Message from the Interim Dean of the Graduate School

Jason Puskar, PhD
Interim Dean of the Graduate School

The best and brightest graduate students from around state, the country, and the world come to the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee to pursue their passions at the highest level. They come for our world-class faculty, our top-tier research facilities, and the extensive classroom that is the vibrant City of Milwaukee. I’ve been a professor at UWM since 2006, and I have the privilege of serving as the Dean of the Graduate School, which supports almost 5,000 master’s and doctoral students from the day they apply until long after they graduate. Those students go on to tackle the hardest problems facing our world today, in industry, health care, government, non-profits, the academy, and more.

The Graduate School is here to support students all the way through their degrees and into successful careers. We provide millions of dollars of graduate student fellowships each year, regular professional development training, help with degree completion through our Dissertation Boot Camp and 3MT programs, and guidance through the milestones of your degree. With our many campus partners we also support initiatives for community building, diversity and inclusion, and student health and wellbeing. Nobody succeeds alone. We’re proud to walk with you as you pursue your dreams.

Whether you’re looking at graduate schools, already a student at UWM, or a proud alum, I promise you the Graduate School’s full commitment to UWM’s guiding values. We are committed to innovation, open inquiry, care and compassion, and diversity in all its forms. I’m especially proud of the way our students, programs, and staff pulled together during the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic. We are stronger still for the challenges ahead.

I feel sure you will thrive at UWM. If we pass on campus, stop me and say hello! I wish you health, happiness and every success in your journey.


Jason Puskar
Interim Dean, Graduate School