Graduate Programs: Next Steps

Admission Process and Requirements

AdmissionsOnly complete application packets will be reviewed. A complete packet of materials includes: 

The items above can be submitted in any order. Don't hesitate to take the next step. Have questions? Contact Prof. Annie Wetter, graduate program coordinator, at or 715-346-2108.

Apply for graduate study at UW-Stevens Point by submitting a UWSP Graduate Student Application, application fee, and official transcripts to the Graduate Admissions Office is required for the master's degree programs.

Strong applicants will have an undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 or above (based on a 4.0 scale), however probationary status may be granted for students with a GPA below 2.75.

Submit a letter of intent and resume to
  1. A letter of intent detailing your background qualifications, professional development, educational and career goals, and how this program fits into your future professional plans. Please provide specific examples.
  2. A current resume or curriculum vitae detailing your professional post-baccalaureate work experience.
For the GRE (Graduate Record Exam), there is no minimum score that determines admission. Applicants who have previously been successfully admitted to another master's program are not required to submit a GRE score; however transcripts will be reviewed to assess success in graduate level coursework and consideration of admission.

Please request official GRE scores be sent to UWSP.
When submitting GRE scores:
  • If applying to the Community & Organizational Leadership program, use department name "Family & Consumer Sciences" and major name "Human Development."
  • If applying to the Sustainable and Resilient Food Systems program, use department name "Family & Consumer Sciences" and major name "Foods, Nutrition, & Wellness Studies."
GRE Important Notes
  1. GRE scores need to be received by the application deadline, so do NOT plan to merely take the exam by the deadline; take it well in advance.   
  2. It takes at least 2 weeks (sometimes longer) for scores to arrive on campus, so plan to take the GRE 1 month prior to the application deadline.
  3. Many students have taken a screen shot of their GRE scores and sent it to along with their letter and CV to be sure we have some version of their GRE scores by the application deadline.

The School of Health Promotion & Human Development does not conditionally admit international students for graduate study. International students should contact the International Students & Scholars Office (ISSO) to apply for non-conditional graduate admission.

Graduate Special Status

If you wish to take graduate courses but do not wish to pursue a master’s degree at UW-Stevens Point, you may register as a student with graduate special status. To attend UW-Stevens Point as a student with graduate special status, you must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. You do not need to complete a formal application process. You will be granted graduate special status when you register for classes. 

As a graduate special student you can enroll in graduate-level courses and receive graduate credit for teacher certification requirements or for personal enrichment. A maximum of 9 credits can apply toward a master’s degree provided they are approved by your adviser and fit within the seven-year time period. If you decide to pursue a master’s degree, it is in your best interest to change your status to graduate regular as soon as possible.  

Application Deadlines:
Fall Start: April 1 and July 1
Spring Start: Oct. 1
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