How to apply:
To apply for the Global Higher Education (GHE) MS program, you will need to complete the online application form through the Graduate School website. Click here to access the website.
Please create your own account and then follow the instruction on the website.
- In the section of “Program Select”, you must enroll for Fall semester and select“Ed Leadership & Policy Analysis MS– Global Higher Ed” as your “Intended Field of Study”.
- Attention: “Ed Leadership & Policy Analysis MS– Global Higher Ed” and “Ed Leadership & Policy Analysis MS“ are separate graduate programs. Only applications that identify “Ed Leadership & Policy Analysis MS– Global Higher Ed” as the intended field of study will be considered for admission to the Global Higher Education Master’s program.
- Upload all required documents to the online application system. Please see below for a list of required documents.
- You may be eligible for applying for application fee grants if you are U.S. citizens, permanent resident applicants and students with DACA status. For more information, please check out: Applying for a Fee Grant
- Please contact the program director Prof. Weijia Li (wli2552wisc.edu) if you are our domestic targeted recruitment minority students for obtaining application fee waiver.
The following documents must be uploaded to your online application. None of those can be accepted via mail or email.
- Unofficial transcripts. Transcripts are analyzed to determine undergraduate grade point averages (GPA). In addition, transcripts are examined to determine past academic concentrations, the pattern of courses taken, and the trend of grades received. No GPA renders an applicant automatically admissible or inadmissible. Attention: You will need to send official transcripts should you be recommended for admission to our program. International academic records must be in the original language accompanied by an official English translation.
- Three letters of recommendation. We require recommendations from three (3) people who are qualified to evaluate the academic and professional competence of the applicant. When completing your online application to the Graduate School, you will submit the names and emails of those you wish to submit letters of recommendation for you. The recommendations will then be submitted electronically.
- Application Essay (Reason for Study). Each applicant must submit a “Reasons for Study” essay. The GHE program has its own special instructions and outline for the application essay. Please read below the instructions for writing GHE application essay.
Instructions for writing the GHE Application Essay (updated on February 11, 2020)
Application essay (Purpose of Study) that does not follow the instructions and the outline below will not be considered during the application review.
We know that different countries and different education systems may have different standards and expectations about the content, the scope, and the style of an application essay for a graduate program. So, you don’t need to imitate the American style of a “Statement of Purpose” if this is not a common genre in your culture. (For example, you don’t need to describe how your childhood experience inspired your interest in international higher education, which happened rarely to most of us.) We respect and celebrate the cultural diversities brought by applicants and students from around the world. To treat every applicant with fairness and the mind of globalized society, we ask you to use the following instructions and outline when writing your “Reason for Study” essay for the GHE program.
1. Please write “Global Higher Education (GHE) MS program” on the top of your essay. Then, please expand upon the following areas:
2. Please clearly identify that the Global Higher Education (GHE) MS Program is the graduate program you are applying for in the first paragraph of your essay.
3. Explain why you are interested in a master’s degree focusing on leadership and administration in global or international higher education. Please note that the GHE program is not a teacher training program. Please feel free to tell us what kind of educational and/or international experiences may have inspired you to pursue a Master’s degree in the field of international higher education.
4. Please feel free to share with us what your career goals are. How will the GHE program contribute to your professional objectives? It’s OK if you don’t have any specific goals yet. Many of us do change our goals constantly.
5. What are your expectations from the Global Higher Education program? What aspects or characteristics of the GHE program attract you most? Why?
6. What can you contribute to the program and other cohort students, (such as how your (international) study and work experiences can contribute to other students’ learning, wellbeing, and sense of belonging, etc)?
7. Please describe your willingness, competences, and experience in striving for diversity, equity, and inclusion (in a global context). For example: your past and potential of serving people who suffer from poverty or discrimination in their society (such as poor people, women, persons with disabilities, ethnic and racial minorities, indigenous peoples, and other marginalized groups of people, etc.); your willingness and commitment to respect, to learn from, and to work with people with diverse cultural background; and your willingness and commitment to fight bias against people of color, women, ethnic minorities, and other marginalized groups of people.)
We believe that every applicant’s experience is unique and they may choose their best way to illustrate who they are and why they are applying for the GHE program. Hence, we don’t set word limit, nor specify the length of your application essay.