Congrats on starting the journey toward your future with UW–Madison. More than 400,000 Badger alumni share your interest in shaping the world and changing lives.
What’s your goal?
Apply for a degree
Every program has its own deadline(s) and application requirements. When you have identified the program that inspires you, take the first steps in applying.
Learn how to apply for:
Earn a graduate-level certificate
Your first task is to apply to become a University Special Student (a classification for people not seeking a degree). The online application is completely free and takes about 30 minutes to complete.
Learn how to apply for a graduate-level certificate.
Build professional development skills
You don’t have to apply to the university to get specialized training. Simply register and start learning.
For international students
Apply for a graduate degree
Begin by reviewing information for international graduate students.You’ll find academic requirements, details about funding resources, employment regulations and other helpful resources.
Earn a certificate or other credential
Begin by applying as an international nondegree student through Adult Career and Special Student Services. International students can also apply to some online certificate programs; visa restrictions exist.
First-rate graduate-level programs are competitive, so it’s critical that you make an impression at the admissions office. Here are five ways to separate your application from the pack.
Need to know how to nail the perfect essay so your application stands out? We’ve got you covered. Here are a few key ways you to make your essay shine.
Sometimes the hardest part of the application can be making sure you have great letters of recommendation to verify your fit for a graduate-level program.
Additional schooling is usually worth the investment, especially when it leads to a new, more fulfilling career. When it comes time to pay for tuition, you may have more options than you realize.
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These resources can answer some of the most commonly asked questions and concerns about coming to UW–Madison for a graduate degree, certificate or your professional and personal development.