Before you apply, explore our programs and read about our faculty to determine if your research interests align with our courses and research areas of concentration.
If you find a program and faculty member(s) who you think may be a good fit, reach out to them to express your interest and optionally set up an exploratory meeting.
Set up a meeting with faculty to discuss your background, research interests, career aspirations, and to determine if the faculty member is available to mentor incoming graduate students for the next academic year.
Once you have talked with faculty, complete your application to your program(s) of interest. Be sure to review the required application components for your specific program, as they vary across the School of Human Ecology at UW-Madison as a whole. Be sure to begin your application far enough in advance to ensure that your recommenders will have ample time to write your letters. If you are an international student, you may be required to submit additional application materials such as an English Proficiency Test score. Please review these additional requirements here. All applications are due by December 1st.
After you submit your application, you may be asked to complete a virtual interview with faculty from your program of interest. This would take place in December or January.
You will hear back regarding your admission decision no later than the end of January. Graduate admission is a shared process at UW–Madison. The faculty in the option to which you apply evaluate your application and make a recommendation to the UW Graduate School regarding admission. The final decision is made by the UW Graduate School.
Admitted students will be invited to visit the School of Human Ecology in February or March. Virtual visit options will be provided for admitted students living abroad and those who cannot travel domestically.
After you’ve explored, met, applied, interviewed, and visited, it’s time to decide whether the School of Human Ecology at UW-Madison is the right fit for you. Respond to your admission offer by April 15th for admission the following Fall.