Learn How to Apply to Any Degree Program At UWM
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By clicking on the table below, you will see UWM’s application requirements. Also, for further information, please see our Frequently Asked Questions About Applying.
If you are applying to a bachelor’s degree program, select the undergraduate tab below. If you are applying to a master’s degree program or a doctoral degree program, select the graduate tab.
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Fill out an application online at http://apply.wisconsin.edu. A few business days after submitting an application, the international admissions staff will email you (from firstname.lastname@example.org) to give you a student ID number and explain how to check the status of your application on PAWS, which is UWM’s online student information system.
- $50 Application Fee
You can mail a check or international money order to the International Admission office, or pay the fees online with a credit card with your an online application. If you submit an application without paying the fees, you can still return to the application website to pay fees online by credit card.
Provide proof of English proficiency in one of the following ways:
- An approved test score that meets the requirement for regular or conditional admission; or,
- University Study: Completion of at least eighteen months of full-time, for-credit academic study (approximately three semesters) at a recognized or accredited institution of higher education whose language of instruction is English immediately prior to enrollment at UWM; or,
- Secondary/High School Study: Proof of completion of the last two years of secondary/high school at an institution whose language of instruction is English immediately prior to enrollment at UWM.
- A positive recommendation from the director of the Wisconsin ESL Institute (WESLI), stating that the applicant has passed the 700 level of reading and writing with a B grade or higher.
Applicants who do not have English language proficiency and wish to apply for a bachelor’s degree can apply for conditional admission.
Submit original or officially-certified copies of academic records for all secondary education (high school). You must also submit academic records from all post-secondary (university or college) education, whether or not the program was completed. Official records must be submitted in the native language and must be accompanied by an official English translation. Click here for further instructions about submitting transcripts.
All international students transferring from another university are not required to submit ACT/SAT scores.
All New Freshman international students applying to the College of Engineering & Applied Sciences are required to submit ACT/SAT scores.
All New Freshman international students that have studied high school in the US only will need to submit ACT/SAT scores regardless of major.
Although not required for most students, if you have taken the ACT/SAT we encourage you to submit the scores as it can enhance your ability to get a scholarship and will increase your English placement options upon arrival.
All applications to majors in the College of Engineering & Applied Science (CEAS) are reviewed by the CEAS academic administration.
If you are a new freshman (i.e., you have never studied at university before) and are applying to a major within CEAS, you must submit ACT or SAT scores. This requirement also applies to conditional admission applicants.
If you are a transfer student applying to CEAS, you do not need to submit SAT or ACT scores. However, transfer students need to have completed calculus at the post-secondary (university) level and received a grade of ‘C’ or better.
The process of applying as a transfer student is the same as applying as a new freshman. All of the above requirements apply to transfer students. Also, please see the frequently asked questions page for more information pertaining to transfer students.
Check out our video guide demonstrating how a new freshman undergraduate would submit an application:
Use the UWM Pathera Graduate Admission Application to apply.
- Application Fee
You can pay the fee with a credit card in your UWM Panthera Graduate Admission Application or mail a check or international money order to the International Admission office.
In your Panthera application, submit a statement that gives your reasons for graduate study. The 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. The following are required criteria for the statement:
- Explain your reasons for pursuing graduate study.
Describe specific interests and your background in the field.
- List any relevant skills or training you have acquired.
- List relevant academic awards or honors you have received.
- If your program requires recommendations, list the names of those individuals who will write on your behalf.
Provide proof of English proficiency in one of the following ways:
- A TOEFL IBT, Academic IELTS, or CAE/CPE score that meets the requirement for admission; or,
- A bachelor’s degree (or its equivalent) or higher degree from UWM, or another approved institution where English is the sole language of instruction. The following criteria must also be met:
- you must have attended this institution for at least 1 year; and,
- your degree was received within two years of your application to UWM or your degree was not received within two years of your application to UWM but you have lived and worked continuously in the U.S. since receiving your degree.
- Please note-TOEFL scores must be sent via ETS to code 1473. This code is the same for both undergraduate and graduate study.
Applicants must submit academic records from all post-secondary (university or college) education, whether or not the program was completed. For your application, you will be able to upload unofficial versions of your transcripts. If you are admitted, you will be required to submit an official version of your final degree-bearing transcript.
Official records must be submitted in the native language and must be accompanied by an official English translation. Click here for further instructions about submitting transcripts.
- Individual graduate programs may require additional items for your application. For example, GMAT scores, GRE scores, letters of recommendation, portfolio, resume, department application, or writing sample.
- Before you apply, you can find out about any additional requirements of your program by visiting the program’s website. If you have any questions about these program specific requirements, please contact your intended graduate program directly.