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    We are currently accepting applications for the on-campus, online, and partner programs.


    • The next on-campus cohort begins Sept. 2015
    • The next online cohort begins May 2015
    • The UWRF partner program cohort begins Sept. 2015

    State Authorization regulations are  now being enforced for online applicants.  To check the status of your state, go to States Authorization.

    2015 Visit Day:  February 19th (for on-campus applicants only).  Priority consideration has been given to on-campus applicants who were able to attend the visit day.  Admission-eligible applicants unable to attend the visit day will receive GA application instructions from the SAA department.

    For admission consideration to graduate study, you must have:

    • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution.
    • An overall undergraduate grade point average of at least 2.85 on a 4.00 scale, or  an average of at least 3.00 in the last half of all undergraduate work, or  an average of at least 3.00 for no less than 12 semester credits of graduate study at another accredited graduate school. Some programs have higher grade point average admission requirements.
    • Departmental or school/college admission to the graduate program.  Many graduate programs require additional supplemental application materials. Please refer to the website of the program to which you seek admission for details.
    • Satisfactory scores in all tests required by the program, department or college. Please refer to the program Web site for test requirements.
    • Note:  the GRE is not required.

    Applying to the SAA program is a two-part process:

    Part 1

    Apply to UW-La Crosse Graduate Studies:  UW-La Crosse Admissions Office.  International applicants apply at the Office International Education.

    • Once you complete this application, you will receive access to WINGS.  Here, you can monitor your application status.
    •  Questions about transcripts should be directed to Brandon Schaller ( in the Admissions Office.
    Part 2

    Complete the SAA Department application process:

    • Submit the following three items as pdf attachments in one email to  Include your name and program you are applying to (on-campus, online or partner) in the subject line:
      1. Resume
      2. Essay - Describe an issue in higher education and its impact on students.  Maximum 500 words, double-spaced, Times New Roman 12 point font.
      3. SAA Applicant Waiver Form
    • Email the Reference Form and the completed SAA Applicant Waiver Form to 2 References.  Each reference must complete the Reference Form and email to with your name in the subject line.

    • On-campus applicants will receive information about the graduate assistantship (GA) application process at the Visit Day (invitation only).  A GA Fair and GA Open Houses will also be held during the Visit Day.  You must obtain a GA position to be admitted to the SAA on-campus program. Per Graduate Studies policy, new students are required to have a minimum 2.85 GPA to obtain a GA position.
    • Online applicants are required to have a job in a higher education setting.  The Online curriculum integrates the course activities with the student's professional experience.  For Online program applicants, phone interviews will be conducted as needed.
    • Candidates will  be notified as soon as an admissions decision has been reached.  Due to the May start date, the online process will wrap-up in April.  The on-campus process will be completed by June.
    The SAA faculty seek students with diverse backgrounds and interests. Students admitted to the program have a variety of academic backgrounds (no particular major is required) and experiences. Multi-cultural experiences (both academic and work/personal) are valued and encouraged.