IST Admissions

Bachelor's Degree Admission (IST)

To begin your program of study, you must first meet the standard University admission requirements and then you must apply to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee via the Online Application. Current UWM students can transfer into the IST program by meeting with an advisor and declaring IST as your major or minor.

Undergraduate Application Deadlines

UWM begins accepting undergraduate applications September 15 for the following fall term. For more information, visit UWM's Undergraduate Application Information Page.

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How to become an IST student

New Freshmen Students directly from high school or those with less than 12 college credits.

Students entering the IST program directly from high school or individuals who have less than 12 credits of higher education will follow the UW-Milwaukee New Freshmen Guidelines for Admission.

Please visit the UWM New Freshmen website for a complete guide to help you through the admission process.

Transfer StudentsStudents who have at least 12 college credits from another institution

The diverse student population of the IST program includes traditional, transfer, and adult/returning students who complete their degree onsite, online, or as a blend of both.

The Transfer Process

All application materials must be submitted and processed through the Department of Enrollment Services (DES). To apply to UWM, visit: - indicate Information Science & Technology as the desired program.

Upon admission to UWM, DES staff complete the transcript evaluation. At this point in the transfer process, it is important to contact the School of Information Studies (SOIS) front office staff at 414-229-4707 or 888-349-3432 to schedule an appointment with an IST advisor.

Transferable credits will be applied in order of institution attended. The maximum number of transfer credits from an accredited two-year institution is 72; therefore if you’ve attended multiple institutions, not all credits from an Associate degree may apply to transfer.  

Broad Based Transfer Agreement for Associate Degree Holders (PDF)

UW-System & Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS)

The Transfer Information System (TIS) is a resource for University of Wisconsin (UW) and Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) students to view how credits will transfer to any UW or WTCS campus. For current transferable course information, visit the TIS website Course Wizard at

IST Planning Form for Students with Technical College IT Associate Degree (PDF)

IST Planning Form for Students with UW College Associate Degree (PDF)

UWM College Connection

This collaborative program between UW-Milwaukee and UW College campuses, including UW Colleges Online, is designed so that students can earn their Bachelor degree from UWM after completion of their Associate degree. The first half of the degree is completed through the two-year UW College. Students then apply to UWM and take the IST core, upper level, cross-functional, and elective course requirements, therefore completing a bachelor's degree through UWM. This may be done online, onsite at UWM, or as a blend of both.

UW-College to IST Transfer Guide (PDF)

Learn more about the Online Education opportunities at SOIS>>

For more information on transferring, call 414-229-4707 or 888-349-3432 to speak with an advisor. For more information on transferring to UWM, please visit:
Online StudentsDegree completion option designed for student who are unable to take classes at UWM due to lifestyle or location.

Degree completion option designed for students who are unable to take classes onsite at UWM due to lifestyle or location. Students wishing to take classes online will follow the same admissions procedures as onsite students.

To learn more about what its like to be an online student, please visit the SOIS Online Education Resources Page. >>

Change of Major (Current UWM Students) Undeclared majors or students who have completed several semesters in another major wishing to begin the IST program.

Undeclared majors or students who have completed several semesters in another major wishing to begin the IST program can declare IST as their major by completing the SOIS Change of Major Form (PDF).

*Note: A minimum 2.0 GPA is required to enter the program and a minimum of 3 semesters will be needed to complete the IST degree.

Re-Entry StudentsStudents who have previously attended UWM, did not complete your degree and are seeking re-admittance.

The IST program welcomes students who have previously attended UWM, did not complete a degree and are seeking re-admittance. If you were once registered in an undergraduate program at UWM but have not attended for a full academic year, then you are a reentry student.

Please visit the UWM Re-Entry website for a complete guide to help you through the re-admittance process:

Second Baccalaureate Degree Students Students seeking a second bachelor's degree or certification.

If you are considering a career change and want to explore or develop a new area of interest, the IST program may be just what you are looking for. To complete the IST program as a second degree, 30 credits will be required.

Please review the IST Planning Form for Second Degree Students(PDF)

Students are also encouraged to look into our graduate program as an alternate option. We strongly encourage students to discuss their overall goals with an undergraduate IST advisor.

You can also find valuable information on the IST Career Outlook and Trends on the Career section of our website.

Please visit the UWM Second Undergraduate Degree Student website for a complete guide to help you through the admission process:

International StudentsStudents applying from outside the US.
International our scope is part of the motto of the School of Information Studies! Our international scope not only includes the world-wide presence of our faculty and teaching staff in their teaching and research, but it also includes the diversity of our international student body. SOIS welcomes and encourages students from all parts of the world to join our programs.

Please visit the UWM Center for International Education (CIE) website for a complete guide to help you through the international admissions process: