Full, Dual, and Conditional UWM Admission


It is recommended that you apply online before you finish the ELA Intensive English Program or before you meet the minimum TOEFL or IELTS score.

ELA recommendation means that you have met the language proficiency requirement for admission, but NOT that you have been admitted to UW-Milwaukee as an undergraduate student.  You still MUST apply and be accepted by UWM as a degree-seeking student!

For undergraduate programs (Bachelor’s Degree)

Conditional admission: This admission status requires full-time IEP study before beginning academic classes. This status does mean that you have already been admitted into your degree program but you just need to prove your English proficiency by completing this program or providing a TOEFL or IELTS test result that meets admission requirements.

Dual admission: You can be directly admitted from IEP to UWM as a “dual student” by achieving 85% or more of the student learning outcomes in B1 in all the classes for one semester.  Dual Admission allows you to take a full-time credit load, but some of these credits will need to be English for Academic Purposes (EAP) credit-bearing courses in addition to your other classes.

Full admission: To have regular (non-conditional and non-dual) admission to UWM, you must successfully complete at least 8 weeks at the highest IEP Level (B2) by achieving 85% or more of the learning outcomes for every IEP class. No TOEFL OR IELTS score required.

For graduate programs (Master’s or PHD Degree)

Conditional admission: In exceptional cases, a student may be admitted to the Graduate school with conditional admission status. If this is the case, the following policy is in place.  Subsequent to conditional admission, the student may be changed to dual admission by achieving one of the following:

  1. Present a TOEFL score of 68, or an IELTS score of 6.0; some programs have higher requirements. Report your score to the Center for International Education before the start of the new semester.
  2. By achieving a CEFR level of B2 through portfolio assessment after completion of at least one semester in the UWM Intensive English Program

The portfolio assessment at the B2 level consists of the following:

  • CaMLA level of B2 (or ITP test benchmark, when offered)
  • Impromptu writing test
  • Speaking test

The portfolio will be assessed by a normed ELA portfolio committee. There is an ELA hold on a student’s PAWS account until the student has met ELA dual portfolio requirements or upon submission of adequate TOEFL or IELTS scores.

Based on submission of a qualifying official test score, or portfolio assessment after completion of IEP, the Graduate School will change the student to dual admission status for the immediately following semester.

Graduate students in conditional admission status are subject to the following restrictions:

  • The student must enroll in the full-time ELA program, and achieve at least a CEFR B2 level within 2 semesters, or the admission offer will be rescinded.
  • The student is not allowed to take academic courses.
  • The student cannot be appointed to any Graduate Assistant position.

To qualify for full admission:

–Present a TOEFL score of 79, or an IELTS score of 6.5 before the start of the semester; some programs have higher requirements. Report your score to the Center for International Education. OR

–Receive a ‘B’ or higher in your assigned EAP 420 or 435 course and submit a passing in-class essay (EAP 420) or speaking/listening test (EAP 435) at the end of the semester. You cannot miss more than two classes (includes conferences).  ELA Programs Graduate School Liaison/Coordinator will report your results to the Graduate School and to the Center for International Education.

*A graduate with conditional admission must be eligible for dual or full admission within two semesters.

Contact information: If you have any questions, please contact the English Language Academy Graduate School Liaison/Coordinator, Rosemarie Feiza-Lenz at rflenz@uwm.edu in Curtin 687.

Center for International Education (CIE) International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) Garland 138
8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday
Tel: 1+ (414) 229-4846
Fax: 1+ (414) 229-0521
Email: isss@uwm.edu

*All of the above policies are subject to change as of July 1st, 2018

UWM English Proficiency Requirements

The UWM institutional TOEFL code is 1473. Register for TOEFL at the ETS website, www.ets.org. Register for IELTS at www.ielts.org.

Internet- based Paper- based
Regular 68-120 520-677 5.5
Dual 61-67 498-519 5
Conditional 0-60 310-497 0-4.9
Regular 79-120 550-677 6.5
Dual 68-78 520-549 6.0-6.4
Conditional 0-67 310-519 0-5.9

Provide proof of English proficiency in one of the following ways:

  1. A TOEFL IBT, TOEFL PBT, or IELTS score that meets the requirement for regular, dual, or conditional admission; or,
  2. 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,
  3. 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.
  4. 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.