The MSP is a cohort-based program that begins each year in September (fall semester) only. Applications are accepted until all spots for the cohort have been filled, or by June 1 at the latest. 

Dates and Deadlines

December 15: Applications completed by this date will be considered in the initial review and receive priority consideration for funding opportunities available through MSP. 

February 1: Applications completed by this date will be considered in the second round of reviews. International applications must be completed by this date to be considered for admission the following fall. 

February 2 – June 1: Rolling admissions for any remaining program spots. Applications completed after June 1 will be automatically rolled into the application pool for the following year. 

April 1: Acceptance deadline for funded positions and international students. 


Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited program with a minimum GPA of 2.75 (4.0 scale) to be considered for admission.

Application Process

To be considered for admission, all applicants must complete an online application, including: 

  • Pay the nonrefundable application fee; 
  • Upload unofficial transcripts from any and all schools attended, regardless of how long ago it may have been. Applicants will be required to submit official transcripts after an admission offer is accepted; 
  • Upload a current professional resume or CV; 
  • Upload a 2-3 page Personal Statement (Reason for Graduate Study). This essay should address any or all of the following: 
    • What brought you to MSP? 
    • Why is MSP a good fit for you? 
    • How will MSP help you advance your professional goals? 
    • Share a personal story that relates to why you want to join MSP. 
    • Which faculty member(s), community organizations, and/or global issues are you interested in working on while in MSP? 
  • Submit the names and email addresses of at least two references who will write a Letter of Recommendation for you. If possible, try to include one academic (e.g. advisor) and one professional (e.g. supervisor) reference. 
  • Upload a Writing Sample (max 10 pages) from within the past five years. The type of sample you submit is up to you. Examples include: 
      • Paper from a college course;
      • Excerpt from an undergraduate thesis; 
      • Grant proposal 
      • Peer-reviewed article; 
      • a Web-based piece, such as a blog entry or news article; 
      • Project report or evaluation; 
      • Guided Research Essay (this is suggested if you do not have a writing sample you would like to submit).
  • Upload evidence of English Proficiency (international students only). The language of instruction at UWM is English. All international applicants must provide evidence of proficiency. View details at the UWM Center for International Education’s website. Email questions to