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Adhere to the Department Application Deadlines listed below rather than the Graduate School Deadlines linked to the Online Application



APPLICATION DEADLINES                       

Graduate Admission 


                          




Special Student Admission

Office of Adult Career and Special Students



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 theGraduateSchool'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.

     






                      



Ph.D.

Domestic and International

Application Deadline:  December 1
Admission for following summer or fall
Admission Decisions made in February 


DOMESTIC STUDENTS ONLY
Educational Specialist Certificate Program 

Application Deadlines:
Fall Admission 
November 1
April 1
July 1

Spring Admission
November 1

Summer Admission
March 1
April 1  





     
     


Wisconsin Idea
Executive Ph.D.Cohort

Domestic Only

Application Deadline:January 1


Program begins fall 2018

     

   





 

DOMESTIC ​APPLICANTS ONLY
Master's K12 Leadership Social Justice 
Cohort

Application Deadline:  February 1
Summer Admission Only
New Cohort Begins Every Summer


 



DOMESTIC APPLICANTS ONLY

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

Also requires admission at UW-Whitewater as a
special student. Contact UW-Whitewater Graduate School.

On-Going
Application Deadlines:

Fall Admission Deadlines
November 1
April 1
July 1

Spring Admission Deadlines
November 1

Summer Admission Deadlines
March 1
April 1

​DOMESTIC ​APPLICANTS
Global Higher Education Master's Program

FALL ADMISSION ONLY

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 ​APPLICANTS
Global Higher Education Master's
Program

Fall Admission Only

Apply July 1 - December 1
Consider in January

Apply December 2 - March 1
Consider in March

Apply March 2 - ​March 31
Consider in April

DOMESTIC ​APPLICANTS

Master's
Strand: Higher, Postsecondary and Continuing Education
OR Educational Policy

Application Deadlines:
Fall Admission
November 1
April 1
July 1

Spring Admission
November 1

Summer Admission
March 1
April 1


INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS

Master's
Strand: Higher, Postsecondary and Continuing Education
OR Educational Policy

Application Deadlines:
Fall Admission Only
November 1
​April 1


​Application Process


​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 strand within the Departmentfor are applying to:

K12 Leadership
Higher, Postsecondary and Continuing Education
Educational Policy
Global Higher Education
UW-Whitewater Cooperative Program



Documents to Upload to your Online Application

  • essay (reason for study)  (see below)
  • 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



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). 


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).

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.


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).

 

 

Master's Applicants
"REASON FOR STUDY" 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[http://www.education.wisc.edu/elpa], to review the program literature, to talk with our alumni and current students, and to interact with members of the faculty and staff.)

There are three strands within the department.  At the top of your essay indicate the strand you are applying to:

K12 Leadership

Higher, Postsecondary and Continuing Education
       Master's Applicants Should Indicate the Strand and One of the Concentrations Below
       -Student Affairs Administration
       -Two-Year Colleges
       -Athletic Administration

Educational Policy

  Master's Degree applicants (Higher, Postsecondary and Continuing Education AND Educational Policy Strands) and Educational Specialist Certificate applicants should address the following questions in an essay that does 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.

  Applicants applying to the Masters in K-12 Leadership Cohort with a focus on Social Justice Leadership should address the following questions not the questions listed above.

  • 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.

Doctoral Applicants 

"REASON FOR STUDY" ESSAY  

should address the following questions in an essay that does not exceed three pages (single or double spaced).

Each applicant must submit a "Reasons for Study" essay. (As you prepare your responses, we invite you to review the information on our website[http://www.education.wisc.edu/elpa], to review the program literature, to talk with our alumni and current students, and to interact with members of the faculty and staff.)

There are three strands within the department.  At the top of your essay indicate the strand you are applying to:

K12 Leadership
Higher, Postsecondary and Continuing Education
Educational Policy

  • 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 and that 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 interests that are consistent 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.

 

 INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS           


English Proficiency Requirements
All electronic test scores should be submitted to       
institution code 1846.                           
International Student Visa Information 

International Applicant Financial Information  

 

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. 

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Revised ​September 2017
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