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Graduate Programs – An Overview

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


Choose from around 40 doctoral, masters, certificate, and graduate achievement (GAP – post-masters) programs spanning a wide array of disciplines. All UW Oshkosh graduate programs are regionally accredited and nurtured by an award-winning faculty. 

  • Applied Biotechnology Management (MS) (100% online) 
    • Quality Assurance and Compliance 
    • Business Management 
    • Research and Development 
  • Athletic Training (MSAT) 
  • Biology (MS) 
    • Biology 
    • Microbiology 
  • Business Administration (MBA) 
    • Professional (Emphases in Health Care Management, Human Resource Management, International Business, Marketing, and Project Management) – on-campus or 100% online 
    • Executive 
  • Cybersecurity (MS) (100% online) 
    • Digital Forensics 
    • Cyber Response 
    • Governance & Leadership 
    • Security Architecture 
  • Data Science (MS) (100% online) 
  • Educational Leadership and Policy: The Superintendency (Ed.D.) 
  • Educational Leadership and Policy (MS) 
    • General 
    • Library Science 
  • English (MA) 
  • Human Services Leadership (MS) (100% online) 
  • Information Technology Management (MS) (100% online) 
  • Literacy and Language (MSE),
    • Literacy
    • Reading Specialist track within Master’s
    • includes coursework leading to Reading Teacher License (1316)
    • includes coursework leading to Reading Specialist License (5017) 
  • Mathematics Education (MS) 
  • Nursing (MSN) 
    • Clinical Nurse Leader (100% online) 
    • Nurse Educator (100% online) 
    • RN to BSN to MSN 
  • Nursing Practice (DNP) 
    • BSN to DNP with FNP Emphasis 
    • BSN to DNP with Nurse Anesthesia Emphasis 
    • Master’s to DNP 
    • MSN to DNP with FNP Emphasis 
  • Professional Counseling (MSE) 
    • School Counselor 
    • Clinical Mental Health 
    • Student Affairs/College Counseling 
  • Professional Science (MS) 
  • Psychology (MS) 
    • Cognitive and Affective 
  • Public Administration (MPA) (a 100% online option is available) 
    • General Public Administration 
    • Health Agency Administration 
    • Fire and Emergency Administration and Management 
    • Nonprofit Management and Leadership 
  • Social Work (MSW) 
    • Advanced Direct Practice 
    • Mental Health Care Practice 
  • Special Education and Early Childhood (MSE) (Licensure and non-licensure emphases available) 
    • Cross Categorical 
    • Director of Special Education & Pupil Services with MSE 
    • Early Childhood Special Education Licensure 
    • Non-licensure 
  • Sustainable Management (MS) (100% online) 
  • Teaching and Learning (MSE) 
    • Elementary Education (Individually Designed Program) 
    • English as a Second Language (ESL) 
    • ESL/Bilingual Education (Spanish/English or Hmong/English) 
    • Math Intervention 
    • Secondary Education (Individually Designed Program) 
    • MSE Teaching & Learning – HLC Accreditation Pathway (Non-Cohort) 
    • UWO / CESA 3 Cohort – HLC Accreditation Pathway 


The Literacy and Language program at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh offers post-master’s studies referred to as Graduate Achievement Programs (GAP): 

For more information about the GAP program refer to the specific academic section for Literacy and Language in this Bulletin, contact the graduate program directly, or be in touch with the Graduate Studies Office. 

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 the degree, certificate or Graduate Achievement Program (GAP) completion. 
  5. All students must complete the core of courses required for the GAP: 
  6. The core of courses required of all persons consists of at least six hours of graduate credits only. 
  7. 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). 
  8. 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. 
  9. Transfer credits from other institutions will be limited to three in a GAP. 
  10. 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). 


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

Academic Department  Certificate Area 
Applied Biotechnology  Applied Bioinformatics 
Business Administration  Business Skills
Data Analytics
Data Science Data Science 
Educational Leadership  Athletics Leadership and Sports Management
Director of Instruction
Leadership for Post-Secondary, Technical and Adult Education
Leadership for Social Justice
PK-12 Principal Licensure
Post-baccalaureate Library Media Specialist 
English  Creative Writing 
Human Services Leadership  Advanced 
Literacy and Language  Bilingual Reading Teacher Licensure
Disciplinary Literacy (joint with Teaching and Learning)
Educational Coaching
Effective Writing Instruction
Literacy Coaching
Literacy Leadership
Reading Intervention
Reading Specialist License
Reading Teacher License 
Nursing  Clinical Nurse Leader
Nurse Educator
Public Administration  Health Care Management 
Special Education  Director of Special Education and Pupil Services
K-12 Special Education Accelerated License 
Teaching and Learning  Classroom Assessment
Disciplinary Literacy (joint with Literacy) 
Math Intervention
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages 
Sustainable Management  Sustainability and Well Being 

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



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 Oshkosh, Eau Claire and La Crosse, in which the three universities award a consortial degree. 

University of Wisconsin MBA Consortium program ( is authorized through the University of Wisconsin System and provided by the three partner business schools: UW-Eau Claire, UW-La Crosse, and UW-Oshkosh. Each college of business is accredited by AACSB International. 

For more details, contact the MBA program office at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh (800) 633-1430. 

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

UWSSLEC is a collaboration across the University of Wisconsin campuses at Whitewater, Madison, and Oshkosh.  Permanent faculty collaborate to prepare teachers as school library information and technology specialists who take leadership roles in their schools. 

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