Admission Application

Applications for graduate study are made through the Wichita State University Graduate School regardless of the program. In addition to the Graduate School’s application, certain program areas will also require a program application.

All application materials in the folders (at the Graduate School and departmental levels) may be reviewed by the applicant upon request, except recommendation forms/letters where the applicant has waived his or her right to see the recommendations.

An admission to the Graduate School remains valid only if a student enrolls and completes at least one class as a graduate student within one calendar year of the admission semester. However, students admitted to the physician assistant, physical therapy, or other professional programs must enroll the semester of admission in order for the admission to remain valid. Students may apply to more than one program at a time, but may be admitted to only one program.

Note: Application requirements, including application fees, deadlines and required materials are subject to change. Please refer to the Graduate School website ( for the most up-to-date information.

Admission Application Fee

All applicants to the Wichita State University Graduate School must pay a nonrefundable application fee each time an application is submitted. The application fee is:

$75 For international students
$60 For U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents (proof of permanent residency will be required)
$10 Graduate Badge

Application Deadlines

The following are deadlines for submission of complete application materials for all applicants seeking on-time registration, except those applying for admission to programs in aging studies, anthropology, arts leadership and management, audiology, biological sciences, business administration, chemistry, communication sciences and disorders, counseling, creative writing, educational leadership, executive MBA, health administration, history, human resource management, innovation design, liberal studies, management science and supply chain management, nursing, physical therapy, physician assistant, psychology, public administration, school psychology, social work, sociology and studio arts. Applicants to the program areas identified above should refer to departmental information in this catalog for application deadlines.

Graduate School Application Deadlines

  International Students Citizens or Permanent Residents
Fall semester May 1 August 15
Spring semester October 1 December 1

Note: In cases where the departmental deadline is earlier than the Graduate School deadline, applicants must meet the departmental deadline. If the departmental deadline is later than the Graduate School deadline, the applicant must meet the Graduate School deadline.

Records required for admission to programs without application deadlines, and from applicants not requiring visa status, should reach the Graduate School by the published Graduate School application deadline for the semester in which admission is desired. Materials received after this date will be processed as the time of staff and faculty permits, but the Graduate School cannot guarantee that final action can be taken in time to allow enrollments for graduate credit.

Because of possible limitations in the number of faculty and available facilities, there are restrictions on the number of students admitted to some graduate programs. These limits may prevent some qualified students from being admitted. Since programs with enrollment limitations generally take action on new applicants in February or March for fall admission, early application is recommended. Preference is usually given to degree-seeking applicants.

Admission Preparation

Applicants with bachelor’s degrees in programs in which credit was awarded for experiences which were outside the control of a regionally accredited educational institution, for example, credit for life experience, may be viewed by some programs as inadequately prepared to undertake graduate study. In such instances, admission to the Graduate School may be denied or approved with prerequisite coursework assigned to fill the deficiencies.