University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

School of Freshwater Sciences

Application Deadlines

Spring 2015 application deadline:

October 1, 2014

Fall 2015 application deadline:

January 16, 2015

PhD Application Information

Ph.D. applicants are strongly encouraged to communicate with prospective major professors early in the admission process. Appointment of a major professor will be based on compatibility between a student’s preferred research area or area of specialization and a professor’s area of specialization.

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.

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 PhD 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).
  • Satisfactory scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
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 contact Tim Grundl,


Submit to the Graduate School

  • Application processing fee

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

  • Reasons Statement

  • 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 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

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.