Visit Social Science Credit Guidelines for more information on what constitutes a social science course and to determine whether you meet this program prerequisite.
Can I apply if my undergraduate GPA for my last 60 credits is below a 3.0?
Yes. If your last 60 credit undergraduate grade point average is below 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, it is important for you to provide a detailed explanation of any special or unusual circumstances that may have affected your GPA. In the supplemental application, you are asked to “please explain any special circumstances that may have affected your GPA.” A text box is provided and there is no word limit.
Will I be required to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)?
The GRE is not required for admission. If your last 60 credit undergraduate grade-point average is below 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, GRE scores can enhance your application and provide evidence of your readiness for graduate study.
What do I do if my recommender does not submit a letter?
If it is BEFORE the application deadline, identify and contact a new recommender and log back into your UW-Madison Graduate School Application with your original application login username and password. You will click the “Recommendations” button and be able to add a new recommender at any time.
If it is AFTER the application deadline, your application will be considered incomplete.
I went to UW-Madison. Do I need to submit an official UW-Madison transcript?
You need to submit a UW-Madison transcript, but it can be an unofficial transcript (i.e., your Student Record which you can access in your Student Center through MyUW). If you attended any institution other than UW-Madison, you are still required to submit transcripts from those schools.
I am a current student. Do the grades for the semester in which I am now enrolled need to be on my transcript?
No. You can upload a transcript to the application that does not include your current semester grades.
The envelope containing my official transcript indicates it will no longer be considered official if I open it. Am I allowed to open the envelope?