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Admission Requirements

Admission to the Graduate School is based on high probability of success in graduate work. Students' undergraduate and postgraduate academic records weigh heavily in this process. Minimum Graduate School requirements include:

  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution
  • An undergraduate major in a similar field, or equivalent evidence of a suitable background
  • An undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 (4.0 scale)

No applicant is ever admitted to the Graduate School without a favorable recommendation from the proposed major department.

How to Apply

Step 1: Apply as a Special Student

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering requires engineers entering the M.S. program for the first time to enroll in their first course as a special student and not through the Graduate School.

  1. Apply online to be a special student through University of Wisconsin Systems.
    • Within the online application, on the "Reason for Applying" page, choose "Nondegree/Special"
    • Then, on the "Applying As" page, choose "Preparation for admission to graduate or professional school (UNRS)" (Applicants should clearly indicate "Master of Science – Electrical and Computer Engineering via distance education" on their statement of "Reasons for Graduate Study.")
  2. When you are officially admitted, you will receive instructions to activate your NetID. You will also need to activate your Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE) account, which will allow viewing of the online lectures.
  3. After receiving official notification of admission and activating your NetID, or call 608-263-3370 for authorization to enroll in your chosen course or to begin the M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering Program.
  4. Once you have been officially enrolled, you will receive your course and program materials.

Step 2: Apply to the UW–Madison Graduate School

  1. Submit an online application to the UW–Madison Graduate School. Completed applications are due December 15 for admission for the following fall semester, and September 15 for admission for the following spring semester.
  2. Submit remaining application materials to the ECE Graduate Admissions Office:
    2312 Engineering Hall
    1415 Engineering Dr
    Madison, WI 53706