Graduate Application Steps

Degree-Seeking Students

These programs have a minimum undergraduate GPA requirement of 3.00.
* Other Graduate programs may have additional requirements.

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1. Application

Please submit the following:

  • Application form available at:
  • Non-refundable application fee
  • One page essay describing desire for a graduate degree
  • Résumé of your education and employment experience
  • Two signed letters of recommendation using the   Recommendation Form  (recommendation letters on letterhead may also be submitted)
  • All official transcripts leading to your bachelor’s degree

Please note:

  • Graduate entrance exams (like the GRE) are not required
  • If you have completed graduate level classes in the last seven years and wish to have them evaluated for possible transfer, please submit these transcripts or contact your Admissions Counselor for more information
  • International students should contact the Office of International Student Services at for additional application requirements

2. Evaluation

When an applicant’s file is complete, the file is forwarded to the Admission Committee. The Admission Committee will make one of four decisions:

  • The student is unconditionally admitted to the program
  • The student is admitted, but it’s contingent upon conditions stipulated in the acceptance letter. If the student was required to meet pre-admission conditions, the candidate must provide documented proof to the Graduate Admission Counselor.
  • The student is admitted as a provisional student, whose admission allows them to take prerequisite courses only. Upon completion of prerequisite courses, admission status is changed to conditional or unconditional acceptance.
  • The student is denied admission to Graduate Studies. A letter is sent to the applicant with the decision of the Admission Committee.

3. Admission

Admitted students will receive:

  • An acceptance letter
  • Name and contact information of the student’s Advisor
  • Student’s Falcon One Student ID number

*Password information to access will be sent separately from the Information Technology office. Students should contact their advisor prior to registering for courses.

4. Orientation

Once you have passed admissions, you will receive an email invitation to Blackboard.  Blackboard is the platform we use to submit classwork to our students online.

* For Online Students Only: Before you jump into your classes, you must go through a brief online orientation. You’ll be instructed to read through the material then complete a series of quizzes. Once you've passed all five quizzes, you’ll be ready for class as a CUW Falcon!

Non-degree seeking graduate students

  • Please complete the Non-Degree Application at
  • Non-degree applicants need only submit an application to begin admission review — however, academic transcripts may be requested to complete our review.

Graduate programs with different application processes

The following programs use a centralized application service. Please see the program site for details.

Transfer in credits

Students are eligible to transfer up to 6 credits from an accredited graduate program, at the discretion of the program director.

Contact us

For additional information, please contact the Graduate Admission Office at or 262.243.4300.