Applying to Graduate Programs

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CONTACTING US

Main Office

Curriculum & Instruction
School of Education
UW-Madison
210 Teacher Education Building
225 North Mills Street
MadisonWI  53706

Tel: 608/263.4600
Fax: 608/263.9992

Email: curric@education.wisc.edu
or by contact form
 

Applying to Graduate Programs (Ph.D., M.S. and M.S. w/Initial Certification)

Applying to the Graduate School

All Ph.D. and M.S. applicants need to submit the Graduate School's on-line application. Visit the Graduate School's application material checklist for what is needed for submission.

Applying to the Department

Please carefully follow all instructions to ensure the timely processing of your application materials. Listed below are the required application materials. All materials should be sent to this department, unless otherwise noted.

Curriculum and Instruction Graduate Program
University of Wisconsin-Madison
225 North Mills Street
Madison, WI 53706
USA

If you have any questions after reading the following information, please contact the Graduate Program Office at 608/263.7466.

For questions related to the Secondary Education masters program (M.S. with teacher certification), please call 608/263.3404 or email Joey Lubasi.

 

Applying to Graduate Programs (Ph.D. and M.S.)

Expected Educational Background

Ph.D. and M.S.

All applicants for admission to graduate study are expected to have completed at least 12 credits in professional education courses. Equivalent courses taught outside a school of education are permissible, so long as an express focus on professional education is evident. At least 6 credits must be in social science foundations of education (e.g., educational anthropology, educational sociology, human development, human learning). Applicants lacking this background may be admitted with deficiencies, which means they will be required to take 12 credits in addition to the course work ordinarily required in the graduate program.

M.S. with Initial Teacher Certification

All applicants for admission to the secondary teacher certification program are expected to have completed subject area course work that address the content standards of their licensure prior to commencement of the program courses.  Applicants lacking this background may be admitted with deficiencies, if they will be able to complete the coursework in the spring semester.

Content Requirements may be found under the following headings: English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies

Application Deadlines

The application process is completed by following the requirements of both the Department of Curriculum and Instruction and the Graduate School by the following deadlines.

To begin
in this
semester

Your completed application must be received by

 
  Ph.D.
(Domestic applicants)

Ph.D.
(International applicants)

M.S.
(Domestic applicants)

M.S.
(International applicants)

 M.S. with Teacher Certification

Fall

December 1 (previous year)

December 1 (previous year)

June 30

March 30

 No Admission

Spring

September 30 (previous year)

June 30 (Previous year) 

November 30 (previous year)

August 30 (previous year) 

 No Admission

Summer

December 1 (previous year)

December 1 (previous year)

April 30

January 30

 October 15 (the previous year)

Ph.D. Applicants
  • Transcripts.  Unofficial transcripts will be required in the online application.  The transcripts should include all previous collegiate work from each undergraduate and graduate institution attended. The Graduate School will request official transcripts if an applicant is recommended for admission by the department.  (Applicants should not mail official transcripts to Curriculum and Instruction.)
  • Statement of Reasons for Graduate Study. A detailed statement of your reasons for graduate study must be submitted either as part of your on-line application to the Graduate School or as a document mailed to the Curriculum and Instruction Graduate Program. The statement should indicate the graduate Area of Study within the department in which you intend to concentrate, your professional objectives and career goals, and your reasons for wishing to pursue a Ph.D. degree in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. This information is used to ascertain the appropriateness of your program goals in relation to the department's mission and to identify a faculty member who may serve as your major professor (graduate advisor).
  • GRE Scores. Have Graduate Records Examination (GRE) General Test scores not older than five years sent directly from Educational Testing Service (ETS) to University of Wisconsin-Madison (institution code: 1846).
  • Three Letters of Recommendations. All Ph.D. degree applications must be supported by written recommendations from three (3) persons qualified to judge the potential of the applicant as a graduate student. Writers of reference letters may send them directly to the Curriculum & Instruction Graduate Program Office; however, writers may find it faster and more convenient to submit their recommendations electronically. Visit the Graduate School's on-line application for instructions on how to have letters of recommendation to be submitted electronically.
  • Writing Sample. Ph.D. applicants are required to provide evidence of their writing ability by sending a writing sample (master's thesis, academic paper from a graduate course, a journal article, or any other writing which the applicant believes can be used to judge writing ability). It should be uploaded to the supplemental application found at the Graduate School online application.
  • Resume or curriculum vitae (cv).
    Resumes should be uploaded to the supplemental application found at the Graduate School online application.
  • International Students. International applicants whose native language is not English must submit recent (not older than two years) results of a Test of English as a Second Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB). A score of at least 92 on TOEFL's Internet-Based Test (IBT), 7 on the IELTS, or 82 on the MELAB is expected by both the Department and the Graduate School. Applicants with a lower score are sometimes admitted; this, however, is a rare event because prospective advisors, the Graduate Program Committee, the Department faculty, and the Graduate School must all concur for it to happen. The Department required that any student who obtained a TOEFL Total Score less than 92 or a TOEFL subtest score less than 21 take upon arrival the English as a Second Language Assessment Test (ESLAT), which is administered by UW-Madison's Program in English as a Second Language (ESL). If the Program in English as a Second Language then recommends enrollment in specific ESL courses, the student must enroll in the recommended courses.

M.S. Applicants

  • Transcripts​:  Unofficial transcripts will be required in the online application.  The transcripts should include all previous collegiate work from each undergraduate and graduate institution attended. The Graduate School will request official transcripts if an applicant is recommended for admission by the department.  (Applicants should not mail official transcripts to Curriculum and Instruction.)
  • Statement of Reasons for Graduate Study. A detailed statement of your reasons for graduate study must be submitted either as part of your on-line application to the Graduate School or as a document mailed to the Curriculum and Instruction Graduate Program. The statement should indicate the graduate Area of Study within the department in which you intend to concentrate, your professional objectives and career goals, and your reasons for wishing to pursue a M.S. degree in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. This information is used to ascertain the appropriateness of your program goals in relation to the department's mission and to identify a faculty member who may serve as your major professor (graduate advisor).
  • GRE Scores. Have Graduate Records Examination (GRE) General Test scores not older than five years sent directly from Educational Testing Service (ETS) to University of Wisconsin-Madison (institution code: 1846). This requirement is waived for Master’s-degree applicants whose overall undergraduate grade point average was 3.00 or higher (on a 4-point scale).
  • Three Letters of Recommendations: All M.S. degree applications must be supported by written recommendations from three (3) persons qualified to judge the potential of the applicant as a graduate student. Writers of reference letters may send them directly to the Curriculum & Instruction Graduate Program Office; however, writers may find it faster and more convenient to submit their recommendations electronically. Visit the Graduate School's on-line application for instructions on how to have letters of recommendation to be submitted electronically.
  • Resume or curriculum vitae (cv).
    Resumes should be uploaded to the supplemental application found at the Graduate School online application.
  • International Students: International applicants whose native language is not English must submit recent (not older than two years) results of a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB). A score of at least 92 on TOEFL's Internet-Based Test (IBT), 7 on the IELTS, or 82 on the MELAB is expected by both the Department and the Graduate School. Applicants with a lower score are sometimes admitted; this, however, is a rare event because prospective advisors, the Graduate Program Committee, the Department faculty, and the Graduate School must all concur for it to happen. The Department requires that any student who obtained a TOEFL Total Score less than 92 or a TOEFL subtest score less than 21 take upon arrival the English as a Second Language Assessment Test (ESLAT), which is administered by UW-Madison's Program in English as a Second Language (ESL). If the Program in English as a Second Language then recommends enrollment in specific ESL courses, the student must enroll in the recommended courses.

M.S. Applicants

- With Teacher Certification
  • Transcripts.  Unofficial transcripts will be required in the online application.  The transcripts should include all previous collegiate work from each undergraduate and graduate institution attended. The Graduate School will request official transcripts if an applicant is recommended for admission by the department.  (Applicants should not mail official transcripts to Curriculum and Instruction.)
  • Statement of Reasons for Graduate Study. A detailed statement of your reasons for graduate study must be submitted either as part of your on-line application to the Graduate School. The statement should indicate the graduate Subject Area of Study  the applicant intends to pursue for licensure, professional objectives and career goals, and reasons for wishing to pursue a M.S. degree with teacher certification. This information is used to ascertain the appropriateness of applicant program goals in relation to the department's mission and to identify the subject area faculty member who may serve as graduate advisor.
  • GRE Scores. Have Graduate Records Examination (GRE) General Test scores not older than ​ten years sent directly from Educational Testing Service (ETS) to University of Wisconsin-Madison (institution code: 1846). If scores are older than 5 years, additional testing materials will be requested
  • Two to Three Letters of Recommendations: All M.S. degree applications must be supported by written recommendations from at least two (2) persons qualified to judge the potential of the applicant as a graduate student or as a teacher, up to three (3) will be accepted. During the application process, applicants will be asked to provide the name and email address of people writing a recommendation letter on their behalf. Visit the Graduate School's on-line application for instructions on how the letters of recommendation will be submitted.
  • Resume or curriculum vitae (cv).
  • International Students: International applicants whose native language is not English must submit recent (not older than two years) results of a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB). A score of at least 92 on TOEFL's Internet-Based Test (IBT), 7 on the IELTS, or 82 on the MELAB is expected by both the Department and the Graduate School. Applicants with a lower score are sometimes admitted; this, however, is a rare event because prospective advisors, the Graduate Program Committee, the Department faculty, and the Graduate School must all concur for it to happen. The Department requires that any student who obtained a TOEFL Total Score less than 92 or a TOEFL subtest score less than 21 take upon arrival the English as a Second Language Assessment Test (ESLAT), which is administered by UW-Madison's Program in English as a Second Language (ESL). If the Program in English as a Second Language then recommends enrollment in specific ESL courses, the student must enroll in the recommended courses.

Tuition & Fees

Tuition and fee rates are adjusted annually. For current tuition and fee information, visit the  Office of the Registrar’s  website. Information on projected expenses for international students can be found on the  International Financial Statement form . The form is only for informational purposes – applicants are not required to fill it out for the application packet.

Funding

Funding is sometimes available to students in the form of departmental assistantships (teaching assistant, project assistant, or research assistant positions).

For more financial assistance information, visit the Office of Student Financial Aid website.

Special Service

Disabled students may get information about learning aids, transportation, medical attendants, parking, building access, housing, library services, etc., from the McBurney Disability Resource Center website.

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