Policies apply to all graduate students, both on campus and Distance Education.

Admission to Graduate and Professional Studies

All graduate programs offered by Concordia University are administered by the specific academic departments under the general supervision of the Provost.

Students interested in enrolling in Graduate and Professional Studies are encouraged to contact the Graduate Admission Office at (262) 243-4300 or (800) 330-9866 for information on admission. Information may be found online at the Concordia website, www.cuw.edu.

Admission Requirements - Professional Programs

Admission requirements are specific to professional programs including:

  • Nursing
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Pharmacy
  • Physician Assistant Studies
  • Physical Therapy

Admission requirements and admission process information is located on individual program pages of this catalog.

Admission Requirements - Graduate Programs

General requirements for admission to Graduate Studies are:

  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.00 for full acceptance
  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution

In addition to these general admission requirements, each program may have other requirements.  See individual program pages of this catalog.

The Admission Process - Graduate Programs

  1. Application (Please Submit the Following):
    • Application form available at: www.cuw.edu/apply
    • Non-refundable application fee
    • One page essay describing your reason for obtaining a graduate degree
    • Resumé of your education and employment experience
    • Two professional recommendations
    • All official transcripts leading to your bachelor’s degree

      Please note:
    • Graduate entrance exams such as 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 official transcripts
    • International students should contact the Office of International Student Services at international.admissions@cuw.edu 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 fully admitted to the program with no conditions
    • The student is admitted conditionally and continuation in the program is contingent upon meeting certain conditions that are stipulated in the acceptance letter the student receives.
    • The student is admitted provisionally and is allowed to take prerequisite courses only. 
    • The student is denied admission to Graduate Studies. A letter is sent to the applicant, giving the decision of the Admission Committee
  3. Admission- If the student is admitted an acceptance letter will be mailed to the student, along with the name and contact information of the student’s Advisor, and the student’s Falcon One Student ID number. Password information to access my.cuw.edu will be sent separately from the Information Technology office. Students should contact their advisor prior to registering for courses.

International Student Admission

Applicants who are not US Citizens or permanent residents are required to meet all regular admission standards listed for the program they wish to enter. In addition, the following are required:

A score of at least 79 on the internet based TOEFL, a 6.5 overall band score on the academic IELTS, a 60 on the PTE or successful completion of the English Language Institute with the recommendation of the Director of the English Language Institute. An English proficiency result may be waived if the enrolling student has graduated from an English-speaking college or university (as determined by International Admissions, certain countries are not eligible), has completed previous academic coursework at a US institution or has an English as a Second Language program at a partner institution.

All original university transcripts in native language accompanied with a certified English translation.  Notary public is not considered certified. The credential evaluation needs to show that the applicant has a degree equivalent to a baccalaureate degree in the United States. If the enrolling student wishes to pursue transfer credit a WES or ECE evaluation may be required.

Adequate medical insurance is required.

If the enrolling student will need to obtain an F-1 or J-1 visa for studies the student will need to submit a certified document guaranteeing adequate financial support for one year of study.  All tuition, fees and any other financial obligations to the University must be paid in U.S. dollars at the time of announced financial registration. Immigration regulations prohibit employment outside of the campus community without prior Department of Homeland Security approval.

Concordia University Wisconsin complies with Federal requirements for reporting of non-citizens who are admitted to the University.

Application Deadlines

If there are application deadlines, they are specified on the program pages at www.cuw.edu/graduate.

Internal Transfer to Another Graduate Program

If a student wishes to transfer from one program to another (e.g. from Education to Church Music), he or she must submit a Change of Program Form and a new essay explaining the reasons for the transfer. Ordinarily new letters of reference are not required. All admission procedures for the new program must be followed. Even though a student has been admitted to one graduate program, he or she is not guaranteed admission to or transfer to another graduate program.