Admission Status

Applying for Admission - Degree Seeking

Students seeking admission to a graduate program at UW-Platteville as a degree seeking student must first apply for admission. You may apply online by using the UW System electronic application at https://apply.wisconsin.edu. There is an application processing fee of $56, which may be charged to a credit card. Applications will not be processed until the application fee is paid.  

Applicants must submit an official transcript from the institution awarding their undergraduate degree. Individual programs may have additional admission requirements; please review the program’s page in the catalog for program-specific admission requirements. The faculty in the program area will evaluate each application for admission. Recommendations for admission, including admission status, will be based on a number of factors such as academic background in specific areas, performance in specific areas, recommendations, and previous graduate work. UW-Platteville has the right to deny admission to a student based on the student’s prior academic standing at UW-Platteville or any other institution.

Admission Status

Upon being admitted, students will be classified in one of the following categories:

Full Standing

Full Standing – To be eligible for admission in full standing, a student must have an overall undergraduate grade point average of 2.75 or above; or 2.90 on the last 60 credits from the degree-granting institution.

Extended Review

If students do not meet the stated full standing requirements, an extended review will be conducted and the following requirements may be taken into consideration for full admission standing:

  • Bachelor’s degree GPA of 2.5-2.75
  • Graduate course work with a GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Nontraditional students (bachelors’ degree earned more than five years before date of application)
  • Degree in a non-related field
  • Degree from a non-U.S. institution of higher education

Students will be notified if they need to submit additional materials for review. For this extended review, students are required to submit a letter addressing how they will be successful in the program; including how the program will relate to their future career goals and/or how they have overcome barriers to past educational success. Interviews, letters of recommendation, and evidence of professional experience may also be requested.

Discretionary Enrollment

In the event a student meets admission for full standing with exception of having an undergraduate degree posted; a student may be admitted as a discretionary enrollment. Students will be allowed to enroll in classes, however an official transcript from the degree granting institution with the undergraduate degree posted, must be received prior to the first day of classes to remain enrolled.

Trial Enrollment

Students who do not qualify for admission in full standing may be admitted on trial enrollment. Trial enrollment admission status is to be used only in extraordinary cases. Admission as a trial enrollee must be justified by the admitting department and approved by the Assistant Provost of Graduate Programs, Assessment, Teaching and Distance Learning. Each program determines the number of credits contained in its trial enrollment period, up to nine credits of graduate course work. After a student has completed the minimum (as specified by their program area), the faculty in the program area recommend that the student’s status be changed to full standing or dismissal. The credits earned while on trial enrollment may be counted toward a degree if approved by the faculty in the program area.

Not Accepted

Students who are not eligible for admission are encouraged to take classes as a special student (please see Applying for Admission – Non-degree Seeking). Each program determines the number of credits that students should take as special students and the grade they must receive to be considered for admission in the future. Students should not take more than 12 credits as a special student.

Assignment of Advisor

An advisor will be assigned to each new degree-seeking graduate student by the program area upon the student’s admission. The Assistant Provost of Graduate Programs, Assessment, Teaching and Distance Learning will confirm the final approval of advisor assignments.