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APPLICATION DEADLINES AND APPLICATION PROCESS                                                                                                                                                  



In keeping with the department's mission and strategic plan, admissions will be based on a holistic view of each candidate with special attention to the potential for success in the desired program of study evidenced in the documentation provided.​

The applicant must meet both the Department's and the Graduate School's criteria for admission. Admission to the Department is the first step and does not guarantee admission to the Graduate School. Exceptions to the Graduate School's requirement of at least a 3.0 undergraduate grade point average are limited.The Department will obtain your application from the Graduate School. There is one application fee paid to the Graduate School.

Admissions Decisions

A favorable vote of the Department faculty is required for the Department to recommend admission to the Graduate School. Upon admission, a member of the faculty of the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis will be assigned to serve as your initial advisor. Because of the volume of applications received by the department, qualified students must sometimes be denied admission. Those denied admission are welcome to reapply during the next admissions cycle.



APPLICATION DEADLINES BY PROGRAM                                                                                                                                                             


Ph.D.

Deadline:  December 1
Domestic and International
Admission for Following summer or fall
No spring admission
Admission decisions made in February               

Wisconsin Idea

Executive Ph.D.Cohort

Domestic Only
​Applications currently closed

Anticipated start date for next cohort is
Fall 2021 with an application deadline of             
December 1, 2020.                                                

Educational Specialist Certificate Program

Domestic Only
Application Deadlines:
November 1- fall/spring admission
April 1 - summer admission


Master's K12 Leadership ​Cohort         

SUMMER ADMISSION ONLY

Domestic Applicants Only
Application Deadline:April 1
New Cohort Begins Every Summer

     


Global Higher Education Master's Program

FALL ADMISSION ONLY

Domestic Applicant Deadlines
Apply July 1 - December 1 - Consider in January
Apply December 2 - March 1 - Consider in March
Apply March 2 - July 1- Consider in July​

International Applicant Deadlines
Apply December 2 - March 1 - Consider in March
Apply March 2 - ​March 31 - Consider in April


Master's
Higher Education Strand
Educational Policy Strand

Domestic Applicant Deadlines
Fall Admission - November 1; April 1; July 1 
Spring Admission - November 1
Summer Admission - March 1; April 1

International ApplicantDeadlines

Fall Admission Only - November 1; April 1

 


Wisconsin Idea Principal Preparation Master's Cohort

SUMMER ADMISSION ONLY

Domestic Applicants Only
Application Deadline:April 1
New Cohort Begins Every Summer


Master's UW-Whitewater with
UW-Madison Cooperative K12 Leadership

Domestic Applicants Only

Application Deadlines
Fall Admission - November 1; April 1; July 1
Spring Admission - November 1
Summer Admission - March 1; April 1


Special Student Admission

Office of Adult Career and Special Students ​           
Non-degree seeking applicants.                 


​APPLICATION PROCESS                                                                                                     


Essay

The following provides information regarding what to ​address in your essay based upon the program applying to. Each applicant must submit a "Reasons for Study" essay. As you prepare your responses, we invite you to review the information on our website to review the program literature, to talk with our alumni and current students, and to interact with members of the faculty and staff.


  • Master's K12 Leadership Cohort and
    Wisconsin Idea Principal Preparation Program

    Applicants should address the following in their essay.

    If you have been nominated by your school district to apply to this program, name of nominating school district:
    Contact person/e-mail who would be familiar with your nomination:
    name/email
  • Describe evidence in your educational practice of your commitment to addressing equity/social justice issues and a desire to lead with a focus on eliminating inequities.
  • Describe evidence of your instructional excellence with a range of diverse learners.
  • Describe evidence of leadership excellence related to equity and diversity.
  • Is there anything else you would like us to know about why you would be an excellent candidate for this program focused on social justice.

 

Master's Higher Education, Educational Policy Analysis and Evaluation, or Educational Specialist Certificate

Applicants should address the following in their essay.

The essay should not exceed two pages (single or double spaced).
  • Your area of interest (task or functional area of administration)
  • Your career goals (i.e., why the applicant is interested in pursuing a degree in educational administration)
  • Your professional objectives and how the UW-Madison program will contribute toward the applicant's role as a school/institution leader (If seeking certification,be sure to explicitly state what certification or certifications are being sought.

 

Master’s Degree in Global Higher Education Cohort Program

Applicants should address the following in their essay.

  • Clearly identify Global Higher Education as your area of interest
  • Explain why you are interested in a master's degree focusing on Global Higher Education. What are your career goals? Tell us what kind of educational and/or international experiences may have inspired you to pursue a Master's degree in the field of international higher education.
  • What are your expectations from the Global Higher Education program? How will this program contribute to your professional objectives?
  • What can you contribute to the program and other cohort students, (such as your experiences, your ​knowledge in global, international higher education)?

Attention: You don't have to try to imitate the American style of a "Statement of Purpose" if this is not a common genre in your culture as we respect and celebrate the cultural diversities brought by applicants and students from around the world.

 


 

Ph.D. (Doctoral) Applicants

Applicants should address the following in their essay.

Each applicant must submit a "Reasons for Study" essay. As you prepare your responses, we invite you to review the information on our website to review the program literature, to talk with our alumni and current students, and to interact with members of the faculty and staff.  Ph.D. applicants should address the following in an essay that does not exceed three pages (single or double spaced).

  • What are your primary career goals and professional gaps you have identified as important for your intellectual and professional advancement over the next 5-10 years?
  • In what ways will these professional gaps be addressed through a doctoral program at UW-Madison?
  • Describe at least one research topic and/or project you plan to work on during your doctoral program.
  • As you will note, we are interested in developing and maintaining a diverse and engaged learning community. Please identify any unique or special contributions you will bring to this community.

"Strong" essay is characterized by:

  • A clear, thorough, well-organized essay that expresses ideas in a detailed and engaging manner.
  • Addresses all components of the instructions.
  • Paragraphs signal the divisions of thought and sentences flow with ideas in a logical sequence.
  • No (or very few) noticeable errors in composition.
  • The articulation of clear scholarly interests that are consistent with the department's mission andthat may expand knowledge within the field.

A "Satisfactory" essay is characterized by:

  • A detailed, well-organized essay.
  • Addresses all components of the instructions.
  • Paragraphs signal the major divisions of thought and sequence.
  • Few errors in composition.
  • The articulation of scholarly intereststhat areconsistent with the department's mission.

A "Weak" essay is characterized by:

  • A well-organized but insufficiently detailed essay.
  • Addresses some, but not all, of the components of the instructions.
  • Paragraphs do not contain main topics.
  • A distracting number of errors in composition or spelling (i.e. > 2-3 per page).
  • No articulation of scholarly interests.

​Program Selection

For domestic and international applicants, all materials must be received by the application deadline, not postmarked by the deadline.​ Incomplete applications will not be considered.​

Application instructions.
On the application under SUPPLEMENTARY APPLICATION, indicate which program/strand within the Department for are applying to:

K12 Leadership
Higher Education
Educational Policy Analysis and Evaluation (Policy)
Global Higher Education
UW-Whitewater Cooperative Program
Wisconsin Idea Principal Preparation Program

 

TRANSCRIPTS  --  DO NOT SEND ORIGINAL TRANSCRIPTS

Upload copies of unofficial transcripts to application.  You will ​be contacted by the Graduate School should you be recommended for admission to our program and at that time, office transcripts will be requested.  International academic records must be in the original language accompanied by an official English translation. DO NOT SEND TRANSCRIPTS UNTIL ADMISSION IS CONSIDERED AND YOU ARE NOTIFIED OF YOUR ADMISSION STATUS BY THE GRADUATE SCHOOL.

Transcripts are analyzed to determine both undergraduate and graduate grade point averages (UGPA and GGPA). 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. However, applicants who have a UGPA below 3.25 or a GGPA below 3.5 must submit a supporting document (see supporting documents). 



Additional Information International Applicants


English Proficiency Requirements
All electronic test scores should be submitted to
institution code 1846. 

International Student Visa Information 

International Applicant Financial Information  

Documents to Upload to your Online Application

  • essay (reason for study)  
  • unofficial transcripts
  • resume/CV
  • letters of recommendation (submitted electronically) 
  • supporting documentation (if required)

None of the above documents will be accepted via mail or email 


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.


SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION      

UPLOAD (IF REQUIRED) TO APPLICATION.

Applicants who earned an UGPA below 3.25 or a GGPA below 3.5 or a GRE score below 1100 points (old format) or 305 (new format)  (verbal and quantitative combined score) should provide additional explanation/documentation to support his/her admission (e.g. an explanation as to why scores do not accurately reflect potential, documentation of high potential for leadership, relevant experiences that affect their abilities to serve in leadership roles).


GRE SCORES

Required for Ph.D. ​NOT Master's.  

GRE SCORES SHOULD BE SUBMITTED TO INSTITUTION CODE 1846.

GRE scores must be received by the application deadlines. 

No GRE score renders an applicant automatically admissible or inadmissible. Candidates should be aware that the GRE web site indicates that the average combined verbal and quantitative combined score for those entering the field of educational administration is approximately 1100 points (maximum possible 1600) for those who completed the GRE prior to August 2011, and 305 (maximum possible 340) points for those taking the revised GRE beginning in August 2011. Applicants who score below 1100 points (old format) and 305 (revised format) must submit supporting documentation (see below).

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