Why Choose UW?

Proud to be ranked #2

Department of Educational Psychology

in the nation

by US News & World Report


UW–Madison’s longest and proudest tradition is the Wisconsin Idea: the principle that our work should improve people’s lives beyond the boundaries of campus. This century-old guiding philosophy applies to our academics, research, and outreach. UW-Madison is a unique R1 university that offers expertise, personalized support, and connections at the program, department, and school level.

Learning Analytics Program

The online and flexible program provides the opportunity for students to learn in a way that best fits their schedule. Courses are designed to make use of the online modality by presenting content in a variety of ways, including professionally-produced videos and podcasts. Then, students engage with materials both individually and collaboratively, acquiring foundational knowledge and hands-on training necessary to make an impact. Coursework encourages students to pursue their interests and use their own data, when appropriate. Our motto is: Let your work enrich our curriculum, and let our curriculum enrich your work.

Department of Educational Psychology

Our Educational Psychology Department is routinely acknowledged as one of the very best in the country by US News & World Report (ranked #2 in 2023-2024) and the faculty who are pioneering this work are, quite literally, world renowned. Our students learn from the professors whose research, scholarship, and daily practices have been instrumental in defining and shaping the field itself.

School of Education

Our School of Education consistently offers innovative graduate programs and produces scholars who can build upon the practical application of knowledge and master their areas of study from a theoretic and analytic viewpoint. In all, the School of Education is home to 10 academic departments, each supporting the Wisconsin Idea in their own area of expertise, and is ranked #5 in the nation by US News & World Report.


The School of Education and many of its programs are widely regarded as being among the very best in the nation. Impact 2030 is an ambitious initiative designed to dramatically strengthen the already highly regarded school. The School of Education has four big goals leading up to the centennial celebration in 2030: Investing in Wisconsin’s Future Teachers, Transformational and Innovative Learning Experiences, Bolstering Faculty Support, and Significantly Strengthen Student Scholarships.

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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

Support Services for Students

The School of Education offers a variety of support services to its students. Graduate students within the online Learning Analytics program have full access to all student services at UW-Madison. The program’s student advisor works to get to know students, including their professional backgrounds, personal interests, and strengths, and connect them with strategic campus resources.

Below are links to some of the available programs and offerings for online graduate students.

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!

Email me: pat.walsh@wisc.edu

Schedule a meeting with me via Calendly