Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

If you have a question that isn't answered here, contact the Graduate School at (414) 288-7137 or via e-mail.

Before you apply

What are the requirements to apply?

Application requirements vary by program. To see what is required for your particular program of interest, visit our Programs page.

How do I obtain information about a program?

What Grade Point Average (GPA) is needed to be admitted?

What are the minimum test scores required for the GRE?

Where can I take the GRE?

Can my credits from another college or university be transferred?

What financial aid is available?

Merit-based financial aid, such as assistantships, fellowships, and scholarships, is available for many of Marquette's graduate programs. Private scholarships may also be available. U.S. citizens and permanent residents may be eligible to apply for need-based federal aid (loans) to help fund their educational expenses as well. View your specific program of interest for additional information regarding what aid is available.

How do I review courses and course descriptions for my program?

How do I apply to multiple or dual degree programs?

How can I get more information about the inter-university exchange programs?

Which Marquette graduate programs are not administered by the Graduate School?

Applying to The Graduate School

Is there an application fee?

Yes, the application fee is $50. There are only a few circumstances in which the application fee may be waived:

  • Applicants who have previously attended Marquette University as a graduate student
  • Applicants who are currently undergraduate students at Marquette or have received a bachelor's degree from Marquette
  • McNair Scholars
  • Applicants who have attended a Marquette University Open House or other Campus Visit event

Is there an application deadline?

How do I apply for financial aid?

What are the requirements for letters of recommendation?

What is a statement of purpose?

What should I include on an academic resume?

What transcripts are required, and how should they be sent?

Applicants must list in the application and submit official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended, regardless of whether a degree was received or if the credits were transferred.

  • Domestic transcripts should be sent to the Marquette University Graduate School directly from the issuing institution. If the institution distributes transcripts electronically, they may be sent to
  • Foreign transcripts that are issued in a language other than English must be accompanied by a certified English translation in add titi on to the official transcript. These documents should be sent via posted mail; scanned copies cannot be considered official
  • USPS Mailing address:

    Marquette University Graduate School

    Holthusen Hall, 305

    PO Box 1881

    Milwaukee, WI 53201

  • Courier/Street address:

    Marquette University Graduate School

    1324 W. Wisconsin Ave, 305

    Milwaukee, WI 53233


Where should I send my supporting documents?

How do I give permission to a third party to discuss my application?

How can I find out the status of my application materials?

I have completed my application. When will I hear a decision?

Accepted Students

I have been offered admission. What are the next steps?

Congratulations! The first thing to do is to notify us of your decision to accept or decline your offer of admission. Instructions can be found in your official offer letter from the Graduate School. Then, consult the Information for Admitted Students page for additional information.

Will there be an orientation held for new students?

How do I find out who my adviser is?

How do I register for classes?

Now that I am registered for classes, how will I be billed?

How do I obtain my textbooks?

How do I apply for independent study?

Independent Study (6995) courses provide students the opportunity to study and investigate areas of interest not available through normal course offerings.

A 6995 course is taken on the recommendation of the student's adviser and with the approval of the department chairperson. An approval form, which must be completed for each 6995 course, is available online.

Normally, no more than 6 credits of 6995 course work can be included in a master's degree program; no more than 9 credits in a doctoral program.

Can undergraduate classes count for graduate credit?

What is the difference between full-time, half-time, and less than half-time?

How many credits can I take per semester?

What is the Graduate School's grading policy?

What is the MarquetteCard and how can I use it?

The MarquetteCard is your passport to life at Marquette and your official university ID. Use it to check-out books at the library, to access the Rec Center and Rec Plex, for utilizing our PrintWise network for printing on campus, and many other resources.

Your MarquetteCard can also be used to establish a pre-paid, stored-value account called MarquetteCASH, which you can use to purchase goods and services at many places on and off campus.

After you are admitted and have registered for classes, you may go to the MarquetteCard Officelocated in the Alumni Memorial Union, First Floor. Normal operating hours are Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  The staff will take your picture and issue your card while you wait. Please have a photo identification and your MUID number when you get your Marquette ID card. Remember, you must be an admitted student, and you must be registered for the upcoming term in order to obtain your ID card.

Where can I find information about housing?

Who do I contact for parking permits or public transportation information?

Is health insurance offered?

Can I defer my admission?

International Students

What is the minimum score required for the TOEFL/IELTS exam?

International applicants whose language of instruction for their previous degree was not English must complete the TOEFL or IELTS exam.

Applicants should have an adequate command of written and spoken English, evidenced by a TOEFL score of at least 213 on the computer-based version or at least 80 on the Internet-based version (with a minimum of 20 in each subject area).

A total score of at least 6.5 is required on the IELTS exam.

Some programs may require a higher TOEFL or IELTS score. Refer to the Graduate School Bulletin to confirm the requirements for your program of interest.

Test scores may not be more than 2 years old. Test scores must be sent directly to Marquette Graduate School from the testing agency in order to be considered official.

Is financial aid available for international students?

How do I obtain an I-20 or DS-2019 form?

Where can I find information about financial verification?

Does Marquette offer English language assistance?

What happens if I pay my advance deposit and cannot get a visa?

What other resources are available on campus for international students?

Both the Graduate School and the Office of International Education offer services and resources for our international student population.

Financial Aid

Who is eligible for Graduate School administered financial aid?

Student admitted to a master's or doctoral program are eligible for Graduate School administered financial aid. Students applying for the Milwaukee Area Teacher's Scholarship and Catholic Schools Personnel Scholarship may be non-degree students.

Recipients of graduate assistantships and full fellowships must be registered full-time during their award periods.

What is the status of my financial aid application? Did I receive an award?

Is there financial aid available specifically for minority students?

What kind of financial aid is available for international students?

I was awarded an assistantship. Do I need to reapply for my assistantship every year?

What if I want to quit/resign from my assistantship position?

Are there any special concerns for income tax forms if I am a graduate assistant?

Special Issues

I stopped attending my program but I would like to start again. What do I need to do?

What are continuation courses?

How long do I have to complete my degree?

I attend another university. Can I take graduate level classes at Marquette for credit?


How and when do I apply for graduation?

Am I required to attend graduation?