Degree FAQ

Welcome to the Master’s Degree Frequently Asked Questions page. On this page, you will find answers to the most frequently asked questions about UW-Madison’s Online and Flexible Master’s Degree Programs.

 

What are the requirements for admission to a master's program?

Basic requirements include:

  • A minimum 3.00 GPA on a 4.00 scale for the last 60 credits of undergraduate work or a cumulative GPA of 3.00 from a master’s degree.
  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. university/college or a comparable degree from an international institution.

For more detailed admissions information, visit the Graduate School website and the specific graduate program’s website. Requirements often vary by program.

 

How do I apply for federal financial aid or other financial assistance?

  • Federal financial aid is available to U.S. citizens or permanent residents. In addition, prospective students may be eligible for private student loans. To see what financial aid options you might qualify for, please contact the UW-Madison Office of Student Financial Aid.
  • Individual programs often have other forms of funding for students, including scholarships. Please contact the specific program for further information.

How much is tuition for master’s programs?

  • Tuition can vary by program. Check the “At a Glance” section on a specific program page for more details.

How much is the application fee?

  • The Graduate School application fee is $75 (U.S.) and non-refundable.
  • It can be paid by credit card (MasterCard or Visa) or Debit/ATM card.
  • Non-US citizens will be assessed a $6 (U.S.) international processing fee.
  • Both fees will be processed during the submission of your application.

Who can I contact with further questions?

  • For general questions about master’s programs, please contact the Graduate School at gradadmiss@grad.wisc.edu or 608-262-2433.
  • For questions about a specific master’s program, please contact the individual program.

 

For international students applying to master’s programs:

 

What are the requirements for admission for international students?

Basic requirements include:

  • A minimum 3.00 GPA on a 4.00 scale for the last two years of undergraduate work or a cumulative GPA of 3.00 from a master’s degree. Students from international universities are required to show academic achievement comparable to a 3.00 GPA for an undergraduate or master’s degree.
  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. university/college or a comparable degree from an international institution.
  • Some type of English proficiency test score (with some exceptions).
  • With the exception of some online programs, proof of the necessary financial resources to cover expenses while in graduate school at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The full detailed requirements for admission are available on the Graduate School website.

 

As an international student, what should I know about online courses?

  • Certain restrictions apply for international students taking online courses.
  • If a program is 100% online, international students who remain abroad may take it without restrictions. Please check with the program to verify it is online.
  • If a program is blended (i.e., has online and in-person courses), international students in the United States on a visa have limits on how many credits they are allowed to take. For more information, please contact International Student Services.

As an international student, can I participate in a program part-time?

  • If a program is completely online, international students do not need a visa and thus can complete it on a part-time basis.
  • For programs that do require a visa, both F-1 and J-1 student visa regulations require students to be enrolled full-time.

Will I have to take an English as a Second Language exam?

  • Every applicant whose native language is not English, or whose undergraduate instruction was not in English, must provide an English proficiency test score.
  • For more information on English proficiency test requirements and exemptions, visit the requirements for admission page on the Graduate School website.

What should I know about tuition and financial aid for international students?

  • International applicants are required to have sufficient funds to cover the academic and personal expenses while attending the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
  • For the most up-to-date requirements, visit the International Applicant Financial Information page on the Graduate School’s website.