At the graduate studies level, you can be accepted for academic study at UWM in one of the following three ways:
- Conditional Admission: This admission status requires full-time study in our Intensive English Program before beginning academic courses. Learn more about conditional admission for graduate students.
- Dual Admission: Students admitted in this category are eligible to enroll in six credits of academic coursework and are also required to enroll in English for Academic Purposes (EAP) coursework. Learn more about dual admission.
- Full Admission: This status means that you have been fully admitted as a degree-seeking student, and you are not required to take courses in the English Language Academy. However, we do encourage graduate students with full admission to take EAP courses to continue improving their English language skills.
UWM English Proficiency Requirements for Graduates
The UWM institutional TOEFL code is 1473. Register for TOEFL at the ETS website, www.ets.org. Register for IELTS at www.ielts.org.
|TOEFL Internet Based||IELTS||CAE/CEP|
|Full||79-120||6.5 – 9.0||C1 level or higher|
|Conditional*||0-67||0-5.5||Below B2 level|
* Please note: Not every graduate program accepts conditional admission. Please contact the Graduate Program Representative of your chosen program to learn information on whether or not that program considers applicants for conditional admission.
Learn more about EAP graduate courses.
Please note, the scores on this website are the minimum to be considered for admission. Individual graduate programs may require higher scores for admission. Please refer to the program’s website to see whether higher scores are required.
If you are accepted with conditional admission, then you must apply to the English Language Academy’s Intensive English Program (IEP) separately. Your conditional admission status means that you must complete the Intensive English Program before you can take academic courses for your degree.
If you are accepted with dual admission (Admission with English Deficiency), then you must take courses in the English Language Academy’s English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program. Below are some links to more information about EAP courses for graduate students and registering for courses.
If you are accepted for regular admission to UWM, then you are not required to take courses in the English Language Academy. However, we recommend that you take EAP courses for your general education English requirements. EAP courses are better suited for international students. The class sizes are smaller, and the teachers are trained to work with your multilingual background.
If you have any questions about conditional, dual, or regular admission, please contact the Center for International Education (CIE) International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS).
Center for International Education (CIE) International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) Garland Hall 138
8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday
Tel: 1+ (414) 229-4846
Fax: 1+ (414) 229-0521