University of Wisconsin Overview with Program Information

The University of Wisconsin (UW) is a system of 2- and 4-year universities and extension centers in the state of Wisconsin. The university system offers programs in many academic areas at the associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree levels. 'The University of Wisconsin' commonly refers to UW - Madison, the flagship school of the UW System.

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Overview of the University of Wisconsin

The University of Wisconsin (UW) System is composed of 13 4-year universities, 13 freshman-sophomore universities and additional extension services located in 72 counties throughout Wisconsin. The 26 institutions that make up the UW System serve more than 180,000 students. There are 11 comprehensive universities in the University of Wisconsin System that grant bachelor's and master's degrees. The University of Wisconsin at Madison is the system's flagship university.

UW - Madison History

The University of Wisconsin - Madison was founded in 1848 and enrolls nearly 43,000 students in programs offered by its 13 schools and colleges. UW - Madison was ranked 41st among national universities in 2014 by U.S. News & World Report.

UW - Madison Program Information

For an example of the breadth of programs available through the University of Wisconsin System, look to UW - Madison. This university offers over 150 majors. At the graduate level, the school provides approximately 150 master's degree programs and 100 doctoral degree programs.

Undergraduate Programs

All students in undergraduate programs must meet general education (GE) requirements, which can vary by program and major. Common GE requirements include:

  • Natural science
  • Humanities, art and literature
  • Social studies
  • Communication
  • Ethnic studies
  • Quantitative reasoning

Undergraduate majors at UW - Madison may be earned in fields spanning from agriculture and life sciences to business and nursing. Possible majors of study include:

  • Art history
  • Accounting
  • Civil engineering
  • Dietetics
  • Geography
  • Human development and family studies
  • Latin
  • Political science
  • Psychology
  • Social work

Graduate Programs

For those earning a graduate degree, programs are available at UW - Madison in fields that range from neuroscience to women's studies. Students may decide to earn a:

  • Master of Arts
  • Master of Fine Arts
  • Master of Science
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Accountancy
  • Master of Engineering
  • Master of Social Work
  • Master of Public Affairs
  • Doctor of Philosophy
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
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