Admission Requirements

PhD Admission

Completed applications received by January 15th for the following academic year will be given first consideration. For complete details on Graduate School Admission Requirements, please visit the UWM Graduate School website.

Admission Requirements

An applicant must meet Graduate School requirements plus these departmental requirements to be considered for admission to the program in regular status:

  • Have a cumulative GPA in course work for the Master's degree of at least 3.5 and an undergraduate GPA of 3.0. Applicants possessing a Master of Library and Information Science (or an equivalent degree) are preferred. Applicants with a master’s degree in an allied discipline are encouraged to apply, but must complete the four required courses of the MLIS program in addition to the regular course requirements.

  • Submit verbal and quantitative scores for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) taken within the past five years.

  • Submit three letters of recommendation from qualified persons who can attest to the applicant’s aptitude for doctoral study. At least one letter must be from an academic.

  • Submit a writing sample that demonstrates the applicant's analytical and critical thinking skills. This may take the form of a published research paper, term paper from a previous graduate program, or earlier completed thesis.

  • Applicants are encouraged to bring at least two years of relevant professional experience prior to entering the PhD program.

Applicants lacking the requisite GPA or academic area may be considered for admission on probation, and may be required to complete preparatory coursework.

Graduate School Application Checklist

The Graduate School requires the following material for all graduate programs:

  1. UWM Graduate School Online Application
    Upon submitting your application you will receive an e-mail from the university, explaining how to check the status of your application on our PAWS online student information system.
  2. One copy of Transcripts (directly from each institution you attended)
  3. Reason(s) for Graduate Study Statement
  4. Proof of English Language Proficiency
    (Receipt of a baccalaureate or higher degree from UWM or another approved institution where English is the sole language of instruction; minimum TOEFL score of 550; minimum IELTS score of 6.5 or higher) Please see UWM Graduate School or CIE website for more details.
  5. Application fee

For complete details on Graduate School Admission Requirements, please visit: http://www.graduateschool.uwm.edu/students/prospective/admission/

School of Information Studies Application Checklist

An applicant must meet Graduate School requirements plus these departmental requirements to be considered for admission to the program in regular status:

  1. SOIS Ph.D. Application Form
  2. Have a cumulative GPA in course work for the Master's degree of at least 3.5 and an undergraduate GPA of 3.0. Applicants possessing a Master of Library and Information Science (or an equivalent degree) are preferred. Applicants with a master’s degree in an allied discipline are encouraged to apply, but must complete the four required courses of the MLIS program in addition to the regular course requirements.
  3. Submit verbal and quantitative scores for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) taken within the past five years.
  4. Submit three letters of recommendation from qualified persons who can attest to the applicant’s aptitude for doctoral study. At least one letter must be from an academic who holds faculty status at a university or college and possesses an earned doctorate.
  5. Submit a writing sample that demonstrates the applicant's analytical and critical thinking skills. This may take the form of a published research paper, term paper from a previous graduate program, or earlier completed thesis.
  6. Applicants are encouraged to bring at least two years of relevant professional experience prior to entering the PhD program

Your SOIS application form, GRE scores, letters of recommendation, and writing sample should be sent directly to the School of Information Studies at:

School of Information Studies
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
P.O. Box 413
Milwaukee, WI  U.S.A. 53201

Applicants lacking the requisite GPA or academic area may be considered for admission on probation, and may be required to complete preparatory coursework.


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