University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

School of Freshwater Sciences

Application Deadlines

MS Thesis track:
   Spring 2014 deadline
   - October 1, 2013
   Fall 2014 deadline
   - January 16, 2014

Professional Science track:
   - Rolling Admissions

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: 
There is no specific application deadline for the MS Professional Science track program. 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 for the fall semester beginning in March.

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:

  • 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.

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:

  • 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)

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.