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Admissions

HBI considers applications on a rolling admissions basis, although we suggest that a completed portfolio be submitted at least 6-8 weeks prior to the beginning of the semester. If you are planning to apply for financial aid, all application materials must be submitted by March 1 of each year.

Admission to graduate programs is open to those with a bachelor’s degree whose cumulative undergraduate grade point average is 2.75 or higher. Submission requirements are as follows:

Master of Science in Nonprofit Management and Leadership

  • Application for admission
    • Complete the UWM Graduate School application form on-line at: apply.wisconsin.edu.
    • Your online application should include your rationale for graduate study and pursuit of a professional degree. Your reasons statement should reflect why you are interested in pursuing this particular program and how your career interests fit with the degree.
  • Evidence of a bachelor’s degree
    • One official transcript sent directly to the Graduate School from each undergraduate and graduate school attended. If you attended UWM as an undergraduate, the Graduate School will obtain transcripts from the UWM Undergraduate Records Office. Official transcripts must be sent directly to:
      • UWM Graduate School
        Admissions - 261 Mitchell Hall
        3203 N. Downer Avenue
        P.O. Box 340
        Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53201-0340
        (414) 229-6332
        e-mail: gradschool@uwm.edu
  • GRE or GMAT Scores
    • Scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) sent directly to the UWM Graduate School (mandatory). Visit the GRE website for more information about registration and preparation: www.gre.org. There is no minimum score requirement for admission, but preferred scores are at or above the 50th percentile for each section of the exam. The MPA Admissions Committee will also accept GMAT in lieu of GRE scores.
    • (GRE Institution Code: 1473)
  • Scores from Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) (if applicable)
  • Three letters of recommendation
    • Applicants are required to submit three letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with your academic and/or professional work. Any combination of academic and employer references is fine. Letters should be sent to the following address:
      • Department of Public and Nonprofit Administration
        University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
        P.O. Box 413
        Milwaukee, WI 53201

Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management

  • Application for admission
    • Complete the UWM Graduate School application form on-line at: apply.wisconsin.edu.
    • You should apply as a Non-Degree student in the Sheldon B. Lubar School of Business
    • Your online application should include your rationale for graduate study and pursuit of a professional degree. Your reasons statement should reflect why you are interested in pursuing this particular program and how your career interests fit with the degree.
  • Evidence of a bachelor’s degree
    • One official transcript sent directly to the Graduate School from each undergraduate and graduate school attended. If you attended UWM as an undergraduate, the Graduate School will obtain transcripts from the UWM Undergraduate Records Office. Official transcripts must be sent directly to:
      • UWM Graduate School
        Admissions - 261 Mitchell Hall
        3203 N. Downer Avenue
        P.O. Box 340
        Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53201-0340
        (414) 229-6332
        e-mail: gradschool@uwm.edu
  • Declaration of Intent
    • A Declaration of Intent (pdf) to complete the Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management must be completed by the student and sent to:
      • Department of Public and Nonprofit Administration
        University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
        P.O. Box 413
        Milwaukee, WI 53201

Please contact the Helen Bader Institute at hbi-info@uwm.edu if you have any questions or need additional information.