How to Apply

We will be accepting applications to all graduate programs for Fall 2018 beginning in September of 2017. Applications are considered only once each year for fall entry. Though application materials may differ slightly depending on the field to which you are applying (please consult the individual area page on the right for specifics), you will need to follow these steps in order to submit your application for review:

  1. Read through application information on the University of Wisconsin-Madison Graduate School and open an application.
  2. Prepare and submit required materials online via the Graduate School application form, including transcripts, recommendations, test scores, and a "Reasons for Graduate Study" statement.
  3. For international students, please consult our "International Students" page for further information. 

Application materials will be reviewed by English Department and Graduate School faculty and staff upon receipt. You can read about our evaluation criteria and process here.

If you have questions, please first consult our "Frequently Asked Questions" page. Should those answers be insufficient, please consult our list of Graduate studies contacts.


The deadline for applications to all M.A. and Ph.D. programs is December 8. The deadline for applications to the M.F.A. in Creative Writing is December 15.

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