Administrative Leadership Application Process

Thank you for your interest in UWM’s Administrative Leadership program!

Application Steps

1. Apply to the UWM Graduate School

Complete the UWM Graduate School Online Application.

The Master’s Degree Application Checklist (PDF) may be a helpful resource. For more information on international admissions, please visit the Center for International Education.

Read the instructions carefully and complete the forms accurately. On your application, please be sure to indicate which concentration you are applying for:

  • Adult, Continuing, and Higher Education Administration
  • Educational Administration and Supervision

You can find answers to some of our frequently asked questions in the Administrative Leadership Application Information FAQ (PDF). If you have additional questions about the application process, please contact our Graduate program Admissions Specialist Allison Hochmuth at or (414) 229-4599, or contact the Graduate School.

2. Wait for Your Admissions Decision

After you complete your application, you will receive a letter with your login and password for UWM’s online student services system (known as PAWS) so you can monitor the status of your application. The Graduate School will send your application to Administrative Leadership for review and recommendation. After the department makes its recommendation, the Graduate School will finalize the admittance and send you an official letter with your admission decision.

3. Plan Your Program

If you are admitted to UWM, the department chair will send you a letter suggesting an advisor to consult concerning your master’s degree program. The advisor will help you plan your program, and you should contact him or her as soon as possible after admission. You should let your advisor know the courses for which you enroll each semester; any changes in an approved program must have advisor approval. Your advisor is happy to answer any questions about your professional objectives and studies at UWM.

4. Be Aware of Program Completion Time Limits

Master’s degree programs must be completed within seven years of admission. For full-time students, it’s possible to complete master’s degree requirements in one academic year, plus one or two summers. Part-time students are likely to need three to five years to complete degree requirements, depending on whether or not they attend summer sessions.

5. Complete A Master’s Capstone Project

The Graduate School requires all master’s degree students to complete an e-Portfolio. The e-Portfolio demonstrates whether you’re able to apply knowledge, understandings and concepts from your graduate studies to questions, situations or problems of an administrative nature. Learn more about the electronic portfolio.

6. Note Departmental Grade Requirements

Students who receive a grade of “C” or below in any departmental course, or a “B -” in two departmental courses, may be dropped from the program.

Additional Resources

Financial Support Information (PDF)