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University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

United States


The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) has provided world-class, affordable education for over 60 years.

Its main campus is located in a tree-filled, student-friendly, residential neighborhood in Milwaukee, Wisconsin's largest city. Offering over 200 academic programs, the university is home to 23,000 students from more than 80 countries, including 1,000 international students. Some of UWM's popular courses include

  • MS Engineering
  • MS Computer Science
  • MS Health Care Informatics
  • MS Information Technology Management
  • Master of Architecture

Departments are housed in 15 schools and colleges, and with a 17:1 student-teacher ratio, classes are collaborative with dedicated lecturer support. The university also offers learning opportunities beyond the classroom, with many of its programs including internship placements.

UWM is one of America's top research universities according to the Carnegie Classification. Students have plentiful opportunities to work alongside faculty on innovative research across the university's 100 centres, labs, and institutes. They benefit from the university's impressive connections with leading manufacturers and Fortune 500 companies.

Students also have numerous off-campus recreational options, as UWM's campus is just minutes from downtown Milwaukee and only 90 minutes from Chicago. The local area has a low cost of living, and students can take a short scenic walk to one of North America's five Great Lakes, Lake Michigan.

Dedicated to global engagement and diversity, UWM has a successful network of over 195,000 accomplished alumni across the globe, including Satya Nadella, the CEO of Microsoft.

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What's new

What's new

Connected Systems Institute

A recent addition to the university's campus, The Connected Systems Institute conducts ground-breaking and advanced research using state-of-the-art facilities. Working alongside industry partners, the institute will conduct advanced research into digital manufacturing and the skilled workforce. Featuring state-of-the-art facilities, the university's research activity is enhanced by this new institute, setting it apart from similar university-industry partnerships.

Lubar Entrepreneurship Center

The Lubar Entrepreneurship Center helps talented students develop ideas, become industry change-makers, and make a difference in society. Led by expert instructors, students learn and develop skills on courses, workshops, and networking events, which enhance their graduate job prospects. The centre encourages a collaborative working environment.

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Teaching quality

Teaching quality


The university has a 17:1 student-to-instructor ratio, so international students have dedicated and personal support from the teaching faculty. Instructors at UWM are regularly recognized for outstanding work in their chosen fields. Undergraduates also have the chance to collaborate with faculty on their research, providing invaluable experiences that many universities only offer to graduate students.

59 scientists at UWM are listed in a ranking of the top two percent of scientists in the world in a study by Stanford University.


As an R1 research university, UWM has been recognized for its quantity of STEM doctorates conferred and its research expenditures, especially in the science and engineering fields.

That coveted R1 status reflects the depth and breadth of UWM's work across dozens of doctoral programs and 24 research centers.

Undergraduates have more than 1,000 opportunities to get involved in research and are supported by UWM's Office for Undergraduate Research.

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Department structure

Department structure

There are over 200 diverse academic programs that prospective students can choose from at UWM. The university's schools and colleges include:

  • School of Architecture and Urban Planning
  • Peck School of the Arts (one of the world's top film programs)
  • 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

Students can also choose to study online. UWM offers a wide range of degree programs and online certificates. Popular online programs include:

  • MS Computer Science
  • MS Health Care Informatics
  • MBA

UWM's Partners for Health initiative is a collaboration between the College of Health Sciences, College of Nursing, Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health, and the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare. The programs at these colleges prepare students through interprofessional education that emulates real healthcare environments. Alongside faculty, students conduct innovative research to improve the lives of people who have physical and mental health issues.

The UWM School of Freshwater Sciences is the nation's only graduate school dedicated solely to the study of freshwater. It equips future scientists, researchers, and policymakers with the necessary interdisciplinary skills and expertise required to address critical challenges and find solutions to preserve this vital natural resource. The School of Freshwater Sciences also offers an undergraduate program.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Prospective students can check the university's website for the complete list of application requirements in their chosen area of study.

The university requires the requisite level of English proficiency from all applicants. Prospective international students can provide proof of English proficiency before their enrollment in one of the following ways:

  • An approved test score that meets the requirements for regular or conditional admission or
  • University study: Proof of completion of at least 18 months of full-time, for-credit academic study (approximately three semesters) at a recognized or accredited institution of higher education that teaches in English 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.

Students who do not meet the score requirement for regular admission will receive ‘regular admission with English placement'. This will require the applicant to undertake English for Academic Purposes coursework alongside their degree program.

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

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Graduate outcomes

Graduate outcomes

A degree from UWM opens up a world of opportunity, with 63 percent of UWM graduates securing employment before graduation, and 91 percent saying the institution prepared them for their career (2017-18 survey of UWM graduates). International students have interned or graduated to work at prestigious companies including GE Healthcare Microsoft Johnson Controls Rockwell Automation Harley-Davidson Motor Company and Amazon.

The university's Career Planning and Resource Center works directly with students and collaborates with UWM faculty/staff to develop resources and experiences that connect career opportunities with academics and student life. The center also partners with employers and others to provide students/alumni with rewarding opportunities, internships, jobs, and career-related education.

UWM students have incredible opportunities for cooperative experiences and internships. Undergraduates can receive paid positions as research assistants through UWM's Office of Undergraduate Research.

The university's impressive alumni network of more than 195,000 graduates provides strong career connections for graduates. Milwaukee was recently named the second-best city in the United States to launch a career (LinkedIn's Economic Graph Team), and 71 percent of UWM alumni choose to live and work in Wisconsin

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Scholarships & funding

Scholarships & funding


UWM has a scholarship program for newly admitted international undergraduate students. Scholarship award decisions are based on academic merit and the diversity of the candidate (i.e. how the candidate contributes to the diversity of UWM).

The scholarship awards may be up to USD 5,000 per academic year (USD 2,500 per semester) and may be renewed each year (for a maximum of four years total).

There are four types of graduate student assistantships. These are teaching assistants project assistants program assistants, and research assistants. Assistantships offer tuition remission, health coverage, and a monthly allowance.

Tuition and living costs

Tuition costs vary between programs, but undergraduate students can expect to pay approximately USD 21,200 per year. Graduate students can expect to pay about USD 25,300 annually.

The student living costs in Milwaukee are significantly less than in coastal cities such as Boston and Los Angeles. On a nine-month/academic year basis, September to May, student expenses are approximately USD 12,000.

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UW-Milwaukee A Top-Tier Research University
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Milwaukee Wisconsin Milwaukee
The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee provides an affordable, world-class education to 25,000 students from 83 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. Seventy-one percent of their 195,000 alumni live and work in Wisconsin, further contributing to the state?s health, vibrancy and economic growth.

UWM offers 205 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 40 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.

The university research focuses on addressing the big problems faced by the world today. From sustainable energy advancements to health care initiatives and keeping the Great Lakes clean, UWM faculty 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.

UWM has more than 280 student organizations that cover a range of topics and interests as well as a 43-person Student Association elected by and representing students. Students enjoy hundreds of art, music and theater events each year. Along with student productions, UWM frequently hosts nationally and internationally known touring acts. UWM?s 259,769-square-foot Klotsche Center offers group exercise classes, intramural and club sports, adventure excursions through its Outdoor Pursuits program and more.

The 104-acre main campus on Milwaukee?s east side is just blocks from Lake Michigan and home to 11 of UWM?s 15 schools and colleges. Notable landmarks include the Kenwood Interdisciplinary Research Complex, which opened in 2015, and the Lubar Entrepreneurship Center and UWM Welcome Center, which opened in the same building in spring 2019. University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

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