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Second Undergraduate Degree - Common Questions
What's the difference between a Second Undergraduate Degree and a New Major?There are two main differences between the two programs: program availability and credit requirements.

If you are seeking a second undergraduate degree, you may apply to any of the schools or colleges. With the new major program, you are restricted to majors in the College of Letters and Science, Peck School of the Arts, Helen Bader School of Social Welfare, and any major, except accounting, in the Sheldon B. Lubar School of Business if your first undergraduate degree was in business.

When seeking a second undergraduate degree, you are required to take more classes than if you were completing a new major. With a second degree you fulfill the General Education Requirements (GER), elective credits and core major classes. If completing a new major, you only enroll in the core major classes and their prerequisites.

What is a completed application file?A completed application file consists of an application and all official postsecondary transcripts. If your program is housed in the College of Letters and Science, you are also required to submit an official high school transcript. All applicants must pay the applications fee unless they meet one of the following exceptions: 1) previously attended UWM as a degree candidate; OR 2) the institution a student attended immediately prior to UWM was one of the 13 2-year campuses in the UW System.

When will a decision be made on my application?Once an application file is complete, you should expect to hear a decision in approximately 6-8 weeks. You will be mailed directions to access your PAWS (Panther Access to Web Services) account to check the status of your application.

How will I know what courses I've taken at other institutions count towards my degree at UWM?When you apply to UWM for a second undergraduate degree or a new major, the Department of Enrollment Services grants you 90 advanced standing credits (a Nursing student will receive 96 credits). The school/college to which you applied will examine your transcripts and determine if any courses from your first undergraduate degree can apply toward program requirements at UWM. If some courses from your first undergraduate degree fulfill program requirements, then you will not have to take those courses a second time. Please contact the school/college to which you applied for more information on your credit evaluation.

If I graduated from UWM, how will my GPA be impacted by pursuing a second degree? If you have previously earned your degree from UWM, your attempted and earned credits as well as your cumulative GPA will start over with the courses you take in pursuit of your second degree. Your original record cannot be altered.

NOTE: Grades associated with courses earned at other institutions are not factored into your UWM GPA.

What if I am interested in teacher certification? Who should I contact?Please view the teacher certification website for more information. Contact the School of Education Advising office at 414-229-4721 if you have more questions after viewing the website.

What if I am interested in a certificate program?Certificate programs are offered by the School of Information Studies, College of Health Sciences, the College of Letters and Science, and the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare. Most certificate programs require that you have already completed an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution or are currently working on a degree at UWM. Several certificate programs that do NOT require the completion of a degree are offered by the College of Health Sciences (nutrition, older adult fitness, strength and conditioning, molecular diagnostics, and the study of complementary and alternative medicine). Forensic science certificates in Death Investigation, Forensic Toxicology, and Forensic Science have been jointly established by the College of Health Sciences, the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare, and the College of Letters and Science. The College of Letters and Science also offers a number of other certificate programs. Please contact the certificate program coordinator for more information on the individual certificate program and how to obtain the Declaration of Certificate form.