As of Fall 2017, the Educational Studies program has suspended admission. This means that unless you have been accepted into this program prior to Fall 2017, you will not be able to earn the degree. The following information is provided solely for the benefit of students accepted into the Educational Studies program prior to Fall 2017.


A minimum of 128 credits is needed for graduation. Students must satisfy all UWM, School of Education, and Educational Studies program requirements, and have satisfactorily completed the following minimum requirements:

General Education Requirements (GER)
Complete General Education Requirements (GER) 1
Educational Studies Major 2
Focus Area
Select a minimum of 18 credits in the chosen area of concentration (i.e., adult education, youth leadership, or training and workforce development)18
Select practical experience applying the student’s professional skills in an appropriate work setting3-6
Common Learning Component
Select 24 credits in coursework that develops knowledge of social/cultural perspectives, human development and learning, program development, and communication skills/group processes 324
Advanced-Level Coursework Outside the School of Education
Select a minimum of 12 credits numbered 300 or above12
General University Electives
Select general university electives
Educational Studies Second Degree Requirements
See requirements below42
Total Credits99-102

Students not enrolled in a degree program in an accredited institution prior to September 1986 must also meet the University’s General Education Requirements (GER).


Educational Studies Major. The Educational Studies Major is a means of developing professional skills. It requires completing at least 42 credits, 34 of them in the School of Education, with a 2.75 grade point average overall. The major contains three components:

  • Focus Area
  • Fieldwork
  • Common Learning Component

Contact the Office of Student Services for a list of acceptable course titles.

Educational Studies Second Degree Requirements

  1. Complete 42 credits.
    • At least 30 of the program credits must be earned in residence at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and following admission to the Educational Studies Program. The remaining 12 credits may be transferred from previous institutions/programs or earned inclusively within the Educational Studies program.
    • At least 20 of the 42 credits must be earned in upper-division courses (300 level or above). The common learning components allow for accommodation of this requirement.
  2. Earn at least 18 credits in selected focus areas. Select from: adult education, youth leadership, and training and workforce development.
    • Earn 3 credits in fieldwork within the selected focus area. The fieldwork placement will be determined by the faculty advisor and academic advisor.
    • Earn 24 credits in the common learning components. These credits will be selected in consultation with the faculty advisor: social cultural perspectives, human development and learning, program development, and communication skills and group processes.
  3. Achieve a 2.75 GPA on all focus area and common learning components credits.

College of Community Engagement and Professions Dean's Honor List

GPA of 3.750 or above, earned on a full-time student's GPA on 12 or more graded credits in a given semester.

Honors College Degree and Honors College Degree with Distinction

Granted to graduating seniors who complete Honors College requirements, as listed in the Honors College section of this site.

Commencement Honors

Students with a cumulative GPA of 3.500 or above, based on a minimum of 40 graded UWM credits earned prior to the final semester, will receive all-university commencement honors and be awarded the traditional gold cord at the December or May Honors Convocation. Please note that for honors calculation, the GPA is not rounded and is truncated at the third decimal (e.g., 3.499).

Final Honors

Earned on a minimum of 60 graded UWM credits: Cum Laude - 3.500 or above; Magna Cum Laude - 3.650 or above; Summa Cum Laude - 3.800 or above.