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We are now accepting applications for the 2016 school year.  We will continue to accept applications and make offers until all spots are filled.  As of April 5th, we are still accepting applications for all spots.  However, we anticipate that the online program will close in a few weeks so apply now if you want to be considered for the new online cohort.

  • The next on-campus cohort begins Sept. 2016 
  • The next online cohort begins May 23, 2016
  • The next UWRF partner program cohort will begin in 2017

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

 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 (bschaller@uwlax.edu) in the Admissions Office.

Part 2

Complete the SAA Department application process:

  • Submit the following three items as pdf attachments in one email to saa@uwlax.edu.  Include your name and program you are applying to (on-campus, online or partner) in the subject line:
    1. Resume
    2. Essay Part I – Describe an issue in higher education and its impact on students.  Part II – Explain why you want to earn a master’s degree in student affairs administration and why you want to earn your degree from the SAA Department at UW-La Crosse.  Maximum 500 words for each Part, 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 saa@uwlax.edu 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.  Offers for On-campus GAs will go out shorty after Visit Day and we will continue to accept applications until all spots are filled.

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.