Applications for the Learning Analytics program

General Information

  • The admissions deadline is May 1st; however, the application period is closed when enrollment capacity is reached. Applying early is important!
  • We use a “rolling admissions” process in which applications are reviewed as they are received.
  • Applicants are informed of their enrollment status within a few weeks of their applications.

Program Requirements

  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.00 or higher based on the last 60 credits earned from the degree granting institution.
  • Basic computer skills and equipment, and a reliable internet connection.
  • International student? Check your country’s requirements

Program Policies

Learning Analytics students are required to maintain a 3.0 grade point average to receive a Master of Science degree from the Department of Educational Psychology. This is in accordance with Graduate School GPA policies. Students enrolled in the Learning Analytics program are not allowed to accept graduate assistantships or University appointments which grant waivers of tuition (i.e. any combination of graduate student employment in excess of 33.3%).

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Applications for the MS in Educational Psychology – Learning Analytics program are submitted via UW-Madison’s Graduate School portal

Scholarship Application

Committed Scholars Program information, including qualifications, deadlines, and application link

Drop-In Office Hours

Program Director Dr. Julia Rutledge
Program director Julia Rutledge hosts weekly office hours for prospective students. Feel free to stop by get questions answered about:

Curriculum design * Online modality * Instructional team * Time commitment * Job prospects… and more!

Join via Zoom on Tuesdays, any time between 12:30-1:30CST

Committed Scholars Program

The Department of Educational Psychology is proud to offer the Committed Scholars Program (CSP) to further advance the Commitment to Equity initiative. The CSP seeks to address inequities in education by supporting graduate students throughout and after completion of their Learning Analytics program. The CSP will build Scholar-leaders who are committed to working with diverse populations and tackling education achievement gaps. Click to learn more about the scholarship program, including qualifications, deadlines, and application link.

Program Application Materials and Process

The following materials should be submitted in your application to the Graduate School:

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1. Curriculum Vitae/Resume

  • Please include all relevant work, internship, and volunteer experience
  • Include all education experience, from both formal institutions (provide degree, major, GPA, and years attended) as well as informal training (e.g. work or volunteer training, certificate programs, etc.)

2. Statement of Purpose for graduate study

You will need to upload your statement to the online application. Your statement should be approximately 2 pages words and may include:

  • Goals: goals for graduate study and mastery in learning analytics
  • Interests: specific topic(s) of interest in the learning analytics field
  • Recognitions: any special recognitions or honors you may have received
  • Commitment: your motivation to complete this challenging two-year graduate program
  • Other: anything else you would like us to know about your unique needs or interests

3. Request Letters of Recommendation

Two letters are required.

  • Enter the names and email addresses of your letter writers in your online application. An email invitation to upload letters and directions for uploading will be sent to your letter writers by the graduate school.
  • It is your responsibility to be sure your letters of recommendation have been sent.  Log onto your online application and check the Online Admissions Status Information System (OASIS) to verify that your letters have been received.

4. Complete the Online Application Form and select 'MLA Program Option'

  • Be sure to indicate your application is for the Summer Term
  • When applying to the Graduate School, you will need to select the correct Program Option in the Graduate School’s Online Application Form. On the Application Information webpage of the form, select ‘Educational Psychology MS – Learning Analytics’ in the first dropdown menu field.
  • Be sure to submit the Graduate School application and Statement of Purpose online. Do NOT mail in any paper copies of the application materials to the Graduate School.

5. Pay your Application Fee via credit card, wire transfer, or e-check

Application Fee: $75

  • The Graduate School offers a limited number of application fee grants to make sure that the application fee is not a barrier for students from our key recruiting initiatives. For more information see this link.

6. Upload a PDF of your transcripts to your online application

Upon a recommendation for admission from the department, the Graduate School will prompt you to provide an official transcript.  You do not need to provide an official transcript to the department.

  • International applicants, please follow the instructions found here to learn about the requirements of previous degree (transcripts) and English proficiency.

Tuition & Fees

Please note that the following tuition rate is for UW-Madison special programs offered online. It is not the rate published for graduate programs on the registrar’s page. Our program’s tuition rate and fees are listed below.

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Tuition for MS in Educational Psychology – Learning Analytics courses is $1,000 per credit.


There is a one-time $130 documents fee charged at the beginning of the first semester; there are no additional fees charged to students.


This is a Zero-Textbook Cost degree; all materials will be provided. There are no required purchases for textbooks.

Office of Financial Aid

Students in the Learning Analytics program are eligible for Federal Student Aid. For more information about Federal Student Aid, please visit the UW Office of Student Financial Aid. To apply for financial aid, please visit the FAFSA website and complete the online registration. When applying for aid you will need the University of Wisconsin–Madison Institution Code: 003895.

Other Types of Financial Assistance

UW offers a variety of other types of scholarships and aid. Visit this site: to find out if you may be eligible.

Assistantships & Tuition Remission Eligibility

Students enrolled in the Learning Analytics program may accept graduate assistantships at UW-Madison; however, they are not eligible to receive the tuition remission that is typically part of the compensation package for a graduate assistantship.

International Students

Are international students eligible for online degree programs? Yes, however they are NOT eligible for a student visa and are expected to perform the coursework in their home country. These programs are not eligible for UW-Madison’s certification to admit and host international students on campus and therefore ISS cannot issue an I-20 or DS-2019 for their studies. Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP): 42.2806. For more information, please refer to the International Student Services website, or contact them directly: 

There are different requirements specific to each country. Check your country’s requirements.

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International students are admissible to the program but are not eligible for student visas.

Since these students will not be on a student visa, it’s important to know that they will not be eligible for traditional employment routes allowed under a student visa.  For example, student visas allow for work authorization.  Students would be responsible for working with their employer or through other avenues to secure this.

English-Speaking Institutions

Students who have not been educated in an English-speaking institution must have met the Communications Part A requirement to be eligible for admission.  It is the institution, not the country, that must be English-speaking for instruction.


UW-Madison does not work with Agents. We cannot guarantee admission to the institution or imply there is a pathway to guaranteed admission.

Other Restrictions

  • UW will not provide immigration documentation for online students for any reason, including to attend graduation.
  • Since these students will not be on a student visa, it’s important to know that they will not be eligible for traditional employment routes allowed under a student visa.  For example, student visas allow for work authorization.  Students would be responsible for working with their employer or through other avenues to secure this.
  • Some countries have enacted or are exploring Value-Added Taxes (VAT) that appear to be applicable to online education expenses and may be billed to UW.  For example, India has a 2% VAT that may apply.  ISS has given VCFA a heads up as this would be applicable to all online education; ISS is unsure if UW has been billed any fees on this front.
  • The US has limitations/restrictions on serving people from selected countries.  We will follow up with the Export Control Office to learn more.  Note: OAR does not monitor country of residence for admission purposes.
  • OUD international students would not have access to Terra Dotta as they would not be supported by a F-1 or J-1 visa with UW. Note: Terra Dotta is a student portal for immigration information/communication.

Questions? Chat with Pat, our Enrollment Coach

As an enrollment coach, my role is to answer your questions about the Learning Analytics program and to help you decide if this program is the right fit for you and your career goals. Prospective students often ask me about:

  • Eligibility: Am I qualified?
  • Workload: What’s the typical weekly time commitment?
  • Collaboration: How will I be interacting with the teaching team and other students?
  • Application advice: Who should I ask for a reference? How can I improve my resume?
  • Etc.

Pat Walsh, Enrollment Coach

I am here to help you navigate this decision process and welcome you into the Badger family.

So let’s connect!

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