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Data Science and Informatics Degrees Offered by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee appears in our ranking of the Top 30 Most Affordable Online Certificates in Business Analytics.

Students attending the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) have a choice of several different types of certificates for graduate students in data analysis disciplines. Graduate students can obtain an online Certificate in Business Analytics, offered through the Lubar School of Business, to learn about its use in management, analysis, and utilization of data in strategic, operational and tactical decision making in companies and organizations. The Graduate Certificate in Applied Data Analysis Using SAS fosters knowledge and programmatic skills in data management and statistical analysis. It is available through the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare.

For informatics, UWM offers a certificate program and a Master’s Degree in Health Care Informatics through the College of Engineering and Applied Science. The certificate program may be completed online and involves 18 hours of coursework for undergraduate students. The Master’s Degree in Health Care Informatics focuses on use of information technologies, data analytics and automation to improve health care delivery. Students must complete 32 hours of coursework to obtain the master’s degree. The doctoral program in Biomedical and Health Informatics, administered by the College of Engineering and Applied Science, requires completion of 61 to 67 graduate hours.

A Master’s Degree in Public Health with a Biostatistics track focuses on pubic health biostatistics with an emphasis on genetics, bioinformatics and big data science. Students must complete 46 credit hours to receive the Master’s of Public Health Degree from the Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health.

About the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM), part of the University of Wisconsin System, is the largest university in the city of Milwaukee with more than 26,000 students from 19 countries. With more than 195 degree programs, UWM offers the only graduate program for freshwater science in the United States. As one of only two top research schools in Wisconsin, UWM helps fuel the state’s economy while also making groundbreaking discoveries in healthcare initiatives as well as measures to keep the Great Lakes clean.

Beginning operation in 1885 as the Wisconsin State Normal School, the school eventually became one of the nation’s top teacher training colleges in the 1940s under the name Wisconsin State Teachers College, and subsequently, become Wisconsin State College-Milwaukee. The school became part of the University of Wisconsin System in 1956 when it merged with the University of Wisconsin’s Extension Division, which at the time, was a graduate branch of the main school in Madison, the state’s capital.

Today, the university has six campuses. The main campus is located on Milwaukee’s east side and is home to 11 of UWM’s 15 schools and colleges. Waukesha and Washington County campuses are the next largest and serve freshmen and sophomores. The Harbor Campus houses UWM School of Freshwater Sciences and features a research vessel that works on the Great Lakes. The Downtown Campus, located in the former Pabst Blue Ribbon Brewery Building is home to the Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health. The Innovation Campus in Wauwatosa houses the school’s research facilities.

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Accreditation Details

The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) granted the school general accreditation in Spring 2015 and will undergo its next review for accreditation in 2025. The Lubar School of Business has held accreditation through AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) International since 1970. The College of Engineering and Applied Sciences has received accreditation from the Engineering Accreditation Commission or the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET.

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Application Requirements

Undergraduate admission to UWM requires new students to have four high school credits in English, three each in mathematics, natural science and history/social science, along with two other electives. Applicants must also take the ACT or SAT test and should complete the general application that includes an essay detailing the student’s goals beyond college. The application requires a $50 fee. Students should also have their high school counselor send in school transcripts as well as standardized test scores.

Students who want admission to UWM’s graduate certificate programs should have a baccalaureate degree and have a minimum 2.75 cumulative undergraduate grade point average to be admitted into a certificate program. Graduate certificate applicants must submit a formal application via the school’s Panthera Admission Application before completing six credits in the certificate sequence.

For master’s and doctoral degrees, graduate students must have a baccalaureate degree or an equivalent from an international institution before enrolling and have a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.75 in all coursework on a 4.0 scale. Students with a cumulative GPA lower than 2.75 should consult with an admissions counselor to determine the most appropriate alternative evidence of ability, such as a GRE test score, for possible admission. Applicants must also submit official transcripts, including evidence of undergraduate degrees attained, a reasons statement and letters of recommendation along with a $75 non-refundable fee. International students must exhibit Engish language proficiency through testing.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition rates for undergraduates living in Wisconsin is $9,598. The cost for students from other states starts at $13,644 and can range up to $21,168. Graduate tuition for Wisconsin residents is $12,050, while out-of-state students pay $17,321 to $25,282. The cost of online certificate varies according to the program and is not specified by UWM.

UWM offers a general scholarship portal for undergraduate students where they can specify their major and receive a list of scholarships to which they can apply. Illinois students can apply for a $1,000 tuition waiver. Graduate students can receive aid in the form of fellowships, assistantships and tuition waivers. Students should also check the Sheldon B. Lubar School of Business, College of Engineering and Applied Science, the Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health and the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare for scholarships that can aid with tuition for data science and informatics graduate coursework. UWM also encourages students to complete the FAFSA to determine eligibility for a variety of federal student loans.

For additional information on certificate and graduate programs in data science and informatics, contact the Sheldon B. Lubar School of Business, College of Engineering and Applied Science, the Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health and the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare.

Resource: University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee


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