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Sandy Onsrud
Admissions Specialist for applicants with family names starting with the letters A through Hz
608-262-6749
sonsrud@grad.wisc.edu

Debbie Klimek
Admissions Specialist for applicants with family names starting with the letters I through Ozz
608-890-0318
dklimek@grad.wisc.edu

Kasey Fiske
Admissions Specialist for applicants with family names starting with the letters P through Zz
608-262-8811
fiske@grad.wisc.edu

Randy Tackett
International Credentials Evaluator
608-262-0805
rtackett@grad.wisc.edu

Judy Bauman
Director of Admissions
608-262-2433
bauman@grad.wisc.edu

Students study outdoors during summer at the Plaza, an outdoor seating area at the Union South.

People sit outdoors in the sun and study with their laptop computer at The Plaza, an outdoor seating area at the Union South building

Application Process at a Glance

Each program has its own deadline, admission committee, and recommendation process.  Questions regarding the review process should be directed to the program.  Below is a step-by-step description of the application process.

Submit application online

Send materials to your program

  • Application materials include official transcripts or academic records from each institution you attended, statement of purpose, and letters of recommendation. Additional application materials, which vary by program, may include: test scores (GRE and TOEFL/IELTS/MELAB), portfolios, tapes, CDs, and publications.  All electronic test scores should be sent to institution code 1846.
  • Many programs now accept only electronic documents as part of the application. Check with your program for verification before starting your application.
  • Your application materials are reviewed by your program’s admission committee.
  • Watch your application status page through MyUW for missing checklist items or additional information.
  • Activate your NetID in MyUW to ensure continued processing of your application.   Contact webapp@grad.wisc.edu if you do not receive the email with instructions within two days of final submission of your application.

Follow online status check page

  • Watch your application status page through MyUW for missing checklist items or additional information.
  • Any requests for information or changes in your status during the program’s review will be noted on the page.
  • If you have questions regarding the status of your application during this time, contact the program directly. 

Program decision and follow-up

  • Each program has its own admission committee, and therefore the time frames for application reviews and decisions vary.
  • If you are recommended for admission by your program, this will be noted as an "update" within the status check section of MyUW.  At this point the program will send your transcript(s) to the Graduate School for final review. 
  • The Graduate School admissions staff will review your application once they have received your official transcript(s). They make final admissions based on minimum requirements.

Domestic students

  • Admission is finalized and the official admission letter is sent.

International students

Proof of funding

  • Proof of funding is requested and verified by the Graduate School.  Funding sources may be the program, applicant, government, employer, individual, or a combination of these.
  • Additional information will be requested through your online status check page.

Verify

  • Financial documentation is received, verified, and approved by the Graduate School. 
  • Admission is finalized.
  • After processing, the formal admission letter and visa documents are sent to the student.

Documents for visa appointment

  • The Graduate School does not use express mail. Expect delivery to take four to five weeks.
  • Refer to your individual status check page for details on your visa documents.

Follow online status check page