About UW–Madison Graduate School

Strengths build on one another at the University of Wisconsin–Madison Graduate School. World-class education combines with a powerful research engine and talented people at UW–Madison to create an engaged community of scholars uncovering new knowledge.

Welcome

Dean William Karpus welcomes you to the University of Wisconsin. More »

Mission & Vision Statement

Our mission is “To foster excellence in graduate education”. More »

Leadership Team

Meet our leadership team and we are here to help. More »

University of Wisconsin–Madison Graduate School

Advancing Knowledge through Education and Research

The combination of a superb graduate education and one of the world’s most successful research enterprises is the signature of the Graduate School at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

The Graduate School is part of the office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education. Click here to view the organizational chart.

Graduate degree programs at UW–Madison result in a net brain gain for the state – and jobs for about three in four Ph.D. candidates even before they complete their doctoral program, according to data collected by the Graduate School of graduating master’s and doctoral degree recipients.

Seventy-two percent of UW–Madison doctoral candidates surveyed who hoped to find employment upon graduation had signed a contract or a definite commitment for employment with 89 percent of those finding employment in their specific doctoral field.

Visit the Graduate School’s Academic Program pages for a complete listing of exit survey career outcomes and program statistical information about admissions, enrollment, student funding, and degrees.

Graduate School Fast Facts:

William Karpus — Dean of the Graduate School

Academic Offerings

  • 165 programs at the master's level (fall 2016)
  • 102 programs at the doctoral level (fall 2016)

Enrollment for 2016

  • Total students enrolled: 9,165 (fall 2016)
  • International students: 2,623 (fall 2016)

Annual Degrees Conferred

  • Doctorate: 845 (2015-2016)
  • MFA: 37 (2015-2016)
  • Master's: 1,981 (2015-2016)

Graduate Student Direct Support

Funding provided to UW–Madison by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation supports many graduate students via fellowships and research assistantships.

For university-wide Fast Facts click here.

Our Unique Approach


The Graduate School’s unique approach to discovery, our way of doing research and scholarship and our commitment to the future, as witnessed by the work of our graduate students. More »

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