University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

School of Freshwater Sciences

Application Deadlines

MS Thesis track:
   Spring 2015 deadline
   - October 1, 2014
   Fall 2015 deadline
   - January 16, 2015

Professional Science track (applications will be reviewed in two batches each term):
   Spring 2015 deadlines
   - October 15, 2014
   - December 1, 2014
   Fall 2015 deadlines
   - February 15, 2015
   - April 1, 2015

MS Application Information

Prospective students are strongly encouraged to identify and communicate with potential major advisor(s) early in the application process.


APPLICATION DEADLINES

Please note that mailing and receipt of official transcripts, letters of recommendation, and GRE exam results frequently takes several weeks. Students are advised to begin the application process early to ensure that completed applications are received by the deadline.

Professional Science track applicants: 
We suggest you submit your application as early as possible, as soon as you have made the decision to apply. Early application allows for timely application processing. Students may begin in the Fall or Spring terms. Applications will be reviewed in two batches, and applicants will be informed of the decision 4-6 weeks after application deadlines (deadlines specified on the right).

THESIS TRACK

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
An applicant must meet all UWM Graduate School admission requirements in addition to the requirements of the School of Freshwater Sciences listed below to be considered for the Master’s Thesis track program. Applicants must meet these criteria before applying.

  • A bachelor's degree in biology, chemistry, economics, geosciences, mathematics, physics, public policy, or other appropriate natural science, social science or engineering discipline from an approved accredited institution
  • An undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 (4.0 basis).
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) taken within the last 5 years.
Core science courses require the following prerequisites.
    • One semester each: chemistry, biological sciences, physics, and calculus.
    • One additional semester chemistry, biological sciences, or physics.

For more information about admission requirements, please contact Tim Grundl, grundl@uwm.edu.

HOW TO APPLY

Submit to the Graduate School

  • Application processing fee

  • One copy of transcripts (directly from each institution you attended)

  • Reasons Statement - Master's applicants must indicate the track--Thesis or Professional Science--to which they are applying and the specific intended focus of their studies.

  • GRE scores - The UWM code is 1473; the SFS departmental code is 508

Submit to the School of Freshwater Sciences

  • Three letters of recommendation from persons who can evaluate the applicant's potential for success in the Master's program in Freshwater Sciences. Download the Letter of Recommendation form [doc] to be included with the submitted recommendation letters.

Additional requirements for International Applicants



PROFESSIONAL SCIENCE TRACK

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
An applicant must meet all UWM Graduate School admission requirements in addition to the requirements of the School of Freshwater Sciences listed below to be considered for the Master’s Professional Science track program. Applicants must meet these criteria before applying.

  • A bachelor's degree in biology, chemistry, economics, geosciences, mathematics, physics, public policy, or other appropriate natural science, social science or engineering discipline from an approved accredited institution
  • An undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 (4.0 basis)
Core science courses require the following prerequisites.
    • One semester each: chemistry, biological sciences, physics, and calculus.
    • One additional semester chemistry, biological sciences, or physics.

For more information about admission requirements, please contact Tim Grundl, grundl@uwm.edu.

HOW TO APPLY

Submit to the Graduate School

  • Application processing fee

  • One copy of transcripts (directly from each institution you attended)

  • Reasons Statement - Master's applicants must indicate the track--Thesis or Professional Science--to which they are applying and the specific intended focus of their studies

Submit to the School of Freshwater Sciences

  • Three letters of recommendation from persons who can evaluate the applicant's potential for success in the doctoral program in Freshwater Sciences. Download the Letter of Recommendation form [doc] to be included with the submitted recommendation letters.

Additional requirements for International Applicants

NON-DEGREE CANDIDATE (NDC) ADMISSION

This admission category (also referred to as Graduate Special) is used for the following:

  • To enroll in classes without pursuing a degree.
  • To prove your ability for success in graduate school when your overall GPA falls below the University admission requirements. (Note: NDC status does not guarantee admission to or enrollment in a graduate degree program).

It is possible to take graduate level credits as an NDC prior to admission to the SFS programs and have them count toward the degree. The limit to the number of such credits is 12. These credits must be approved by the UWM Graduate School and SFS in order to be counted toward the degree.

For complete details on NDC admission, please visit the UWM Graduate School website.