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University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

College of Nursing

Milwaukee, WI


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UW-Milwaukee College of Nursing Overview

As Wisconsin’s largest nursing program, the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee College of Nursing has made its home in the commercial, cultural, and economic capital of Wisconsin for over 50 years.  UWM is consistently ranked in the top 15% of colleges of nursing with graduate programs by US News and World Report and is one of the nation’s top 131 research universities as recognized by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

Located 90 minutes north of Chicago, Milwaukee offers students a vibrant city on the shores of beautiful Lake Michigan. Milwaukee boasts a beautiful lakefront, a world-class art museum, hundreds of parks and recreational opportunities, major-league sports, a range of unique restaurants, and exciting events all year round. Milwaukee is large enough to offer urban amenities and small enough to travel to most places within 20 minutes. 

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Admission at UW-Milwaukee College of Nursing

Admission at UWM College of Nursing is competitive. Students are expected to adopt and demonstrate the UWM College of Nursing Core Values: collaboration, creativity, integrity, human dignity, diversity, accountability, social justice, and excellence. Prospective students are encouraged to view the Information Session Presentation which will provide an overview of the nursing program, the requirements for admission, and detailed information concerning the application timeline. Students can also view application deadlines at

Students can take a virtual tour of campus and view more information about the UW- Milwaukee College of Nursing program. International students are strongly encouraged to apply; more information can be found on international students.

Majors and Degree Offerings at UW-Milwaukee College of Nursing

UWM College of Nursing offers a Master of Nursing (MN) program with two entry options. The Master of Nursing degree is focused towards nurses and non-nurses who hold a bachelor’s degree and wish to pursue an advanced degree in nursing. The Master of Nursing program provides the framework for practice as a clinical nurse leader, public health nurse, clinical research manager, health informatics specialist or nurse manager. After 16 months, students are eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN examination, allowing students to work as Registered Nurses while completing the remaining MN credits

Master of Sustainable Peacebuilding at UW-Milwaukee College of Nursing

The Master of Sustainable Peacebuilding (MSP) prepares students from any academic background the skills and concepts required to engage and change issues at a global or local level. The interacting forces of urbanization, climate change, economic inequity, and ideological polarization intertwine to generate complex pressures on the environment, society, and culture. Figuring out where to start requires transdisciplinary systems-based approaches and new ways of thinking about solutions and fixes. 

The MSP premise is healthy and sustainable communities lead to long-term positive change. Students learn techniques for grappling with complexity and developing strategies for effective change while building critical leadership skills in facilitation, strategic planning, and evaluation. These skills can be applied across diverse employment sectors, such as population and community health, natural resources stewardship, conflict transformation, global security, education, and nonprofit management.

Graduate Certificates at UW-Milwaukee College of Nursing

Complement your existing degree with a certificate from UW-Milwaukee College of Nursing. Faculty expertise in research and practice contribute to the student learning experience. Each program of study has been carefully crafted from relevant courses to provide you with a cohesive program of study. Graduate Certificates include: 

  • Applied Gerontology Certificate
  • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist Certificate
  • Family Nurse Practitioner (Post-Master) Certificate
  • Health Professional Education Certificate
  • Interprofessional Graduate Certificate in Public and Population Health
  • Psychiatric-Mental Health Certificate
  • Spanish For Health Professionals Certificate
  • Trauma Informed Care Certificate

Doctor of Nursing Practice (BS to DNP, Online Post-Masters DNP) at UW-Milwaukee College of Nursing

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is a practice-focused doctoral program that prepares advanced practice nurses for the highest level of clinical nursing practice beyond the initial preparation in the discipline. This program will prepare students to develop clinical, organizational, economic, and leadership skills to design and implement programs of care delivery that will significantly impact health care outcomes and transform health care delivery. 

Graduates with this terminal practice degree will be prepared for roles in direct care or indirect, systems-focused care. Students who attend DNP with a bachelor’s degree can specialize as a family nurse practitioner, psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, adult gerontology acute care nurse practitioner, leadership/systems, and community/public health.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Nursing (BS to PhD, Online PhD and On-campus PhD) at at UW-Milwaukee College of Nursing

UW-Milwaukee College of Nursing’s PhD in Nursing integrates science, theory, and research to educate the next generation of nurse scientists and educators. Students will strive to advance nursing knowledge and translate research into practice that promotes the health and care of patients. This research-intensive program prepares doctoral students as scientists who generate knowledge to advance nursing. For maximum flexibility, the program is offered in-person and online, full-time and part-time; structured so required courses are offered only one day per week. 

PhD students will accomplish their goals in relation to their focus area, personal interests and long-term research and career preferences. Dedicated faculty mentors help PhD students define their success early and plan and conduct cutting-edge research. These research and mentorship experiences help prepare doctoral students for successful careers as scientists, educators and other rapidly evolving nursing professions.

Costs and Financial Aid at UW-Milwaukee College of Nursing

Tuition at UWM College of Nursing is an affordable investment: the master’s program is $11,884 per year for in-state, full-time students and $24,921 per year for out-of-state, full-time students. Students can view tuition, costs, and affiliated expenses. 

Students who would like to apply for need-based financial aid should submit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) in accordance with the application timelines. By submitting the FAFSA, each student is automatically considered for need-based grant and scholarship programs.

Degrees & Awards

Degrees Offered

Degree Concentration Sub-concentration
(Graduate Certificate) Clinical nurse specialist
Master of Nursing (MN) Nursing
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Nursing
(Graduate Certificate) Family nurse practitioner
Master of Sustainable Peacebuilding (MSP) Sustainable peacebuilding
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Nursing

Degrees Awarded

Degree Number Awarded
Master's Degrees 25
Doctoral Degrees 46
Other Advanced Degrees 1

Earning Your Degree

Part-time study available? Yes
Terminal master's degree available? No


Acceptance Rate



Application Fee - Domestic
Application Fee - International
applications accepted?

Application Deadlines

Type Domestic International Priority date
Fall deadline January 1st Not reported Yes
Spring deadline September 1st Not reported No

Entrance Requirements

Exam Details
Master's Degree Exam GRE General Test or MAT
Master's Degree Requirements Autobiographical sketch
Doctoral Degree Exam GRE
Doctoral Degree Requirements Minimum GPA of 3.2

International Students

Exam Details
TOEFL: Required TOEFL Paper score: 550
TOEFL IBT score: 79
IELTS: Required IELTS Paper score: 6.5

Tuition & Fees

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Financial Support

Financial award applicants must submit: FAFSA
Application deadlines for financial awards April 15
Types of financial support available Health Care Benefits
Graduate Assistantships
Career or field-related internships
Federal Work-Study
Financial support for part-time students

Student Body

Total Graduate Students
International Breakout (representing other countries)


Hispanic/Latino 0.92%
Black or African American 7.95%
White or Caucasian 70%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0.31%
Asian 5.81%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0.31%
Two or more races 10.4%
Unknown 1.22%


Male (14%)
Female (85%)

Location & Contact

Address PO Box 413
Milwaukee, WI  53201
United States
Contact Dr. Kim Litwack
Interim Dean
Phone: 414-229-4189

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