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.


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 »

Graduate Education Reports

Statistical profiles by division and program, as well as the annual report. 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 Graduate School organizational chart.

Over half of our master’s degree recipients and nearly a quarter of our doctoral awardees stay in the state after graduation, a net gain that brings an innovative edge to our state’s economy, according to data collected by the Graduate School of graduating master’s and doctoral degree recipients.

According to the most current 2016 Survey of Earned Doctorates (SED) data, 75 percent of UW-Madison Ph.D. recipients had secured jobs or were in negotiation at the time of graduation.

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

  • 156 master's programs
  • 4 MFA programs
  • 109 doctoral programs

Enrollment for 2016

  • Total students enrolled: 9,153 (fall 2016)
  • International students: 2,619 (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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