How to Apply
Priority deadline: December 1
Secondary deadline for international applicants: March 1
Secondary deadline for domestic applicants: April 1
Applications received after the December 1 priority deadline will be reviewed at the end of each month. International applicants should contact the EOI program coordinator as soon as possible to ensure all paperwork and documents are included. For questions regarding applications, please contact us.
Applications are submitted online through the UW-Madison Graduate School. When applying, select the summer term for the calendar year you are applying for (e.g. summer 2019), then choose Environmental Observation and Informatics in the drop-down tab. Prospective students who apply by December 1 will be informed of their admissions status by late January.
- Applicants must have received a bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year institution with an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher. Applicants with GPAs below 3.0 may be considered for admissions under special circumstances.
- Individuals with diverse professional and academic backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
- Because introductory GIS is not taught in this program, applicants should have introductory GIS skills prior to the start of the program. This experience can be demonstrated through course work, professional experience, a portfolio (in the supplemental application), or a GIS certificate/degree. If an applicant does not have this experience, they should state this in their letter of interest and explain how, if accepted, introductory skills will be developed before the start of the program.
Complete applications must include the following:
- Resume or CV
- Statement of interest
- Two letters of recommendation (submitted via the online application)
- Unofficial undergraduate transcripts
- GRE scores (sent to UW-Madison using institution code 1846).
- Professional portfolio (see text below for more information).
As part of the online supplemental application, applicants will submit a portfolio that showcases their quantitative or GIS experience. The portfolio should consist of documents that will help assess each applicant’s proficiency and readiness for the program. Examples of these documents can include; maps developed in a GIS software or through remote sensing image analysis, figures from analysis and reports, selected slides from professional presentations, or copies of certificates, awards, and completed trainings.
For international applicants whose bachelor’s degree is not in English, TOEFL or IELTS scores are required. Please visit the UW-Madison Graduate School requirements webpage for complete information.