Graduate Programs

The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh offers a wide array of graduate degree, certificate and post-master's programs on campus (except where noted) as well as at other University of Wisconsin System institutions through collaborative and cooperative agreements. Each of these graduate education opportunities is briefly outlined here; individual program requirements are discussed later in the academic sections of this Bulletin.

Graduate Degree Programs

Choose from more than 30 master’s degree, certificate, doctoral and graduate achievement programs spanning a wide array of disciplines.  All UW Oshkosh graduate programs are regionally accredited and nurtured by an award-winning faculty.  Those available on the Oshkosh campus (except where noted) are:




Business Administration

Professional Path
(Emphases in Finance, Health Care Management, Human Resource Management, International Business, Marketing, MIS, Project Management)
Executive Path


Curriculum and Instruction

Early Childhood
Science Education
Middle Childhood/Early Adolescence

Teaching Emphases - Early Childhood, RtI for the Classroom Teacher, Elementary Education, Science Education, ESL (licensure minor), Bilingual/Bicultural Education (Spanish) (Licensure minor), Bilingual/Bicultural Education (Hmong) (Licensure minor), Individually Planned Non-Licensure 15 Credits, Early Childhood (PK-3) Licensure 15 Credits, Early Childhood - Middle Childhood (PK-6) 15 Credits, Middle Childhood - Early Adolescence (1-8) 15 Credits


Educational Leadership and Policy

Athletics Program Leadership
Library Science
Post-Secondary, Technical and Adult Education
Principal Licensure 


Literacy and Language

Also course work leading to Reading Teaching License (316)
Also course work leading to Reading Specialist License (17)

Mathematics Education


Clinical Nurse Leader
Nurse Educator



Nursing Practice

MSN to DNP with FNP Specialty
BSN to DNP with FNP Specialty 


Professional Counseling

School Counselor
Clinical Mental Health
Student Affairs/College Counseling



Cognitive and Affective


Public Administration

Law Enforcement


Social Work

Administration and Management
Direct Practice


Special Education (Licensure and non-licensure emphases available)

Cross Categorical - ED/ CD/ LD
Early Childhood
Director of Special Ed/Pupil Services (begin Fall 2014) 


Sustainable Management (100% on-line)


Transnational Human Services Leadership (100% on-line)


Graduate Achievement Programs (G A P)

Some academic departments at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh offer post-master’s studies referred to as Graduate Achievement Programs (GAP):

For more information about GAP programs refer to the specific academic sections of this Bulletin or contact the graduate program or Graduate Studies offices.

GAP requirements include:

  1. ALL GAPS require appropriate master's degrees.
  2. The GAP shall consist of a minimum of 15 semester hours of graduate credits, including at least nine credits earned in courses open to graduate students only (700-level).
  3. The GAP must be completed within four consecutive years.
  4. A cumulative graduate grade point average of at least a “B” (3.00) must be earned on all work that applies to the graduate degree or program.  A grade of F will not count as credits toward any degree or program.
    Some programs do not allow grades less than “B” on required or degree/program courses. Check with the individual graduate program as some also have other academic requirements for degree, certificate or Graduate Achievement Program (GAP) completion.
  5. All students must complete the core of courses required for the GAP:
    1. The core of courses required of all persons consists of at least six hours of graduate credits only.
    2. The remaining courses required to complete the minimum of 15 credits are to be chosen from those courses approved as acceptable for the particular GAP to be received. Students are to apply for admission in the same manner as degree-seeking students (See Admission Procedures in this Bulletin).
  6. Upon admission to the Graduate Achievement Program, an approved Verification of Program Study form shall be filed with the Graduate Studies office for each student.
  7. Transfer credits from other institutions will be limited to three in a GAP.
  8. GAP students must apply for completion in the same manner as master’s and doctoral degree candidates apply for graduation (See Graduation in this Bulletin).


Graduate Certificate Programs

Some academic departments at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh offer post-baccalaureate or post-master’s studies referred to as Certificate Programs:

Academic DepartmentCertificate Area
Business Administration Foundations
Curriculum & Instruction Math Intervention
Creative Writing
New Literatures
Educational Leadership Athletics Program Leadership
Leadership for Social Justice
Leadership for Post-Secondary, Technical and Adult Education
Administration and Principal Licensure
Technology Leadership in the Classroom
Literacy and Language 316 Bilingual Reading Teacher
Literacy Coaching (begin Fall 2014)
Healthcare Informatics (begin Fall 2014)
Nurse Educator (begin Fall 2014)
Public Administration Health Care Management
Special Education

Autism Spectrum Disorder
Sign Language and Deaf Culture (begin Fall 2014)
Director of Special Education/Pupil Services (begin Fall 2014)

Certificate requirements vary by program.  Contact the program or Graduate Studies offices for more information.


Collaborative and Cooperative Degree Programs

In addition to on-campus programs, the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh has established agreements with several UW System institutions, to offer graduate degree programs and individual credit options for students at these institutions.  These programs and their characteristics are summarized here:


Business Administration (MBA): Consortial program with University of Wisconsin campuses in Eau Claire, LaCrosse and Parkside, in which the four universities award a consortial degree.

University of Wisconsin MBA Consortium programs are authorized through the University of Wisconsin System, and provided by the four partner business schools: UW-Eau Claire, UW-La Crosse, UW-Oshkosh, and UW-Parkside. Each college of business is accredited by AACSB International.  The University of Wisconsin System is one of the largest systems of public higher education in the country, serving more than 160,000 students each year and employing more than 32,000 faculty and staff statewide. The UW System consists of 13 four-year universities, the 13 freshman-sophomore UW Colleges, and the statewide UW-Extension. Together, these institutions are a tremendous academic, cultural, and economic resource for Wisconsin, the nation, and the world.


UW System School Library Education Consortium (UWSSLEC) through the Educational Leadership Department (MS and/or Licensure): Collaborative program with the University of Wisconsin-Madison, in which the University of Wisconsin-Madison has the degree authorization.

UWSSLEC combines the strengths of faculty in programs at Whitewater, Madison, Eau Claire, Superior and Oshkosh to teach strong skills in information organization, curriculum, technology application and integration, literature, management, and leadership to teachers interested in becoming school library information specialists.  This unique collaborative program offers hybrid online courses to prepare school library information specialists.

For more details, contact the Department of Human Services and Professional Leadership at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh (920) 424-1490. 


Social Work (MSW): Collaborative program with the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay in which both the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and Green Bay have the degree authorization (NOTE: THIS COLLABORATIVE PROGRAM WILL END IN FALL 2015).

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh have established a Collaborative MSW Program that prepares social workers for advanced practice as facilitators, partners and leaders in planned change activities with service users and community service providers. The program’s goal is to educate professionals ready to assume administrative and direct practice leadership roles within this region’s increasingly diverse and transforming rural and metropolitan environments.

For more information, contact the Social Work departments at either UW Oshkosh or Green Bay.