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Excellent teaching, small class settings, superb academic programs. Tremendous value, relevant coursework, convenient schedule. We could keep going, but you probably get the idea! All these and more are waiting for you at UWRF. Are you ready to take the next step in your career? Aiming to move up the ladder or just want to add professional skills? Explore our graduate programs and discover your next move.

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Explore UWRF from the comfort of your living room or head to campus to meet with our staff. Whatever your preference, we’ve got multiple options to explore campus when it’s convenient for you. Learn more about your visit options. 

Our Programs

We offer a variety of graduate degrees, certificates and licensures. Explore your options and learn more about our programs here. 

Graduate Degrees

Agricultural Education
Business Administration (MBA)
Clinical Exercise Physiology
Communication Sciences and Disorders
Elementary Education
Health and Wellness Management
Mathematics (MSE)
Montessori Teacher Education
School Psychology
School Supervision and Instructional Leadership
Strength and Conditioning
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Graduate Certificates and Licenses

Montessori Teacher Education
School Supervision and Instructional Leadership
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

All the Details

Once you’ve landed on a program of study, it’s time to sort out the details. While the information below pertains to most graduate programs, keep in mind that there may be additional admission requirements and application instructions for your selected program of study.

General Admission Requirements

In general, the requirements to be admitted include:

  • An earned baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution.
  • An overall undergraduate GPA of at least 2.75 (on a four-point scale) or an average of at least 2.90 based on the last 64 semester credits (90 quarter credits) of the undergraduate program.
  • Completed application received with $56 processing fee.
  • Any additional admissions requirements specific to your program.


Special Admissions Types

As a temporary graduate student, you may enroll in courses without being admitted into a degree or certificate program at UW-River Falls. You’ll need a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution to take graduate-level courses, but the application fee is waived. In your application, indicate that your reason for applying is to take courses for personal or professional enrichment. If you decide to purse a degree or certificate in the future, you’ll need to notify us in writing and meet any additional admission requirements, including application fees.

If you are a returning graduate student, you must submit a re-entry application. If you are changing your program of study or you are now interested in pursuing a degree or certificate, please contact Graduate Admissions.

For more information about applying as an international student, refer to Admissions for International Students.

Due to the unique nature of program coursework, some of our graduate programs will not accept any transferred credits. For others, you are limited to transferring nine graduate credits. These credits must be approved by your adviser and the Director of Graduate Studies. Check with the program coordinator for specific information on transferring graduate credits.

To accept transfer credits, we must receive an official transcript from the institution listing the course taken. Transferring credits will not affect your probationary status. Distance-learning credits are eligible for transfer only if the course is accepted for a graduate degree program at the institution giving the credit.


Application Checklist

Ready to apply? (Don’t worry, we’ve got a handy list to help you stay organized and ensure that your application is complete.)

  1. Choose your program of study by reviewing the Graduate Catalog or contact the Graduate Studies Office for assistance.
  2. Apply online with the electronic UW System application form. (Note that some programs have admissions deadlines or start during specific terms.)
  3. Pay the $56 application fee either by credit card or check. (Only required if you are pursuing a degree or certificate).
  4. Send in any additional admissions materials as required for your program. Requirements for each program can be found here.
  5. Request transcripts from your past colleges or universities. These official documents must be sent directly from the institution to Graduate Admissions, 103 David Rodli Hall, 410 S. 3rd Street, River Falls, WI 54022 or by email to unless otherwise directed by your program application instructions. If you are a currently enrolled UWRF student, send an email to the UWRF Registrar’s Office for instructions.
  6. Find out your financial aid options by visiting the Financial Aid webpage or contacting the Financial Aid Office.

After you’ve been admitted, you’ll be sent instructions on how to register for classes and other information necessary to begin your course of study.

Unless otherwise indicated by the application instructions of your selected program of study, all documents are to be submitted to the Graduate Admissions Office, 103 David Rodli Hall, 410 S. 3rd Street, River Falls, WI 54022 or by email to

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You’re in! Now what? We've put together a handy to-do list to make sure you don't miss any important steps before starting classes. 

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Paying for College

Paying for college is an important topic – and a conversation we all need to have! We’ve got answers to your questions and important graduate-specific tuition information.

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We’re here to help you during every step of the application and admissions process so don’t hesitate to reach out if we can be of assistance!

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