UW-Platteville’s Mission

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville provides associate, baccalaureate, and master’s degree programs in a broad spectrum of disciplines including: science, technology, engineering, and mathematics; criminal justice; education; business; agriculture; and the liberal arts. We promote excellence by using a personal, hands-on approach to empower each student to become broader in perspective, intellectually more astute, ethically more responsible, and to contribute wisely as an accomplished professional and knowledgeable citizen in a diverse global community.


UW-Platteville will be recognized as the leading student-focused university for its success in achieving excellence, creating opportunities, and empowering each individual.

Mission of the School of Graduate Studies

The purpose of the School of Graduate Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville is to coordinate and oversee high quality, practitioner-oriented graduate programs whose goal is to provide degree-seeking and non-degree-seeking students with advanced educational preparation.

History of Distance Learning

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville has a long rich history. Founded in 1866, with the primary goal of training teachers, the university has grown and expanded steadily. Today, the School of Graduate Studies serves graduate students on campus and online as described in this catalog. UW-Platteville entered distance education in 1979 when a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration was offered in a print format to working adults throughout Wisconsin. In 1996, the program extended its reach to adults throughout the United States.

The Internet paved the way to online learning, and in 1999 the university started an online program for a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, as well as master’s degrees in criminal justice, engineering, and project management. In the fall of 2012, three master’s degree programs were added: Organizational Change Leadership, Integrated Supply Chain Management, and Distance Education Leadership.

Research Involving Human Subjects

All research projects—funded or unfunded, originated at or supported by UW-Platteville—that involve humans as participants, or data or materials derived from humans, must be reviewed and approved by the Institutional Review Board for Human Subject Research (IRB) before the research is initiated.
Students must prepare a research protocol, describing their project and addressing human participant issues, and then submit the protocol to the IRB Chair for review.

Students may obtain a Manual of Policies and Procedures to review research involving human participants from the Chair of the IRB, the Office of Sponsored Programs (608.342.1456), or online at www.uwplatt.edu/files/sponsored-programs/IRB/irb_manual13.pdf. Other IRB information, including protocol forms and names of the IRB committee members, may also be found online.

The University Seal and School Colors

The university seal displays two symbols rooted in the school’s beginning. The bell reminds us of the Platteville Normal School where it woke the students each morning, calling them to daily assembly, sounded study hours, and signaled the day’s end. The Normal School bell can still be heard on campus today. The “M” originates from the Wisconsin Mining School and symbolizes the engineering programs and their roots in the mining industry of the Platteville area.

The school colors represent the two academic disciplines, which were the foundation of our university: orange symbolizes engineering, and blue symbolizes education.