Midwest Student Exchange Program (MSEP)

The Midwest Student Exchange Program (MSEP) is a multi-state tuition reciprocity program that makes attending out-of-state colleges and universities more affordable for non-resident students.

Through the MSEP, participating public institutions agree to charge students no more than 150% of the in-state resident tuition rate for specific programs; private institutions offer a 10% reduction on their tuition rates. If you are a legal resident of Indiana, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio or Wisconsin and enroll at a participating institution in another MSEP state, you will receive a reduced tuition rate—giving you a wide range of education options for your education dollars.
Note for Illinois students: Illinois has moved to inactive status in the Midwest Student Exchange Program (MSEP). Currently Illinois does not have any participating MSEP institutions which is mandatory for this reciprocal program. However the Executive Committee of the UW-System Board of Regents has approved the following resolution:
“That, upon the recommendation of the President of the UW System and the Chancellor of UW-Milwaukee, the UW System Board of Regents approves a continuation of the UW-Milwaukee tuition rate for Illinois residents equivalent to the Midwest Student Exchange Program rate for students entering for the 2022-2023 academic year.” This means that Illinois residents entering UW-Milwaukee during the 2022-23 academic year will be charged the 150% tuition rate, which is equivalent to the MSEP rate. This group of students will remain eligible for the duration of their time at UW-Milwaukee. Current UWM students who are Illinois residents are legacy members in their participation in the MSEP as long as they remain continuously enrolled. This includes enrolled students starting college in Fall 2021.

Once admitted, in order to continue to be eligible for the MSEP rate the student must:

  • Maintain residency in a participating MSEP state.
  • Maintain enrollment in a participating academic program (full time and part time students are eligible).
  • Remain in good academic standing.

Students are automatically reviewed for eligibility for the Midwest Student Exchange Program tuition at the time of review for admission, so no additional application is needed. Students from participating MSEP states outside of WI will automatically be eligible for MSEP tuition provided they meet the criteria as stated above. Students will be notified in their official admission letter of their MSEP status, once they have been admitted to the University.

Second degree students, re-entry applicants, non-degree students, and students admitted to a certificate program are not eligible.

For more information, visit the MSEP website or contact the Graduate School at 414-229-6569 or gradschool@uwm.edu.

Participating programs include:

Architecture and Urban Planning

  • Architecture MArch
  • Architecture MArch / Urban Planning MUP
  • Architecture MS
  • Architecture PhD
  • Urban Planning MUP
  • Urban Planning MUP / Engineering MS
  • Urban Planning MUP / Public Administration MPA


  • Art Education MS
  • Art MA
  • Art MFA
  • Music MM
  • Performing Arts—Film MFA
  • Dance MFA


  • Business Administration Executive MBA
  • Business Administration MBA
  • Management MS
  • Business Management Science PhD
  • Information Technology Management MS
  • Nonprofit Management & Leadership MS


  • Administrative Leadership MS
  • Cultural Foundations of Education MS
  • Curriculum & Instruction MS
  • Educational Psychology MS
  • Educational Psychology PhD
  • Exceptional Education MS
  • School Psychology Education Specialist EdS
  • Urban Education PhD


  • Biomedical & Health Informatics PhD
  • Computer Science MS
  • Engineering MS

Freshwater Sciences

  • Freshwater Sciences & Technology MS
  • Freshwater Sciences PhD

Health Sciences

  • Athletic Training MS
  • Healthcare Administration MHA
  • Health Care Informatics MS
  • Health Sciences PhD
  • Kinesiology MS

Information Studies

  • Library & Information Science MLIS

Letters & Science

  • African and African Diaspora Studies PhD
  • Anthropology MS
  • Anthropology PhD
  • Art History MA
  • Atmospheric Science MS
  • Atmospheric Science PhD
  • Biological Sciences MS
  • Biological Sciences PhD
  • Chemistry MS
  • Communication MA
  • Communication PhD
  • Economics MA
  • Economics PhD
  • English MA
  • English PhD
  • Geography MA
  • Geography MS
  • Geography PhD
  • Geosciences MS
  • Geosciences PhD
  • History MA
  • History PhD
  • Human Resources & Labor Relations MHRLR
  • Language, Literature, & Translation MA
  • Linguistics MA
  • Mathematics MS
  • Media Studies MA
  • Philosophy MA
  • Physics MS
  • Political Science MA
  • Psychology MS
  • Public Administration MPA
  • Sociology MA
  • Spanish MA
  • Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages and Applied Linguistics, MA
  • Urban Studies MS
  • Urban Studies PhD
  • Women’s & Gender Studies MA


  • BS-DNP
  • Master of Nursing MN
  • On-campus Nursing PhD
  • Sustainable Peacebuilding MSP

Public Health

  • Biostatistics MS
  • Environmental Health Sciences PhD
  • Epidemiology PhD
  • Public Health MPH
  • Public Health PhD

Social Welfare

  • Criminal Justice MS
  • Social Welfare PhD
  • Social Work MSW