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The following requirements apply to all of our programs. Please see program-specific details below.

 
• You must have a four-year Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher learning with a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0. Your major or discipline does not matter.
• You may not be enrolled in other UW-Madison graduate coursework or programs concurrently with our program.
• You may not receive tuition remission from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. No TA-, RA-, or PA-ships from the University of Wisconsin are allowed.
• If you are a non-native English speaker, you must take the TOEFL exam and submit your scores during the application process. Minimum acceptable TOEFL scores by the UW Graduate School are 92 for internet based test (IBT) and 580 for paper test.
• GRE is NOT required.

  • GIS Fundamentals Online Certificate

    MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

    • Minimum undergraduate or graduate GPA of 3.0

    DEADLINES:

    FALL:
    • First Consideration: May 1
    • International Students: May 1
    • Final Deadline: July 15

    SPRING:
    • First Consideration: September 1
    • International Students: September 1
    • Final Deadline: November 1

    SUMMER:
    • First Consideration: February 1
    • International Students: February 1
    • Final Deadline: April 1

    Required Documents:

    Unofficial transcripts – Collect your unofficial transcripts from any previously completed undergraduate and graduate degrees. Unofficial (e.g., scanned, downloaded) transcripts are fine at this point. *Only after you’re accepted into the program will you be required to send official copies.

    Contact information for two professional or academic references – You need the following info for each contact: Name and Email. Your contact will automatically be sent an email when you complete your application.

    Statement of Interest – Your statement of interest should be a one page essay. This should include your background education, your current career and aspirations for the future, and why you would like to pursue this capstone certificate. Tell us why you think you would be a good fit for our program, what you hope to learn from our curriculum, and what skills are you excited to graduate with.

    Online Applications

    Both applications below are required for this certificate program.
    1. Special Student Application
    • Choose GIS FUNDAMENTALS CAPSTONE CERTIFICATE for your ‘Reason for Applying’
    • Pick the semester you wish to start (Fall, Spring, or Summer).
    • You do not need to fill out the academic plan box.

    2. Supplemental Application

  • Advanced GIS Online Certificate

    MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

    • Minimum undergraduate or graduate GPA of 3.0
    • One introductory course in statistical methods. Students may be admitted with a stats deficiency but will have to take an intro statistics course prior to taking some courses.

    DEADLINES:

    FALL:
    • First Consideration: May 1
    • International Students: May 1
    • Final Deadline: July 15

    SPRING:
    • First Consideration: September 1
    • International Students: September 1
    • Final Deadline: November 1

    SUMMER:
    • First Consideration: February 1
    • International Students: February 1
    • Final Deadline: April 1

    Required Documents:

    Unofficial transcripts – Collect your unofficial transcripts from any previously completed undergraduate and graduate degrees. Unofficial (e.g., scanned, downloaded) transcripts are fine at this point. *Only after you’re accepted into the program will you be required to send official copies.

    Contact information for two professional or academic references – You need the following info for each contact: Name and Email. Your contact will automatically be sent an email when you complete your application.

    Statement of Interest – Your statement of interest should be a one page essay. This should include your background education, your current career and aspirations for the future, and why you would like to pursue this capstone certificate. Tell us why you think you would be a good fit for our program, what you hope to learn from our curriculum, and what skills are you excited to graduate with.

    Online Applications

    Both applications below are required for this certificate program.
    1. Special Student Application
    • Choose ADVANCED GIS CAPSTONE CERTIFICATE for your ‘Reason for Applying’
    • Pick the semester you wish to start (Fall, Spring, or Summer).
    • You do not need to fill out the academic plan box.

    2. Supplemental Application

  • Online Master's Program

    MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

    • Minimum undergraduate or graduate GPA of 3.0
    • One introductory course in statistical methods. Students may be admitted with a stats deficiency but will have to take an intro statistics course prior to taking some courses. Equivalent work experience will also be considered.
    • Two undergraduate level courses in introductory GIS and/or cartography.

    DEADLINES:

    FALL:
    • First Consideration: May 1
    • International Students: May 1
    • Final Deadline: July 15

    SPRING:
    • First Consideration: September 1
    • International Students: September 1
    • Final Deadline: November 1

    SUMMER:
    • First Consideration: February 1
    • International Students: February 1
    • Final Deadline: April 1

    Required Documents:

    Resume – Include relevant work experience, education, professional training in GIS, cartography, or programming skills, and other pertinent information. International students: please provide the breakdown of your TOEFL score so we can determine your reading and writing scores separately from the overall score.

    Unofficial transcripts – From any previously completed undergraduate and graduate degrees. Unofficial (e.g., scanned, downloaded) transcripts are fine at this point. Only after you’re accepted into the program will the Grad School require official copies. (Note: official copies will only needed from your final, degree-granting institution.)

    Contact information for two professional or academic references – You need the following info for each contact: Name, Mailing Address, Email, and Phone. Your contact will automatically be sent an email from the Grad School website when you complete your application.

    Download our Statement of Interest template and answer four simple questionsStatement of Interest Template Download:Word Doc || PDF Form

    Application fee – Please have a Visa/Mastercard Credit or Debit Card ready to pay the $75 application fee. International students are assessed an additional small fee, so the cost is closer to $85USD.

    Online Application:

    Online Graduate School Application.
    • Please make sure you select the following program: Cartography & Geographic Information Systems MS – GIS Development.(There are two Cartography & Geographic Information Systems MS Programs. GIS Development is the Professional Master’s.)

  • In-Person Accelerated/Non-thesis Master's Program

    MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

    • Minimum undergraduate or graduate GPA of 3.0
    • One introductory course in statistical methods. Students may be admitted with a stats deficiency but will have to take an intro statistics course prior to taking some courses. Equivalent work experience will also be considered.

    DEADLINES:

    FALL DEADLINES:
    • First Consideration: April 1
    • International Students: April 1
    • Final Deadline: June 1

    SPRING DEADLINES:
    • First Consideration: August 1
    • International Students: August 1
    • Final Deadline: October 1

    Required Documents:

    Resume – Include relevant work experience, education, professional training in GIS, cartography, or programming skills, and other pertinent information. International students: please provide the breakdown of your TOEFL score so we can determine your reading and writing scores separately from the overall score.

    Unofficial transcripts – From any previously completed undergraduate and graduate degrees. Unofficial (e.g., scanned, downloaded) transcripts are fine at this point. Only after you’re accepted into the program will the Grad School require official copies. (Note: official copies will only be needed from your final, degree-granting institution.)

    Contact information for two professional or academic references – You need the following info for each contact: Name, Mailing Address, Email, and Phone. Your contact will automatically be sent an email from the Grad School website when you complete your application.

    Statement of Interest – This 1-2 page document please tell us about your educational/professional background, GIS interests, career goals, and why you chose our program here at UW-Madison.

    Application fee – Please have a Visa/Mastercard Credit or Debit Card ready to pay the $75 application fee. International students are assessed an additional small fee, so the cost is closer to $85 USD.

    Online Application:

    Online Graduate School Application
    • Please make sure you select the following program: Cartography & Geographic Information Systems MS – Accelerated/Non-Thesis. (There are three Cartography & Geographic Information Systems MS Programs. Accelerated/Non-Thesis is the in-residence Professional Master’s.)