorology, features small class sizes and ample opportunities for hands-on experience in forecasting, risk assessment, research and communication. The program prepares students for careers that rely heavily on data, analytics and decision support.

Autism Spectrum Disorders

Certificate

Biochemistry

Major, Master's, Doctoral

Biochemistry focuses on the application of chemical principles to the investigation of life processes. Biochemists work in a wide range of careers in academic institutions, pharmaceutical, medical and biotechnology industries, and government. Biochemistry also prepares students for professional schools in healthcare (including pre-medicine, pre-vet and pre-pharmacy).

Biological Sciences

Major, Minor, Master's, Doctoral

Biology is the study of life – human, plant, animal. It is a popular choice for students preparing for careers in healthcare, agriculture, environmental care, food processing, manufacturing, product development, biotech, and more. Students can take a broad curriculum or focus on cell and molecular biology, microbiology, or industrial fermentation.

Biomedical and Health Informatics

Doctoral

Study medical science and information technology to improve healthcare delivery, research and education. Informatics professionals work at hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, software companies, public health organizations, insurance companies and in academia. Specialize in health services management, information systems, medical imaging or public health, among others.

Biomedical Engineering

Major

Biomedical engineers apply engineering principles to the health care field, improving people’s health and well-being. They design assistive, diagnostic, and therapeutic devices or even lasers for surgery. Biomedical engineers collaborate with health care professionals in research labs, hospitals and industry. Many launch startups in this fast-growing field.

Biomedical Sciences

Major, Master's, Online

Medical tests are critical to the accurate detection, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases, and so are the scientists who perform them. If you enjoy science and its practical application, a degree in biomedical sciences could be for you. This diverse program offers laboratory and diagnostic imaging sub-majors, as well as degree completion and UW flexible option sub-majors.

Blood Banking/Immunohematology

Certificate

Business Analytics

Certificate, Online

Business analytics – the management, analysis, and use of data in strategic, operational, and tactical decision making – is identified by executives as a top priority as businesses around the world seek out new areas of competitive advantage. This certificate develops cross-disciplinary expertise in information technology management, business statistics, and marketing.

Business and Technical Communications

Certificate, Online

Celtic Studies

Certificate

Chamber Music Performance

Certificate

From traditional to contemporary works composed for duos to larger ensembles, this unique program includes a combination of weekly masterclasses, coaching, and private lessons as well as financial and facility support. Students enjoy dedicated rehearsal and office spaces, professional mentorship, and contest travel finances in addition to generous fellowships.

Chemistry

Major, Minor, Master's, Doctoral

A foundational science, chemistry prepares students for a wide range of careers in industry, professional schools and graduate programs including research and development, forensics, manufacturing, engineering, conservation, medicine, and more. Research experience is critical and abundant to all UWM students in areas such as drug discovery, nanomaterials, synthesis, etc

Childhood & Adolescence Studies

Certificate

Children’s Mental Health, for School Professionals

Certificate, Online

Chinese

Minor, Program of Study

Mandarin Chinese is spoken by 1.4 billion people worldwide and is one of the 6 official languages of the United Nations. The language and literature, art and finance, history and foreign policy, and business and interpersonal norms that make up Chinese culture are explored in this program. Study-abroad opportunities and student clubs round out this program’s features.

Civil Engineering

Major

Civil engineers improve infrastructure: roads, bridges and public utilities. Prepare for a career in government or the private sector by specializing in geotechnical, structural, transportation and municipal, or water and environmental engineering. Research alongside faculty on the leading-edge of infrastructure innovation in this ABET-accredited program.

Classics

Major, Minor

The study of the ancient civilizations of Greece and Rome has applications to today – it is an excellent preparation for graduate programs in history, archaeology, literature, law, medicine and religion. Three tracks are available: classical civilization, ancient Greek language and literature, or Latin language and literature.

Clinical Nurse Specialist

Certificate

Committee Interdisciplinary Major

Major

Students who don't identify with a traditional major can consider a Committee Interdisciplinary Major (CIM). A CIM is organized around a narrowly-defined theme with coursework taken from at least two different departments. A three-member faculty committee works with the student to approve course selections as relevant to the theme and to design an appropriate capstone.

Communication

Major, Master's, Doctoral, Online

The study of communication examines how language is used to generate meanings within and across various contexts, cultures, and media. The mission of the Department of Communication is to provide students with education in the theory, history, ethics and practice of communication and to prepare them for careers and leadership in a wide variety of professions.

Communication Sciences & Disorders

Major, Master's

The communication sciences and disorders program prepares students to become speech-language pathologists or audiologists whose evaluation and treatment helps clients and their families live with communication disorders. Lab research, clinical placement and other hands-on learning opportunities enhance students’ career preparation

Community Arts

Certificate

Focused on art and community-engagement, community cultural development, and the pursuit of social and environmental justice, students learn through arts partnerships with a variety of community institutions and grassroots organizations, while preparing each to become agents of change through their art.

Community Engagement & Education

Major, Online

Learn strategies for management, leadership and entrepreneurship, leading to positions in community-based organizations, child care, foster care agencies and government. Examine the causes of social inequality and explore solutions. Focus on a range of areas: alternative education, child and family services, community-based organizations, youth work and more.

Community Leadership

Certificate

Comparative Ethnic Studies

Program of Study

Social justice is the central theme of this program. Students explore racial and ethnic identities, their historical context, and how they shape contemporary culture, society, and public policy both within the U.S. and abroad. An internship is required and current research foci are in immigrant rights, urbanism, race relations, and refugee migration.

Comparative Literature

Major, Minor

Comparative Literature is the study of world literature, media and the arts. Internationally focused courses provide training in global perspectives and critical analysis that prepare students to be culturally dexterous citizens of the world with flexible career options. Language of instruction is English; majors can take language and other courses outside the program.

Computer Engineering

Major

Apply electrical engineering and computer science to hardware and software design, implementation and maintenance. Develop technical understanding of computers through mathematics and engineering. Use that knowledge to design networks and computerized equipment. Prevalent smart technologies increase computer engineers’ career opportunities. This program is ABET-accredited.

Computer Science

Major, Minor, Master's

Study and design computer systems, networks, software, programming languages, algorithms and more. Computer scientists work as software engineers, game and app developers, systems integration consultants and IT managers. Computer science is a rapidly growing field. The undergraduate program is ABET-accredited.

Conservation & Environmental Science

Major

UWM’s broad Conservation & Natural Resources track covers all aspects of the environment – land, biodiversity, GIS applications, policy and environmental interpretation. Or, students can opt for a Water Resources track focusing on the science of water distribution, supply, quality and ecological functions. Graduates work in labs, public programming, and administration.

Counseling

Minor

Counselors help individuals resolve personal and social problems. The Counseling minor is designed for undergraduate students interested in careers in professional psychology or related fields such as school counseling, rehabilitation counseling, mental health counseling, social work, nursing, and allied health professions.

Criminal Justice

Major, Minor, Master's

Study the criminal justice system through legal and political lenses, examining the nature, causes and impact of crime. Students learn through courses taught by experienced faculty, and in fieldwork opportunities, to improve their listening, speaking, writing, analytical and evaluative skills. They graduate prepared to work in law enforcement, corrections and the courts.

Cultural Foundations of Community Engagement & Education

Master's, Online

Examine social forces affecting urban schools and communities. Gain the knowledge necessary to develop creative solutions grounded in research. Learn skills for policy and leadership in community-based organizations, strategies for community engagement and service learning, and explore topics ranging from gender and race relations, to youth work and alternative education.

Cultures and Communities

Certificate

Curriculum & Instruction

Master's, Online

One of the state’s leading teacher preparation programs, Curriculum & Instruction features experienced educators, research-based practices and multiple tracks depending on students’ career goals. Majors are connected to a network of 150+ schools and community partners where they apply what they learn. Choose from ten teacher certification and non-certification programs.

Dance

Major, Minor, Master's

Committed to the development of dance artists and educators in their pursuit of a comprehensive education built upon diverse practices, research and community engagement. Our innovative curriculum integrates multiple disciplines and somatic practices, creating a learning environment that prioritizes a balance of body and mind knowledge with informed, creative expression.

Death Investigation

Certificate

Digital Arts and Culture

Program of Study, Certificate, Online

Technology is rapidly changing as is its impact on all types of industries and on our culture. The DAC program is at the forefront of the intersection of art and design, global communication theory, social media, marketing, journalism and social sciences. Coursework covers all of these areas, and students can customize electives around their particular interests.

Digital Fabrication and Design

Certificate

Our program is devoted to a simple goal, to move the art and technology of Craft forward by building on the past. By blending traditional hand crafted artistry with cutting edge technology, our students become artists with the hands of a craftsman, the mind of an engineer, and the imagination of a dreamer.

Digital Libraries, Advanced Study

Certificate, Online

Doctor of Nursing Practice

Doctoral, Online

The highest possible degree in advanced practice, the DNP instills in graduates the knowledge and leadership skills for clinical leadership roles influencing and improving clinical care delivery, patient outcomes and system management in many settings. UWM offers two entries to the DNP program: BS to DNP, students can choose one of four specialties, or the online MS to DNP

Economics

Major, Minor, Master's, Doctoral

Economics is about human and organizational decision-making. Applying theories and models to real-world data, students focus on such issues as unemployment, inflation, exchange rates, economic development, trade and global finance, tax policy, minimum wages, environmental policy, and healthcare. It is an analytical and high-demand field with high entry-level salaries.

Education

Major

One of the state’s leading teacher preparation programs featuring experienced educators, research-based practices, and ten concentrations to fit any student’s career goals. Majors are connected to a network of 150+ schools and community partners where students apply what they learn, and train to teach in a variety of settings with a culturally diverse student population.

Educational Policy

Certificate

Educational Psychology

Master's, Doctoral

The Department of Educational Psychology trains leaders in school and community counseling, counseling psychology, school psychology, learning and development, and educational statistics and measurement. In 2015, the program was ranked fourth in school psychology. The APA recognized the department’s success in recruiting minority and international students in 2013.

Electrical Engineering

Major, Minor

Study electronics, controls, computer systems, optics, nanotechnology, microwave and radio-frequency engineering and more through this ABET accredited program. Electrical engineers work in many fields, including but not limited to renewable energy, electronics, bio-imaging, signal and image processing, communications, automation and optical and photonic device design.

Energy Engineering

Engineering

Master's, Doctoral

Explore civil, computer, electrical, material, industrial or mechanical engineering, and participate in research and design synthesis. Select courses specific to your career objectives, and develop and defend an engineering thesis. This program does not require a rigid set of courses; design your own studies to prepare yourself for your ideal career.

English

Major, Minor, Master's, Doctoral

Read closely, write persuasively, argue analytically, and imagine creatively. Students learn to think critically and explore a diversity of texts and media, from novels to poems, films to websites, corporate documents to social media. Focused plans of study prepare students for a wide range of careers in writing and editing, teaching, communications, and new media.

Enterprise Resource Planning

Certificate, Online

Enterprise resource planning (ERP) skills are in high demand. ERP systems are critical information systems that connect a company’s operations, including purchasing, production, sales, service, accounting, supply chain, finance and asset management, and customer/supplier relationships. Coursework prepares students for the SAP TERP 10 certification exam.

Entrepreneurship

Certificate

New ideas and innovation help companies grow. Entrepreneurship certificate students gain the knowledge and skills needed to assess new business opportunities, obtain financial resources, market and start new ventures, and manage entrepreneurial ventures for growth and profitability.

Environmental Health Sciences

Doctoral

Environmental Health Sciences PhD students learn to incorporate environmental health theories with public health competencies such as communication, public health biology, systems-thinking, and leadership. Faculty are drawn from several departments and research units, affording unparalleled opportunity for cross-disciplinary training and participation in novel research.

Epidemiology

Doctoral

Our graduates are prepared to conduct independent epidemiologic research that informs programs and policies that promote better health, health equity and social justice.

Exceptional Education

Major, Master's

Make a difference in students’ lives as a special education professional. Work with individuals across the lifespan affected by disabilities. The special education teacher certification program prepares graduates to apply for Wisconsin licenses to teach students with disabilities in early childhood through adolescence, as well as Deaf and Hard of Hearing students.

Executive MBA

Master's

The Executive MBA program is designed for experienced managers who want to sharpen their leadership skills, become better managers and focus their career trajectory. This strong cohort program allows our executive students to make professional connections across subjects and disciplines and work outside the classroom on team projects with Lubar’s partner organizations.

Family Nurse Practitioner

Certificate

Film Studies

Major, Minor

Film Studies focuses on the history, theory and criticism of film and television. Students learn how to discuss and write about these areas critically; make connections between media, historical themes, and cultural change; analyze the impact of film and television on individuals and society; and compare different media formats.

Film, Video, Animation, New Genres

Major, Minor, Master's

Recognized as one of Hollywood Reporter’s “Top 20 Film Programs in the World,” Variety’s “Best Entertainment Programs,” and ICX Media’s “Top 50 American Film Schools.” Committed to transforming students into expressive filmmakers with a mastery of both creative and technical skills, our program provides students with the flexibility to explore all aspects of the industry.

Finance

Major

A finance specialist's understanding of the economy and business presents opportunities in both corporate and investment finance. Financiers help their organization reach financial objectives by evaluating investments, allocating resources over time, and assessing risk valuation and markets.

Food Studies

Certificate

Forensic Science

Certificate

Forensic Toxicology

Certificate

French

Major, Minor, Certificate

Develop global perspectives sought by companies, educational institutions and NGOs in the US, France and other French-speaking countries (Canada, Haiti, Belgium, Congo, etc.), and explore our many study abroad opportunities. Students who enter UWM with advanced French can earn a bachelor’s and master’s in 5 years to become a translator/interpreter.

Freshwater Sciences

Doctoral

From Milwaukee’s Harbor at the edge of the Great Lakes, students explore Earth’s largest freshwater system, urban rivers and water infrastructure, groundwater, fisheries and environmental health. A strong focus on complex, interdisciplinary ecological issues and critical research prepares students for careers in industry, government and academia.

Freshwater Sciences & Technology

Master's

From Milwaukee’s Harbor at the edge of the Great Lakes, students explore Earth’s largest freshwater system, urban rivers and water infrastructure, groundwater, fisheries and environmental health. Students choose a professional or thesis track, combining a science-based curriculum, field work, applied research, and community engagement resulting in a 97% job placement rate.

General Business

Minor

Geographic Information Systems

Certificate

Geography

Major, Minor, Master's, Doctoral

Geographers analyze and interpret spatial patterns and influence public policy or corporate decisions. Long-range climate predictions, population shifts and urban management, land use, animal migration patterns, and new retail siting maps are just a few examples of practical applications. Geographers seek to understand the planet’s impact on people and vice versa.

Geosciences

Major, Minor, Master's, Doctoral

Geoscientists study the Earth and the processes that shape it. Water, glaciers, climate, soil quality, tectonics, and paleontology are just a few examples of elective concentrations. Required outdoor field work prepares students for jobs with environmental and water resource management; energy and mineral industries; and government agencies.

German

Major, Minor

An emphasis on both language and culture prepares students for diverse careers. Students interested in international business can add a business minor, and double majors with an applied field are also popular. The German major is also the first step towards grad school for interpretation and translation. Multiple study abroad destinations are available.

Global Health

Certificate

Global Studies

Major, Minor

Students choose a specific track - global management, global communications, global security, global sustainability or global health – and many degrees are jointly awarded by two schools in recognition of the unique combination of professional training and liberal arts courses. Study abroad and an international internship are required.

Health Care Administration

Major, Minor, Master's, Online

Students in the health care administration program learn business strategies needed to lead health care organizations: finance, information systems, strategic planning, HR management and marketing. A key component of this program is exposure to management and leadership training principles necessary to run a single department or a vast health care organization.

Health Care Informatics

Master's, Certificate, Online

The fast-growing field of health care informatics seeks professionals with highly specialized training in IT and health care. The program’s interdisciplinary, expert faculty provide training in critical skills like systems analysis and design, decision support, health care applications and procurement and information security.

Health Professional Education

Certificate

Health Sciences

Doctoral

The Health Sciences PhD prepares experienced faculty/researchers in communication sciences and disorders, biomedical sciences, health/clinical informatics, occupational, kinesiology and physical therapy. Candidates work with research faculty in specialty areas, completing cross disciplinary and core courses that take an interdisciplinary approach to health educatio

Healthy Aging

Certificate

History

Major, Minor, Master's, Doctoral, Online

Our history alumni can be found in almost every type of profession. Analyzing the past and constructing new interpretations and applications leads to high-level critical thinking, problem-solving and written communication skills – excellent qualities for lawyers, journalists, business leaders, teachers, museum personnel and nonprofit managers.

Hmong Diaspora Studies

Certificate

Human Resources Management

Major

Human resource professionals identify, recruit and select new employees; provide employee training and development; and administer compensation and benefits plans. To succeed and grow, businesses and corporations need professionals skilled in staffing, compensation, diversity, labor relations and training and development.

Industrial Engineering

Major, Minor

Industrial engineers work in public and private sectors to improve productivity, reduce waste, maximize profits and minimize injuries. Study the design, control, operation, evaluation and implementation of industrial systems and processes as part of this ABET-accredited program. Graduates work as manufacturing engineers, supply chain managers, ergonomists and more.

Information Science & Technology

Major, Minor, Master's, Online

Combining core IT skills like front-end web design, HCI, UX and information security with data science and project management, Information Science & Technology prepares students for current and emerging IT careers.

Information Studies

Doctoral, Certificate

Study of the representation, storage, retrieval, use and impact of information on society. Prepare for an academic or administrative career by contributing to the discipline’s knowledge base. The School of Information Studies ranks fourth internationally and second in the U.S. in department contributions to library and information science literature.

Information Technology Management

Major, Master's

Expanding technologies and data availability make IT professionals increasingly important around the world. IT professionals examine problems, then develop and communicate technology-based solutions. They use a range of IT skills and analysis to make data and new technologies work together across all of a company’s business functions. UWM has unique expertise in...

Interdisciplinary Language and Literacy Intervention

Certificate

International Business

Certificate

Most businesses are affected in some way by international influences, such as currency issues, outsourcing, transportation, or distribution networks. Gaining an understanding of economic, political, and cultural differences will give you skills and perspectives that you’ll bring with you to make you a more “globally savvy” employee.

International Human Resources and Labor Relations

Certificate

International Studies

Major, Minor

The International Studies major prepares students for 21st century careers in a changing world. Taking a holistic approach to learning and professional development, the major emphasizes understanding cross-cultural, political, economic, and historical ties to prepare graduates for careers in a global marketplace.

Investment Management

Certificate

The investment management certificate program focuses on how individuals and organizations grow wealth through investment portfolios. This applied program allows students to learn the role of the sell-side analyst, buy-side analyst, investment banker, performance and risk manager, institutional sales, financial planner, and portfolio manager.

Italian

Major, Minor

We offer small classes and individualized attention for Italian majors. Language, literature, cuisine, and culture courses prepare students for careers in culinary arts, design, science, and education or for graduate school in translation and interpreting including UWM’s program - the first Italian-to-English translation program in the U.S.

Japanese

Minor, Program of Study

The Japanese program provides students with the linguistic and cultural fluency required to live and work in a Japanese environment. Many alumni live in Japan, working and studying in varying fields; others work in the U.S. in Japanese-related careers such as Animé marketing, business, and government.

Jewish Studies

Major, Minor

UWM’s Sam and Helen Stahl Center for Jewish Studies and the Hebrew Studies Program have partnered to offer a major in Jewish Studies, with tracks in Hebrew Studies or Jewish Cultural Studies. Hebrew Studies emphasizes proficiency in the Hebrew language. The multidisciplinary Jewish Cultural Studies focuses on Jewish culture and history.

Journalism, Advertising, & Media Studies

Major, Minor

JAMS combines academic study of the media with practical training for careers in news (audio, video, and print), advertising, and public relations. Many courses are taught by professionals with experience working in the media. Internships are strongly encouraged and many students graduate with more than one experience on their resumé.

Kinesiology

Major, Minor, Master's, Doctoral

Kinesiology is ideal for anyone fascinated by human movement. Students learn from faculty nationally recognized for research and teaching that deepens our understanding of physical activity. Students can specialize in topics like anatomy/physiology, biomechanics, psychosocial aspects of sport/exercise and motor development. Research and clinical opportunities are included.

Language, Literature, & Translation

Master's

This Master’s program offers concentrations in Comparative Literature, French, German, and Translation & Interpreting. Each concentration offers joint degrees with Library & Information Science. The Translation concentration also offers a joint MA-MBA. The degree is flexible with a variety of academic and professional paths, including accelerated 5-year BA/MA programs.

Latin American & Caribbean Studies

Certificate

Latin American, Caribbean, & US Latin@ Studies

Major

Uniquely UWM, LACUSL integrates the study of peoples and culture of Latin America and the Caribbean with the study of U.S. Latin@s. Most other programs focus on one or the other. Alumni work stateside or abroad in health services, education, nonprofits, business, and government. An accelerated program leads to both the BA and a master’s in translation in 5 years.

Latino Studies

Certificate

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Studies

Certificate

Linguistics

Major, Minor, Master's, Doctoral

Linguists study the structure, acquisition, and use of language in order to understand this uniquely human capacity and contribute to the development of new language-related technologies. Cutting-edge research takes place in ultrasound and eye-tracking labs, leading to new therapies, next-gen web search and speech recognition applications, and improved language pedagogy.

Management

Master's

The MS in Management is the optimal choice if you wish to do a “deep dive” into a specific business field, allowing you to contribute as a business subject matter expert who has a significant body of fundamental knowledge and an understanding of emerging issues.

Management Science

Doctoral

For those pursuing doctoral work, the PhD in Management Science builds skills and expertise to conduct research in finance, management information systems, marketing, organization and strategic management, supply chain and operations management and more. Under an “apprenticeship” model, our doctoral students cultivate professional relationships and develop the skills to...

Marketing

Major

Marketers help their companies satisfy customers, build new markets and grow companies by conducting research, developing products and services, and devising planning, pricing, advertising, promotion and distribution strategies. With rapidly changing technologies and constantly changing customer attitudes and behaviors, highly qualified marketers are always in demand.

Master of Business Administration

Master's, Online

The MBA program at the Lubar School of Business focuses on professional advancement through a highly-regarded business management program, combined with professional development opportunities focused on your unique professional needs. The MBA is offered in an accelerated 20-month cohort program or flexible schedule program, with online course offerings to accommodate...

Master of Human Resources & Labor Relations

Master's

The Human Resources & Labor Relations master’s degree provides an interdisciplinary blend of human resources, staffing, labor, legal and statistical knowledge coursework and experience. Connect with faculty, peers and professionals in small classes. Human resources and labor relations professionals work with unions and management in both private and public sectors.

Master of Library & Information Science

Master's, Online

Ranked 14th in the nation, the ALA-accredited MLIS program prepares librarians, archivists and information professionals for careers in academic and public work settings. With a long history of online course delivery and experience with emerging technologies, the SOIS MLIS program prepares tomorrow’s librarians.

Master of Public Administration

Master's

Public administrators must consider financial, legal, political and organizational constraints when implementing programs and policies. UWM's theory-grounded courses provide practical preparation in fiscal control, quantitative analysis, organization management, decision analysis, government institutions, and legal procedures -- valued skills for public sector management.

Master of Sustainable Peacebuilding

Master's

Graduates of this unique program become change-makers engaged in complex global or local issues related to health and the environment. Students work with partners who are connected to the community/issue of interest to them: international organizations, government departments, nonprofits and educators. The program has active partnerships and programs across the globe.

Materials Engineering

Major, Minor

Materials engineers turn natural resources into useful products. Study biomaterials, energy, processing, metal casting, advanced materials and courses in ceramics, polymers, composites and electronics in this ABET-accredited program. Materials engineers work in many fields: aerospace, electronics, transportation, communication, construction, entertainment, sustainability.

Mathematics

Major, Minor, Master's, Doctoral

Math is the international language of science, tech and engineering. Teaching is often thought of first, but individuals who “speak the language” and enjoy problem-solving excel in all types of related fields: astrophysics, medicine, polling, data analysis, programming, market research, animation, national security, robotics, climate study and finance to name just a few.

Mathematics Teacher Leadership

Certificate

Mechanical Engineering

Major, Minor

Mechanical engineers design, develop, analyze, produce and test technical solutions in areas ranging from energy conversion to the production of construction equipment. Study mechanical engineering, thermal sciences and mechanical systems. Prepare for a career in manufacturing, transportation, biomedical, energy, architecture or aerospace in this ABET-accredited program.

Media Studies

Master's

Media are at the center of the social, cultural, economic, and political dimensions of our world. Across history and into the digital age, the processes, responsibilities, and impact of media are important objects for research and analysis. The MA focuses on academic research into the history, culture, influence, and ethics of media in the US and around the world.

Mediation and Negotiation

Certificate

Microbiology

Major

This major introduces you to the world of microorganisms that includes bacteria, viruses, fungi, and algae. Microbes cause disease, play major roles in environmental processes, and are used extensively in the food and biotech industries. This program prepares you for careers in microbiology, molecular biology, biotechnology, and health professions.

Middle Eastern & North African Studies

Certificate

Molecular Diagnostics

Certificate

Multicultural Knowledge of Mental Health Practices

Certificate, Online

Museum Studies

Certificate

Music

Major, Minor, Master's

The largest professional degree-granting music department in the UW System, we serve the greater scholarly and musical communities through academic research, lectures and seminars, performances and instruction. Our world-renowned faculty provide students opportunities to perform and intern with Milwaukee’s leading music organizations while earning their degrees.

Music Education

Major

Centered in child development and music cognition, our students are prepared to teach and supervise music in public schools. We offer three K-12 concentrations, each certified by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction: Instrumental, Choral, and General Music Education. We proudly place 100% of our degree-seeking students into classrooms upon graduation.

Non-Profit Management

Certificate

Non-Profit Management & Leadership

Master's

Successful nonprofit professionals use their skills in financial management, resource development, governance, organizational leadership and program planning and accountability to advance important causes. UWM's program is designed for working professionals seeking this type of well-rounded, specialized management program, with coursework primarily in the evening.

Nursing

Major, Master's, Doctoral, Online

Wisconsin’s largest College of Nursing is a leader in nursing education, innovative research and community engagement. Undergraduates enjoy hands-on learning, use the latest technology and follow a comprehensive curriculum that includes theory and practice. Graduate students work with world-renowned faculty in research and clinical settings, shaping practice and policy.

Nutritional Sciences

Major, Minor

Students in the nutritional sciences program prepare for careers in education, health promotion and disease prevention, or grad school. They develop the scientific/technical knowledge and skills essential to such careers, while building critical thinking and communication skills in public speaking, nutrition education, wellness, program development and professional writing

Occupational Studies

Major

The bachelor’s in Occupational Studies is a flexible educational path that prepares students to work in different health and human service settings. Students are particularly well prepared for graduate study in occupational therapy and other disability-related disciplines.

Occupational Therapy

Master's

Taught by faculty who are leaders in occupational therapy (OT) through their professional credentials and research productivity, the OT master’s program at UWM is connected to 300+ clinical sites nationally. Students learn to design diverse therapies – dressing, eating, driving – for clients looking to lead full lives after a life-changing illness or injury.

Peace Studies & Conflict Resolution

Certificate

Philosophy

Major, Minor, Master's

Philosophers pursue the eternal questions of our existence - truth, knowledge, being, meaning, goodness and beauty. Our majors study great philosophers of the past and learn to inquire philosophically in a modern context. These critical thinking and writing skills lead to success in law, business, journalism, public service, teaching, etc. 

Physical Therapy

Doctoral

Physical therapists are in high demand. Students in Metro Milwaukee’s only public DPT program are highly successful. They benefit from small classes with award winning faculty, access to 400 clinical sites and research experience in groundbreaking health science labs. One hundred percent of UWM DPT grads are employed within six months of passing their national board exam.

Physics

Major, Minor, Master's, Doctoral

Physics underpins all scientific and technological advances. At UWM, students can study physics (with an optional concentration in astronomy and joint programs with engineering) in preparation for a variety of research or commercial careers. Faculty areas of expertise span bio imaging, nano-materials, energy storage, gravitational waves, astrophysics, proteins, and more.

Political Science

Major, Minor, Master's, Doctoral, Online

Political science provides the important skills and knowledge for careers in government, law, education, business, and other fields through courses in American politics, comparative politics, international relations, and political theory. Students can take a Law Studies concentration with electives focused on the Constitution, Supreme Court, and legal issues.

Portuguese Language and Literature

Minor

Portuguese is widely spoken in Portugal and Brazil, as well as many other nations in the southern hemisphere, particularly throughout South America. Many assume that it is similar to Spanish. While they share common Latin roots, the structure of Portuguese blends features from French, Spanish, and the dialect of northern Italy, with a distinct Celtic influence.

Pre-Anesthesiologist Assistant

Pre-professional

A newer profession, there are 11 anesthesiology assistant graduate programs in the U.S. The graduate work takes 2 ½ years after the completion of a 4-year college degree with rigorous science and math preparation that is very similar to a pre-med path. Related volunteer or part-time work while in college is essential for admission to these competitive programs.

Pre-Chiropractic

Pre-professional

The path to become a chiropractor includes four years of college and about 3 1/2 years of graduate school. In college, students take a rigorous science course load in biology, chemistry, physics, and kinesiology, and should log a significant number of hours in related work or volunteer experience. Biology and kinesiology are the most popular choices for a major.

Pre-Dentistry

Pre-professional

Becoming a dentist requires 8 years of education – 4 years of college and 4 years of dental school. With 64 dental schools in the U.S., admission is very competitive. In college, students complete foundational science classes and obtain hands-on volunteer or part-time work experience. A pre-dental advisor helps students select a major, with biology being the most popular.

Pre-Law

Pre-professional

Students with an intent to attend law school after college can choose from any major. Although political science and history remain popular choices, any major that features dense reading, significant analysis, and substantial writing will prepare a student for the rigors of law school. Our pre-law advisor provides information on law school and their admissions processes.

Pre-Medicine

Pre-professional

To become a doctor, you must complete a Bachelor’s degree, 4 years of medical school, and 3 to 7 years of residency. UWM students are advised with a focus on developing a competitive academic portfolio and attaining essential health-related hands-on experience in the community. Many pre-med students major in biology or biochemistry, but any major is allowed.

Pre-Optometry

Pre-professional

Students of optometry can expect to be in school for 8 years – four as an undergraduate and four in optometry school. Our students take a rigorous science and math course load to prepare to apply to one of the 19 U.S. optometry programs. Biology is the most popular major. Students also should plan on obtaining significant related hands-on experience while in college.

Pre-Pathologist Assistant

Pre-professional

Pathologist assistants work under the supervision of a pathologist, similar to how a physician assistant works with physicians. Four years of college and a two-year master’s program are required. College coursework consists of rigorous science and math, similar to pre-med, with biology the most popular major choice. A specialty advisor is available to students.

Pre-Pharmacy

Pre-professional

To become a pharmacist, students must obtain significant knowledge in chemistry in addition to other natural sciences in college before entering a pharmacy doctoral program. Our pre-pharmacy advisor guides students through the course sequence and advises them on the application process and becoming a competitive applicant for pharmacy school.

Pre-Physician Assistant

Pre-professional

Physician assistants work under the supervision of doctors and perform a variety of tasks related to patient examination, diagnosis and treatment. Most students attend a two-year master’s program after college. Our specialty Pre-PA advisor helps students with course and major selection and with suggestions for hands-on learning, a requirement to get into PA school.

Pre-Podiatry

Pre-professional

Podiatry is a fast-growing profession that requires a doctoral degree (four years after college) at one of the nine podiatry schools in the U.S. Coursework is focused in the sciences, particularly biology and biochemistry, and students are advised to obtain relevant hands-on experience in college to be a competitive applicant to podiatry school.

Pre-Veterinary Medicine

Pre-professional

Becoming a vet requires 4+ years of additional schooling beyond college. With only 30 vet schools in the U.S., admission is highly-competitive. Our pre-vet advisor advises students on the selection of core science classes and helps connect them to jobs or volunteer opportunities for hands-on experience. The most popular major is biology, though any major can be chosen.

Professional Writing and Communication

Certificate, Online

Psychology

Major, Minor, Master's, Doctoral, Online

Psychologists seek to understand the social and biological bases of behavior. Some students earn a master's degree to become therapists; others work in healthcare, social services, education, human resources, marketing, or other people-oriented professions. Faculty specialize in clinical psychology, neuroscience, and health psychology.

Public & Population Health

Certificate

Public Health

Major, Master's, Doctoral

Prepare for a career in biostatistics, community & behavioral health, environmental health sciences, epidemiology or public health policy & administration through graduate work at the Zilber School of Public Health. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that hospitals, government agencies and research organizations need more public health professionals.

Real Estate

Certificate

The real estate certificate prepares you for careers including brokerage, mortgage banking, appraisal, investment, development and property management, as well as growing opportunities in the areas of sustainability and the environment. This certificate program will expose you to real estate markets, finance, valuation, and property development and management.

Religious Studies

Major, Minor

The academic analysis of religion across cultures, time, and place provides an understanding of one of the most powerful influences on human behavior throughout history and in modern times. UWM’s interdisciplinary approach combines courses in anthropology, architecture, art, classics, literature, Jewish Studies, history and philosophy.

Rhetorical Leadership

Certificate

Russian

Major, Minor

There is high demand for Russian speakers in both the public and private sector, but few U.S. universities offer a Russian degree. We offer broad training in Russian language and culture, and our alumni have careers in a wide variety of fields ranging from counterintelligence to social work. Nearly all UWM Russian majors study abroad on competitive federal scholarships.

Russian & East European Studies

Certificate

Scandinavian Studies

Certificate

School Counseling

Certificate

Social Welfare

Doctoral

Social Work

Major, Master's

Examine social problems from multiple perspectives and encourage change among individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities. Social work practitioners work in child welfare, gerontology, mental and physical health, and community leadership. This program partners with hundreds of agencies to prepare graduates with hands-on field experience.

Sociology

Major, Minor, Master's, Doctoral, Online

Sociology is the study of the social world. While psychologists study individuals, sociologists investigate the structure, interaction and behavior of groups and organizations. Research areas of note at UWM include: housing segregation, stay-at-home dads, juvenile delinquency, the sociology of food, religion and politics, gender identity and race relations.

Spanish

Major, Minor, Master's

Spanish is one of the world’s most used languages. It is an official language of 20 countries and in the United Nations. A Spanish degree can be combined with another major to enhance career readiness in healthcare, business, social services, government foreign service, marketing, or journalism. An MA in Spanish further develops one’s proficiency in language and culture.

Spanish for Healthcare Professionals

Certificate

Structural Engineering

Minor

Structural engineers focus on the design and physical integrity of buildings and other large structures, assuring they are safe and stable. They frequently work with architects and contractors. In addition to new construction, they often inspect and design plans for maintenance or renovation of existing structures.

Study of Complementary & Integrative Health Approaches

Certificate, Online

Supply Chain & Operations Management

Major

Supply chain and operations management experts determine how to most efficiently plan, source, make and move materials and, finally, finished goods to the customer. As companies seek to operate more efficiently, supply chain specialists are an increasingly integral part of manufacturing, the service industry, health care, retail and government organizations.

Support Services for Online Students in Higher Education

Certificate, Online

Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

Certificate, Online

Teaching and Learning, Advanced Study

Certificate, Online

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Theatre

Major, Minor

Focused on theatre as a way of exploring and positively affecting society, students join a diverse and welcoming community of artists committed to helping them learn and succeed in the broad world of creative practice, performance, production and education. Outside of the classroom, students are involved with all of Milwaukee’s professional theatre companies.

Theatre Education

Major, Minor

Focused on theatre as a cultural, educational and humanitarian art form, theatre education majors learn high-impact teaching strategies. At the end of the program, they will be licensed K-12 theatre educators in Wisconsin. Through immersion in creative and collaborative theatre/drama processes, students build professional capacity as they learn from arts-infused curricula.

Therapeutic Recreation

Certificate, Online

Transition for Students with Disabilities

Certificate

Translation

Certificate, Online

Trauma-Informed Care

Certificate

Urban Education

Doctoral

Students gain skills and knowledge to conduct research and ground their practice, studying a wide range of urban education issues. Specializations include adult, continuing and higher education leadership; art education; curriculum and instruction; exceptional education; higher education leadership; mathematics education; multicultural education; and social foundations.

Urban Planning

Master's, Certificate

The Master of Urban Planning is a two-year professional program that prepares students for careers in public planning agencies, nonprofits or private practice and is fully accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board. Candidates enroll in the program from diverse professional/educational backgrounds: architecture, geography, political science, engineering, business.

Urban Studies

Major, Master's, Doctoral, Certificate

Cities, suburbs, and metro regions often face a set of unique challenges in addressing issues of transportation, education, housing, poverty, crime, ethnicity, sustainability, employment, and development. Students explore all of these topics through coursework across 11 departments and fields, and can choose to focus their electives around an area of particular interest.

Web Development

Certificate

Women’s and Gender Studies

Major, Minor, Master's, Certificate

UWM was the first Wisconsin campus to offer a WGS program. Ours is a flexible program – students can choose classes from 30 different departments. Whether the subject is gender identity, gender in the media, women’s and gender history, feminist research methods, women in politics, or any number of other topics, students will examine women and gender through a new lens.

Youth Work

Certificate, Online

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