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McNair Program

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Eligibility Requirements:

  • Interested in pursuing a research-based graduate degree (e.g. Ph.D., M.A./M.S., M.F.A., J.D./Ph.D., M.D./Ph.D.)
  • Be a member of an eligible student population:
    • First-generation college student from a low-income background
    • A member of a historically underrepresented group (self-identify as African-American; Hispanic/Latinx; Native American or Alaska Native; or Native Hawaiian or Native Pacific Islander)
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Have completed at least 45 academic credits
  • Plan to be enrolled at UW-River Falls for at least two more years


If you fulfill the eligibility requirements, it is time to apply. Fill out and submit the preliminary application form electronically, or come to the McNair Program Office, 216 David Rodli Hall, to fill out a paper application. Once you have submitted your preliminary application, McNair Program staff will review your application and if you appear to meet the eligibility requirements, contact you to arrange a face-to-face interview.

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Contact Us
216 David Rodli Hall
Office Hours:
M-F 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

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