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University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

United States
Overview

Overview

For over 60 years, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) has provided a world-class, affordable education. More than 26,000 students attend this ‘Research 1’ institution. UWM is recognized by the Carnegie Classification in the top 131 of U.S. research universities.

Over 1,200 international students from 90 countries call UWM home. They may choose from 195 academic programs, across a variety of subject areas. A few of UWM’s popular courses include:

  • MS Engineering
  • MS Computer Science
  • MS Health Care Informatics
  • MS Information Technology Management
  • Master of Architecture (M.Arch)

Teaching is delivered by faculty across 12 schools and colleges. Students work alongside faculty mentors to advance important and innovative research in over 100 centers, labs, and institutes. Faculty members teach in collaborative classes with an 18:1 student-to-teacher ratio. They are dedicated to developing their students to take up rewarding careers.

Students can expect to learn beyond the classroom and many programs incorporate unique and exciting academic internship opportunities. As well, they benefit from the university’s global research and industry partnerships. Seven Fortune 500 companies’ international headquarters are located within driving distance of the university, as are many leading manufacturers’ facilities.

UWM’s main campus is located in a tree-filled and student-friendly residential neighbourhood in Milwaukee, Wisconsin’s largest city, which is approximately 90 minutes north of Chicago. The local area also has a low cost of living. Students can enjoy a short walk to a beach along one of North America’s five Great Lakes, Lake Michigan.

UWM is dedicated to global engagement and values diversity in everything it does. It strives to develop students into citizens who will make a positive impact in an interconnected world. UWM has produced a network of more than 191,000 accomplished alumni across the globe, including Satya Nadella, the CEO of Microsoft.

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What's new

What's new

Lubar Entrepreneurship Center

A new initiative to UWM in 2019, the Lubar Entrepreneurship Center helps talented students build on their ideas and become industry change-makers.

Innovative instructors along with unique programming support those who want to work towards making a positive change in society. The center provides opportunities for co-working and collaboration, and innovation spaces for working on enterprises. Students can attend courses, programs, workshops, and networking events where they’ll develop their skills and enhance their graduate job prospects.

Connected Systems Institute

Another recent addition, the Connected Systems Institute is a home for ground-breaking research. In collaboration with industry partners, advanced research is conducted into digital manufacturing and the skilled workforce. Featuring state-of-the-art facilities, the institute elevates the university’s research activity, setting it apart from similar university-industry partnerships.

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Teaching quality

Teaching quality

Faculty

International students enjoy close working relationships with teaching faculty. UWM has an 18:1 student-to-teacher ratio, allowing instructors to give students the dedicated attention they need. Faculty are top tier and regularly recognized for their outstanding work.

Research

UWM aims to generate discoveries and scholarly outcomes that are recognized within the global research community and have an impact on Milwaukee, Wisconsin and beyond. The research undertaken by the university addresses some of the world’s biggest problems, where initiatives range from sustainable energy advancements to improvements in health care.

Undergraduates also have the chance to collaborate with faculty on their research, giving them invaluable experiences that many universities only provide to graduate students.

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Department structure

Department structure

There are 195 diverse academic programs to pick from at UWM, meaning all potential students can find something suitable to set them up for an exciting career. Programs are delivered from the following schools and colleges:

  • School of Architecture and Urban Planning
  • Peck School of the Arts
  • Lubar School of Business
  • School of Education
  • College of Engineering and Applied Science
  • School of Freshwater Sciences
  • College of Health Sciences
  • School of Information Studies
  • College of Letters and Science
  • College of Nursing
  • Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health
  • Helen Bader School of Social Welfare

The UWM School of Freshwater Sciences is the nation's only graduate school dedicated solely to the study of freshwater, and Milwaukee is known as a ‘Water Centric City’. The school equips future scientists, researchers, and policymakers with the interdisciplinary skills and expertise needed to address the critical challenges facing our freshwater resources, and protect and preserve one of our most vital natural resources.

UWM’s Partners for Health initiative is comprised of the College of Health Sciences, College of Nursing, Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health, and the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare. This initiative prepares students through interprofessional education that emulates real health care environments and allows them to conduct innovative research to help improve the lives of those with physical and mental health issues.

The university’s Peck School of the Arts offers one of the world’s top film programs.

Students may choose to study via UWM’s online education program, the largest in Wisconsin, with a wide array of online certificate and degree programs.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Prospective international students must provide proof of English proficiency in one of the following ways:

  • An approved test score that meets the requirement for regular or conditional admission or
  • University study: Completion of at least eighteen months of full-time, for-credit academic study (approximately three semesters) at a recognized or accredited institution of higher education whose language of instruction is English immediately prior to enrolment at UWM or
  • Secondary/High school study: Proof of completion of the last two years of secondary/high school at an institution whose language of instruction is English immediately prior to enrolment at UWM.

Students who do not meet the score requirement for regular admission will be admitted ‘with English required', meaning they must take English for Academic Purposes coursework alongside the coursework for their degree program.

Students who are conditionally admitted based on their English proficiency level must enrol in UWM’s English Language Academy Intensive English Program and reach the necessary English language proficiency before beginning their academic studies.

Students are encouraged to check the complete list of application requirements that apply to them and their chosen area/level of study.

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Graduate outcomes

Graduate outcomes

A degree from UWM opens up a world of opportunity. With an alumni network of over 191,000, UWM graduates have made an impact in industries and sectors throughout Wisconsin and beyond. This network provides students with career connections that can help elevate them in the professional world. In a 2017-18 survey of UWM graduates, 63 percent had secured employment before graduation and 91 percent agreed that UWM had successfully prepared them for their careers.

Milwaukee was recently named the second-best city in the United States to launch a career, according to analysis from LinkedIn’s Economic Graph Team that factored in the median salary for starter jobs, median monthly rent, and availability of job opportunities.

UWM students receive career development support from the Career Planning and Resource Center, as well as specialized career services offices in the Lubar School of Business and College of Engineering & Applied Science. Throughout the academic year, these offices host numerous career fairs to connect students with potential internships and post-graduation job opportunities. Students can find support with job seeking, internships, resumes/CVs, cover letters, interview skills, and applications to graduate school.

Depending upon a student’s academic program, there are opportunities for cooperative experiences and internships while studying for an undergraduate or graduate degree at UWM. Undergraduates may receive paid positions as research assistants through UWM’s Office of Undergraduate Research. International students have interned or graduated and gone on to work at companies including GE Healthcare, Microsoft, Johnson Controls, Rockwell Automation, Harley-Davidson Motor Company, and Amazon.

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Scholarships & funding

Scholarships & funding

Tuition and living costs

Tuition costs vary between programs, but undergraduate students can expect to pay around USD 21,500 per year. Graduate students can expect to pay around USD 26,000 per year.

On a nine month/academic year basis, September to May, students can expect their living expenses to be approximately USD 12,000. Living in Milwaukee costs significantly less than many coastal cities such as Boston and Los Angeles.

Scholarships

All students are encouraged to apply for funding opportunities, and scholarship information can be viewed on the university website.

More than USD 6 million in assistantships, fellowships and scholarships are awarded to graduate students each year. Assistantships offer full tuition remission, health coverage, and a monthly stipend. There are four kinds of graduate student assistantships, namely teaching assistants, project assistants, program assistants, and research assistants.

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The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee provides an affordable, world-class education to 27,000 students from 92 countries. Its 15 schools and colleges include Wisconsin?s only schools of architecture, freshwater sciences and public health. As one of the nation?s top research universities, UWM partners with leading companies in Wisconsin and beyond to advance knowledge, bring new discoveries to market and prepare students for work in a global economy. Eighty percent of the 187,000 alumni live and work in Wisconsin, further contributing to the state?s health, vibrancy and economic growth.

UWM offers 195 degree programs with classes taught by faculty members recognized worldwide as experts in their fields. It?s also home to Wisconsin?s largest online education program, with more than 850 classes and 30 fully online certificate and degree programs. The university is home to the state?s largest collaboration of health sciences, nursing and public health programs through its Partners for Health initiative. It also boasts one of the world?s top film programs, the state?s largest school of education and Wisconsin?s only program in American Sign Language. Other major programs include business, engineering and information studies. We pride ourselves on having programs as diverse as our students? interests.

One of the key advantages UW-Milwaukee students have is the city and the strong career network it provides. In fact, 1,766 companies actively recruit interns and employees from UWM each year. Many of those internships turn into full-time jobs for students after they?ve graduated.

As one of only two top-tier research universities recognized in Wisconsin by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, UWM plays a critical role in fueling the state?s economy through discovery and innovation. UWM research focuses on addressing the big problems that the world is facing today. From sustainable energy advancements to health care initiatives and keeping the Great Lakes clean, the faculty at the university, work for the common good. Undergraduate students benefit from unique opportunities to work with faculty members on research projects in a wide range of disciplines, giving them practical experience that many other universities only offer at the graduate level. At the same time, graduate students from around the globe come here to study with internationally-recognized leaders in their field.

UW-Milwaukee is nestled in the heart of the city?s Upper East Side, a residential, tree-lined community just five minutes from Bradford Beach. Notable landmarks include the Kenwood Interdisciplinary Research complex, which opened in 2015 and houses the Milwaukee Institute for Drug Discovery and many researchers in chemistry, physics and public health. The 25,000-square-foot Innovation Accelerator building opened at the campus in Wauwatosa in 2014. The facility brings academic researchers together with medical and business organizations to advance science for application and commercial uses.
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