How to Apply
The dates and deadlines below are the annual timeline for applying to the program.
- Online application opens: July
- Priority deadline: December 1
- Secondary deadline for international applicants: February 1
- Secondary deadline for domestic applicants: April 1
- Program start: late May or first week of June (summer term)
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 dropdown tab.
Prospective students who apply by December 1 will be informed of their admissions status by late January. Applications received after the December 1 priority deadline will be reviewed at the end of each month. If you are inquiring after the secondary deadlines, please contact the program coordinator to see about available spots in the cohort. International applicants should contact the program coordinator as soon as possible to ensure all paperwork and documents are included. For questions regarding applications, please contact us.
Our programs are committed to building and supporting diverse cohorts and strongly encourage applications from candidates of color, historically underrepresented communities and first-generation college students.
- Individuals with diverse professional and academic backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
- 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.
- 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.
- Resume or CV
- Statement of interest
- Two letters of recommendation (submitted via the online application)
- Unofficial undergraduate transcripts (official transcripts will be requested prior to final acceptance)
- Professional portfolio (see below)
- IELTS or TOEFL scores (if applicable, see below)
- GRE scores (if applicable, see below)
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
- Copies of certificates, awards, and completed trainings
IELTS or TOEFL Scores
For international applicants whose bachelor’s degree is not in English, IELTS or TOEFL scores are required. Please view the UW-Madison Graduate School requirements for complete information.
Scores are requested only if applicants do not meet one of the following requirements:
- Minimum GPA of 3.0 for the last 60 credits
- Undergraduate degree with a quantitative component, such as a bachelor of science degree
- Professional quantitative experience
Please contact the program coordinator if you are unsure if you meet these requirements.
Information for International Applicants
The timeline from notice of admission to the program to securing your student visa can take several months. Plan ahead and stay organized to make the process of securing your student visa easier. The following steps provide an overview of the process. Please communicate with the program coordinator if you have any questions or issues during this process.
- Apply to the program following the guidelines above (application window is July 1 through December 1 for priority admission)
- Receive decision from the program about your admission status (mid-January)
- If admitted, the UW-Madison Graduate School will become the primary point of contact for the rest of the admission process. You must check your application status and email for important messages.