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From the Vice Provost for Research and Dean of the Graduate School


Marquette University offers a broad array of outstanding graduate educational opportunities, including doctoral degrees, master’s degrees and certificate programs. Graduate-level programs contribute to the vibrant intellectual community found at Marquette. Each of the programs described in this section of the bulletin has been designed to provide you with the educational experience in classroom, laboratory and clinical settings that will help you meet your professional and personal goals.

Marquette’s graduate programs provide you with the opportunity to study with superb faculty who are strongly committed to their roles as teachers and as scholars. A spirit of exploration, discovery and innovation unites the work of our faculty and graduate students, whether they are probing the fundamental questions in their specific disciplines or applying new knowledge, often through novel interdisciplinary approaches, to solve some of the most challenging problems of our time. This vibrant community of scholars is informed by the mission of Marquette University. Graduate programs, while unique in emphasis and based on discipline-specific information and methods, are conducted in such a manner that students understand and appreciate the Jesuit/Catholic linking of faith, justice and search for truth. Further, Marquette's graduate programs emphasize a worldview informed by multicultural and global perspectives. Finally, students are encouraged to engage in service to their communities and to commit to the ethical practice of their profession.

In addition to the individual graduate programs, the Graduate School offers a wide range of academic support and professional development services. Among these are the Graduate Student Organization and the student-led Preparing Future Faculty program. These organizations provide graduate students with the opportunity to interact with colleagues from across campus and offer extracurricular social and professional development opportunities. More information about Graduate School programs and services is available on the Graduate School website.

I invite you to explore the details of our graduate programs through the links found here. The staff of the Graduate School and the faculty in the individual programs welcome your interest in Marquette University!

Jeanne M. Hossenlopp, Ph.D.
Vice Provost for Research and Dean of the Graduate School

Mission Statement

The mission of the Marquette University Graduate School is to contribute to the discovery of knowledge through scholarly activities, to provide leadership in defining the graduate experience and to advocate for an environment that nurtures exploring and learning. To accomplish its mission, the Graduate School ensures quality, consistency and continuity in graduate programs; establishes and monitors institutional commitment to standards; and stimulates improvement and change in the research and pedagogical settings. The Graduate School communicates with stakeholders in a continuing effort to maintain the centrality of graduate education to the mission of Marquette University and to excite the graduate environment.

How to Use

The Graduate Bulletin contains information regarding the academic calendar, admissions, degree requirements, fees, regulations and course offerings. Prospective and current graduate students are responsible for all information contained in this bulletin that is pertinent to graduate study and their specific field. Academic policy and course changes will apply to all students as of the date they become effective, regardless of whether they were in effect at the time the student initially enrolled at Marquette. A graduate student may follow the program requirements of the bulletin that are in effect at the time he/she submits an application, or any other bulletin used during their enrollment as long as the student's program has not been discontinued in the bulletin year the student decides to follow. That is, students may not continue in programs that have been discontinued, unless they maintain continuous enrollment from the time of admission and follow the degree requirements in effect during one of the bulletin years in which the program was active. Students must abide by only one bulletin's rules. If any exceptions to this policy are required due to length of time between submitting an application and beginning the program, the student will be notified in writing of the applicable bulletin to follow. In order to properly audit a student's academic record for graduation, the student must notify the Graduate School in writing if any bulletin other than the one in effect at the time of application is to be used.

Graduate School students must assume full responsibility for knowledge of the rules and regulations of the Graduate School and the special requirements of their individual degree programs. It is the responsibility of each graduate student to verify and meet the deadlines listed in the Academic Calendar (e.g., for submitting forms, submitting theses or dissertations).

Changes to the Graduate Bulletin

Marquette University reserves the right to make changes of any nature in its programs, calendar, or academic schedule whenever in its sole judgement it is deemed necessary or desirable. Certain provisions in the bulletin may be in the process of amendment or change. Accordingly, the bulletin is not intended to be relied upon as a statement of the university's contractual undertakings. The decision of Marquette University as to the interpretation and method of implementation of its rules, regulations, program requirements, schedules and calendars shall be conclusive and final.

The information in this bulletin and other university bulletins, publications, or announcements may change without notice. Current information is available from the Graduate School.


The Graduate School office is located in Holthusen Hall, 305, 1324 W. Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53233. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with the exception of national or university holidays when the office is closed. Mail should be sent to Marquette University Graduate School, P.O. Box 1881, Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881. The Graduate School's telephone number is (414) 288-7137, the fax number is (414) 288-1902, the email address is, and the website.

Degrees Offered

 * No formal specialization offered.

Program Degree Specializations Program Administered By:
Bioinformatics (BIIN)M.S.*Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science / Medical College of Wisconsin
Biological Sciences (BSCI)M.S., Ph.D.Biochemistry (BCHM), Cell Biology (CEBI), Developmental Biology (DEBI), Ecology (ECOL), Genetics (GENE), Microbiology (MICR), Molecular Biology (MOBI), Neurophysiology (NPHY), Physiology (PHYS)Biological Sciences
Biological Sciences (BSCI)Ph.D.Neuroscience (NSCI)Biological Sciences / Biomedical Sciences
Biomedical Engineering (BIEN)M.S., Ph.D.Bioinstrumentation/Computers (BICO), Biomechanics/Biomaterials (BIOM), Rehabilitation Bioengineering (REBI), Systems Physiology (SYPH)Biomedical Engineering
Biomedical Engineering (BIEN)M.E.Biocomputing (BIOC), Bioimaging (BIOI), Bioinstrumentation (BIOE), Biomechanics (BIOM), Biorehabilitation (REBI)Biomedical Engineering
Biomedical Engineering (BIEN)Ph.D.Functional Imaging (FUIM)Biomedical Engineering / Medical College of Wisconsin
Chemistry (CHEM)M.S., Ph.D.Analytical Chemistry (ANCH), Bioanalytical Chemistry (BIAN), Biophysical Chemistry (BIPH), Chemical Physics (CHPH), Inorganic Chemistry (INCH), Organic Chemistry (ORCH), Physical Chemistry (PHCH)Chemistry
Civil Engineering (CIEN)M.S., Ph.D.Construction Engineering and Management (CEMA), Environmental Engineering (ENEN), Structural Engineering and Structural Mechanics (SESM), Transportation Engineering and Materials (TEMA)Civil and Environmental Engineering
Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC)M.S.Addiction Counseling (ADCO), Child and Adolescent Counseling (CACO)Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology
Clinical Psychology (CLPS)Ph.D.*Psychology
Clinical and Translational Rehabilitation Health Science (CTRH)M.S., Ph.D.*Health Sciences
Communication (COMM)M.A.Advertising and Public Relations (ADPR); Communication Studies (CMST); Journalism (JOUR); Mass Communication (MASS); Communication about Health, Environment, Science and Sustainability (CHESS)Communication
Communication (COMM)CertificateDigital Storytelling (DIST)Communication
Computational Sciences (CMPS)M.S., Ph.D.*Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science
Computing (COMP)M.S.*Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science
Counseling (COUN)M.A.School Counseling (SCHC)Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology
Counseling Psychology (COPS)Ph.D.*Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology
Dentistry (DENT)M.S.Dental Biomaterials (BIMA), Endodontics (ENDO), Orthodontics (ORTH), Periodontics (PERI), Prosthodontics (PROS)Dentistry
Dentistry (DENT)CertificateAdvanced Education in General Dentistry (Completion), Endodontics (Specialty), Orthodontics (Specialty), Periodontics (Specialty), Prosthodontics (Specialty)Dentistry
Dispute Resolution (DIRS) Note: Moratorium on admissions.M.D.R., Certificate*Professional Studies
Educational Policy and Leadership (EDPL)M.A.Curriculum and Instruction (CUIN), Educational Policy and Foundations (EDPF), Literacy (LITR)Educational Policy and Leadership
Educational Policy and Leadership (EDPL)M.Ed.College Student Personnel Administration (STPA), Educational Administration (EDAD), Elementary Education (ELED), Secondary Education (SEED)Educational Policy and Leadership
Educational Policy and Leadership (EDPL)CertificateDirector of Instruction (DIIN), Elementary Education (ELED), Principal (PRIN), Reading Specialist (RESP), Reading Teacher (RETE), Secondary Education (SEED), Superintendent (SUPR)Educational Policy and Leadership
Educational Policy and Leadership (EDPL)Ph.D.*Educational Policy and Leadership
Educational Psychology (EDPS) Note: Moratorium on admissions.M.A.*Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology
Electrical and Computer Engineering (EECE)M.S., Ph.D.*Electrical and Computer Engineering
Electrical and Computer Engineering (EECE)CertificateDigital Signal Processing (DISP), Electric Machines, Drives and Controls (EMDC), Microwaves and Antennas (MIAN), Sensors and Smart Sensor Systems (SSSS)Electrical and Computer Engineering
English (ENGL)M.A.British and American Literature (BRAM)English
English (ENGL)Ph.D.American Literature (AMLI), British Literature (BRLI)English
Foreign Languages and Literatures (FOLL)M.A.Spanish (SPAN)Foreign Languages and Literatures
Healthcare Technologies Management (HCTM)M.S.*Biomedical Engineering / Graduate School of Management / Medical College of Wisconsin
History (HIST)M.A.European History (EURO), United States History (USHI), Global Studies (GLST)History
History (HIST)Ph.D.European History (EURO), United States History (USHI)History
Interdisciplinary Ph.D. (INPR)Ph.D.*Graduate School
International Affairs (INAF)M.A.*Political Science
Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science (MSCS)M.S.Mathematics for Secondary School Teachers (MSST)Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science
Mechanical Engineering (MEEN)M.S., M.E., Ph.D.Energy Systems (ENSY), Manufacturing and Materials Systems (MMSY), Mechanical Systems (MESY)Mechanical Engineering
Nonprofit Sector Administration (NPSA)Certificate*Graduate School
Nursing (NURS)M.S.N.Advanced Practice Nursing: Adult-Older Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ACCA), Adult-Older Adult Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (ADUL), Adult-Older Adult Primary Care Clinical Nurse Specialist (ADCS), Nurse-Midwifery (MIDW), Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner/Clinical Nurse Specialist (PEDI), Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (PEDA); Clinical Nurse Leader (CLNL); Systems Leadership and Healthcare Quality (SLHQ)Nursing
Nursing (NURS)Post-master’s CertificateAdult-Older Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ACNP), Adult-Older Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist (ADCNS), Adult-Older Adult Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (ADNP), Family Nurse Practitioner (FANP), Nurse-Midwifery (NUMI), Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (PEDI), Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (PEDA), Systems Leadership and Healthcare Quality (SLHQ)Nursing
Nursing (NURS)D.N.P.Advanced Practice Nursing: Adult-Older Adult Acute Care Nurse Practioner (ACCA), Adult-Older Adult Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (ADUL), Nurse-Midwifery (MIDW), Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner/Clinical Nurse Specialist (PEDI), Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (PEDA); Systems Leadership and Healthcare Quality (SLHQ)Nursing
Nursing (NURS)Ph.D.*Nursing
Philosophy (PHIL)M.A.History of Philosophy (HIPH), Social and Applied Philosophy (SOAP)Philosophy
Philosophy (PHIL)Ph.D.Ancient Philosophy (ANPH), British Empiricism/Analytical Philosophy (BREM), Christian Philosophy (CHRI), Early Modern European Philosophy (MOPH), Ethics (ETHI), German Philosophy (GEPH), Medieval Philosophy (MEPH), Phenomenology-Existentialism (PHEN), Philosophy of Religion (PHRE)Philosophy
Physical Therapy (PHTH) Note: Information can be found in the Health Sciences Professional BulletinD.P.T.Health Sciences
Physician Assistant Studies (PHAS) Note: Information can be found in the Health Sciences Professional BulletinM.P.A.Health Sciences
Political Science (POSC)M.A.*Political Science
Public Service (PUBS)M.A.P.Dispute Resolution (DIRS)-Moratorium on admissions, Health Care Administration (HECA), Leadership Studies (LEDR), Nonprofit Sector (NPSE)Graduate School
Religious Studies (REST)Ph.D.Historical Theology (HITH), Judaism and Christianity in Antiquity (JUCA), Systematic Theology (SYTH), Theological Ethics (THET), Theology and Society (THSO)Theology
Speech-Language Pathology (SPLA)M.S.Bilingual English-Spanish (BIES)Speech Pathology and Audiology
Theology (THEO)M.A.Historical Theology (HITH), Judaism and Christianity in Antiquity (JUCA), Systematic Theology/Theological Ethics (SYTH)Theology
Theology (THEO)M.A.C.D.*Theology
Transfusion Medicine (TRME)M.S.T.M.Business Administration (BUAD), Education (EDUC), Science (SCIE)Graduate School

Legend of Abbreviations for Graduate Degree Programs:

M.A.Master of ArtsM.S.N.Master of Science in Nursing
M.A.C.D.Master of Arts in Christian DoctrineM.S.T.M.Master of Science in Transfusion Medicine
M.Ed.Master of EducationD.N.P.Doctor of Nursing Practice
M.E.Master of EngineeringD.P.T.Doctor of Physical Therapy
M.P.A.Master of Physician Assistant StudiesPh.D.Doctor of Philosophy
M.S.Master of Science


Degree Program - An academic program of study leading to a master’s, Ph.D. or professional degree. All degree programs require that a minimum number of semester credit hours be earned, as referenced in the official bulletins of the University that are produced each academic year.

Certificate - A post-baccalaureate or post-master program of study offered at the graduate level, in which a specific skill set is demonstrated at the end of the program, usually culminating in a capstone course. The courses in a certificate program may be applied toward a graduate degree program. A minimum of 12 semester credit hours must be earned in a certificate program.

Specialization - An integrated, coherent set of courses that define a limited topic or field of study at the graduate level that is taken within the degree program. A minimum of 12 semester credit hours must be earned in the specialization.

Accelerated Bachelor’s-Master’s Degree Program - Designed to provide a more efficient means to obtain a master’s degree. Allows students to begin accumulating credits toward completion of a master’s degree while still enrolled as an undergraduate.

Joint Programs Offered

Specializations for the joint degree programs are the same as the specializations listed in the DEGREES OFFERED section, above.

Program Degrees Program Administered By:
Communication (COMM)M.A. and M.A.Communication / Political Science
International Affairs (INAF)M.A. and M.B.A.Political Science / Graduate School of Management
International Affairs (INAF)M.A. and J.D.Political Science / Law
Nursing (NURS)M.S.N. and M.B.A.Nursing / Graduate School of Management
Philosophy (PHIL)M.A. and J.D.Philosophy / Law
Political Science (POSC)M.A. and M.A.Political Science / Communication
Political Science (POSC)M.A. and M.B.A.Political Science / Graduate School of Management
Political Science (POSC)M.A. and J.D.Political Science / Law

Accelerated Bachelor’s-Master’s Degree Programs Offered

Program Degrees Program Administered By:
Biomedical Engineering (BIEN)B.S.B.E. and M.S.Biomedical Engineering
Civil Engineering (CIEN)B.S.C.E. and M.S.Civil and Environmental Engineering
Clinical and Translational Rehabilitation Health ScienceB.S. and M.S.Health Sciences
Electrical and Computer Engineering (EECE)B.S.E.E. and M.S.Electrical and Computer Engineering
International Affairs (INAF)B.A. and M.A.Political Science
Mechanical Engineering (MEEN)B.S.M.E. and M.S. or M.E.Mechanical Engineering
Nursing for Non-Nursing Graduates (NURS)M.S.N.Nursing
Political Science (POSC)B.A. and M.A.Political Science
Speech-Language Pathology (SPLA)B.S. and M.S.Speech Pathology and Audiology

Legend of Abbreviations for Joint and Accelerated Degree Programs:

B.A.Bachelor of ArtsJ.D.Juris Doctor
B.S.Bachelor of ScienceM.A.Master of Arts
B.S.B.E.Bachelor of Science in Biomedical EngineeringM.B.A.Master of Business Administration
B.S.C.E.Bachelor of Science in Civil EngineeringM.E.Master of Engineering
B.S.E.E.Bachelor of Science in Electrical EngineeringM.S.Master of Science
B.S.M.E.Bachelor of Science in Mechanical EngineeringM.S.N.Master of Science in Nursing