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Global Higher Education MS Program 

​How to Apply

(For more information, please contact Program Director Prof. Dr. Weijia Li.)

GHE Application Deadlines

December 1 (priority deadline for international and domestic students)
March 1
(general deadline international and domestic students)
March 31
(space available deadline for international students only)
July 1
(space available deadline for domestic students only)

Admission Requirement

  • A minimum undergraduate grade-point average (GPA) of 3.25.
  • A bachelor's degree is required. ​
  • For international applicants: The required English proficiency scores are: Minimum TOEFL requirement: 92 internet (iBT). Or, minimum IELTS requirement: 7.0. Under certain circumstances, with program approval, admission may be granted with a IELTS score of 6.5.*
  • GRE scores are not required.
  • Graduate School Admission Requirement
  • Department Admission Requirement
* ​In order to be admitted, an English assessment test (ESLAT) will be required upon arrival, and any recommended English as a Second Language (ESL) course must be completed successfully in your first semester.

Where and how to apply

To apply for the GHE program, you will need to complete the online application form through the Graduate School homepage. https://www.gradsch.wisc.edu/eapp/eapp.pl
​Please create your own account and then follow the instruction on the website.

  • In the section of “​Program Select”, you must enroll for Fall semester and select

    "Ed Leadership & Policy Analysis MS– Global Higher Ed" as your “Intended Field of Study”. Be aware that "Ed Leadership & Policy Analysis MS– Global Higher Ed" and "Ed Leadership & Policy Analysis MS" are ​separate graduate programs. Only applications ​that identify "Ed Leadership & Policy Analysis MS– Global Higher Ed" as the intended field of study will be considered for admission to the Global Higher Education Master's program.

  • In the “Supplemental Application” section, as your area of interest, please select or type: Higher, Postsecondary, and Continuing Education.

Required Documents (The ​following documents must be uploaded to your online application)

  • Unofficial transcripts. Transcripts are analyzed to determine undergraduate grade point averages (GPA). In addition, transcripts are examined to determine past academic concentrations, the pattern of courses taken, and the trend of grades received. No GPA renders an applicant automatically admissible or inadmissible. Attention: You will need to send official transcripts should you be recommended for admission to our program. International academic records must be in the original language accompanied by an official English translation.
  • Resume/CV.
  • Three letters of recommendation. We require recommendations from three (3) people who are qualified to evaluate the academic and professional competence of the applicant.  When completing your online application to the Graduate School, you will submit the names and emails of those you wish to submit letters of recommendation for you. The recommendations will then be submitted electronically.
  • Essay (reason for study). Each applicant must submit a "Reasons for Study" essay. At the top of your essay clearly indicate that you are applying to Global Higher Education MS Program. See below the instructions for writing the reason for study essay.
    None of the above documents will be accepted via mail or email.

Instructions for writing the GHE "Reason for Study" Essay

When writing your "​Reason for Study" essay for the GHE program, please write "Global Higher Education MS program" on the top of your essay. Then, please expand upon the following areas:
1. Identify Global Higher Education as your area of interest
2. Why are you interested in a master's degree focusing on Global Higher Education? What are your career goals?
3. What are your expectations from the Global Higher Education program? How will this program contribute to your professional objectives?
4. What can you contribute to the program and other cohort students, (such as your experiences, your ​knowledge in global, international higher education)?

Financial Assistance

The GHE program does not offer financial support along with admission. Students desiring assistantships and other work experience at the university are encouraged to search and apply for positions through the UW Student Job Center. For information on how to find and apply for graduate assistantships, please read: Graduate School Funding Available. Domestic students may apply for federal student aid (FAFSA) or for private loans.

International applicant financial information


Frequently Asked Questions

Which deadline should I follow?
There are ​three admission periods for domestic and international students. For domestic students: December 1, March 1, and July 1. For international students: December 1 and March 1

Do I need to take the GRE?
No, the GRE is not an admission requirement of the GHE program. However, those students wishing to pursue a Ph.D. afterwards should be aware of Ph.D. admission requirements.

Can I apply for financial assistance through the Global Higher Education program or through ELPA?
The GHE program can not offer financial support along with the admission. However, some of our students find assistantships in ELPA or (in many cases) other departments/offices elsewhere at the university. For information on how to find and apply for graduate assistantships, please read: Graduate School Funding Available. Domestic students may apply for federal student aid (FAFSA) or for private loans.

Are there any special instructions when I apply online?

  • It is important to indicate that you are applying for the Global Higher Education MS program at the top of your essay
  • In the “Application Information” section, you must enroll for Fall semester and select Ed Leadership & Pol Analysis MS – Global Higher Education as your “Intended Field of Study”.
  • In the “Supplemental Application” section, select Higher, Postsecondary and Continuing Education as your area of interest, or just leave it blank.


For more information, please contact
Program Director Prof. Dr. Weijia Li
(wli255@wisc.edu)
Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis
University of Wisconsin-Madison
253E Education Building
1000 Bascom Mall
Madison, WI 53706

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