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Graduate Admission Process

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Admission to a particular degree program is based upon evaluation of the student's academic record and previous experience by the graduate faculty of the department or departments offering the program. In addition to a University application, some departments require their own application. Please see Graduate Academic Program Sheets for information on individual programs, program admission requirement and for department contacts. Listed below is a recommended sequence for applying to the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire:

1. Apply on-line at:

2. Schedule appropriate standardized tests if necessary such as (a) the GRE for those pursuing a Master of Science in Education-School Psychology, Master of Science in Communication Disorders or (b) the GRE or GMAT for those pursuing the Master of Business Administration.

3. Preferred deadlines for application and supporting documentation for most programs are July 1, December 1 and May 1 for Fall, Spring and Summer (respectively). Some programs have earlier deadlines: Communication Disorders - November 1 (online program) or February 1 (residential program); Nursing (DNP and MSN) - January 4 priority deadline (however, DNP and MSN applications accepted until seats filled); School Psychology - January 15; History and English - March 1. 

4. Wisconsin statutes require that a $56 application fee accompany each application for admission. Wisconsin law does not permit exemption or waiver of the application fee. The fees are non-refundable and not applicable to any other University fee or bill. Your application for admission will not be processed until the application fee has been received. You may pay be credit card when you apply on-line or checks should be made payable to the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

5. On the application, list all colleges and/or universities attended. Arrange to have one official copy of transcripts from each institution where you obtained a degree (except UW-Eau Claire) sent directly to the Admissions Office. UW-Eau Claire graduates or former students: the submission of the application constitutes authorization for the Admissions Office to request your UW-Eau Claire transcript from the Records Office; please do not request an official transcript. All transcripts become a part of your permanent file and cannot be returned.

6. Some graduate programs require letters of recommendation as part of their application for admission. Please refer to the Academic Program Sheet or website of the program you are applying or contact the Graduate Program Director for details. All letters of recommendation will be held confidential and will not be subject for review by the applicant.

7. To apply for a graduate assistantship, graduate fellowship, or the Advanced Opportunity Program (AOP), complete the online Graduate Assistantship/Fellowship/AOP Application. Applicants who have completed both an application for admission and the Graduate Assistantship/Fellowship/AOP application by March 1 will receive priority consideration for assistantships, fellowships, and AOP grants; however, assistantship/fellowship/AOP applications completed thereafter will continue to be considered on a rolling basis. Those applying for a graduate assistantship are required to submit three letters of recommendation. If you already supplied us with letters as part of your application for admission, you do NOT need to resend letters, but please specify on your GA application you would like us to use those same letters. All letters of recommendation will be held confidential and will not be subject for review by the applicant. Please recognize some programs have earlier deadlines when applying for admission (see preferred deadlines above).

8. Submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You may complete your FAFSA as early as January 2 for the upcoming fall semester, but it is recommended you complete it by April 15. For additional information or questions, please contact the Office of Financial Aid at 715-836-3373 or, or refer to the FAFSA  website at

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