Admission Requirements

Degree Admission

To pursue a graduate degree at WSU, students must be admitted to the specific program for which they are seeking a degree. Students may not be admitted to more than one degree program at a time.  The Graduate School at Wichita State University considers each applicant holistically for admission to its various programs. While baselines are set to aid departments in making decisions, additional factors will be considered when reviewing each application. These considerations include experience, recommendations, test scores, and even program capacity. Unless otherwise indicated for a specific program or degree level, the GPA baseline for graduate admission is 2.750.

Specialist and Master’s Programs

Applicants for full-standing degree admission to the specialist and master’s programs typically must have:

  1. Earned a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution or a recognized institution in another country whose requirements for the bachelor’s degree are substantially equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree. The basis on which credits are awarded for the bachelor’s degree must be consistent with the policies and procedures for the award of such credit at Wichita State; and
  2. Achieved a grade point average of at least 2.750 from a U.S. institution, or its equivalent from a foreign institution, including any postbachelor’s graduate work, and no more than 9 credit hours of background deficiencies in the desired field of graduate study. In certain instances, the GPA may be based on the last 60 credit hours of coursework (or nearest semester or term break to this). Many departments require a higher minimum grade point average.1

Although an entrance exam is not a requirement for admission to the Graduate School, certain program areas require either the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT). Applicants should refer to the program and admission requirements table to determine if a specific program requires an entrance exam.

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Doctoral Programs

Applicants for full-standing degree admission to the doctoral programs typically must meet the following requirements:

  1. Hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution or a recognized institution in another country whose requirements for the bachelor’s degree are substantially equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree. The basis on which credits are awarded for the bachelor’s degree must be consistent with the policies and procedures for the award of such credit at Wichita State.
  2. Typically, applicants must meet the GPA requirement as explained below.
    1. For programs where the minimum requirement for admission is the bachelor’s degree, students must achieve a grade point average of at least 3.000 from a U.S. institution, or its equivalent from a foreign institution, including any postbachelor’s graduate work. In certain instances, the GPA may be based on the last 60 credit hours (or nearest semester or term break to this).
    2. For programs where the minimum requirement for admission is the master’s degree, students must achieve a grade point average of at least a 3.250 from a U.S. institution, or its equivalent from a foreign institution in all graduate-level coursework.
  3. A student may have no more than 9 credit hours of background deficiencies in the desired field of graduate study.

Although an entrance exam is not a requirement for admission to the Graduate School, certain program areas may require the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). Applicants should refer to the program and admission requirements table to determine if a specific program requires an entrance exam.

Nondegree Admission

Persons who already possess a graduate degree, who do not want to seek an additional graduate degree at this time, or who wish to take graduate courses for professional advancement or personal satisfaction, should apply for nondegree admission. Students originally admitted to a nondegree category may later apply for degree admission. A maximum of 12 credit hours of graduate credit taken while in a nondegree category — not including courses leading to a graduate certificate — may be counted toward a degree program, provided students have obtained the approval of their major department and the graduate dean, through submission of the plan of study.

Nondegree, Category A

Admission to this category provides students the opportunity to take any level of graduate coursework for which they have the prerequisites. Nondegree applicants seeking graduate certificates must be admitted under this category. Upon satisfactory completion of a course, credit is placed on a Wichita State University graduate transcript. However, only credit earned in courses numbered 500 and above is counted as graduate-credit work.

Students applying for admission in this category typically must meet the following requirements:

  1. A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution; and
  2. A grade point average of at least 2.750, including any postbachelor’s graduate work. In certain instances, the GPA may be based on the last 60 credit hours of coursework (or nearest semester or term break to this). Many departments require a higher minimum grade point average.1

Although there is generally no application deadline for nondegree, Category A admission, applicants are encouraged to provide the following items no later than three weeks prior to the start of the semester in which they wish to enroll:

  1. The Graduate School application form (submitted online)
  2. Application fee (submitted online)
  3. Uploaded copies of transcripts of either all academic work including the bachelor’s, or an earned master’s degree (uploaded as part of the online application form)
    Note: If admitted, an official copy of the uploaded transcript will be required. WSU transcripts will be ordered by the Graduate School for admits who have completed WSU coursework.

Nondegree, Category B

This category is specifically for students who are not seeking a graduate degree but who want to continue personal and professional development beyond the bachelor’s level through enrollment in certain graduate-level courses, including workshops. Students in this category are restricted to enrollment in courses numbered through 799 and for which they have the prerequisites. Credit earned in Category B status is placed on a Wichita State University graduate transcript; graduate credit is awarded for courses numbered 500 through 799.

Students applying for admission in this category must have earned a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution. Many programs require a minimum grade point average.

Although there is generally no application deadline for nondegree, Category B admission, applicants are encouraged to provide a completed application packet no later than three weeks prior to the start of the semester in which they wish to enroll.

The completed application packet must contain the following:

  1. The Graduate School application form (submitted online)
  2. Application fee (submitted online)
  3. Uploaded copies of transcripts of either a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution or a copy of a teaching certificate (uploaded as part of the online application form)
    Note: If admitted, an official copy of the uploaded transcript will be required. WSU transcripts will be ordered by the Graduate School for admits who have completed WSU coursework.

Graduate Certificate Programs

Graduate certificates are awarded to students who desire interdisciplinary coursework to complement their graduate degree program or who, for academic, personal or professional reasons, desire graduate-level education not leading to a graduate degree.

Students seeking graduate certificates must be admitted to the Graduate School in a degree program or in nondegree, Category A status. All Graduate School policies relative to the admission criteria mentioned previously apply.

Students completing the requirements for a graduate certificate program must submit the Graduate Plan of Study form and the Application for Degree form no later than the 20th day of the fall or spring semester or the 10th day of the eight-week summer term when certificate completion is anticipated.

The graduate plan of study is prepared in conjunction with the advisor of the graduate certificate program area and is forwarded to the dean of the Graduate School. Certificate advisors are expected to inform students that a plan of study and certificate degree form are required according to the above deadlines.

Certificate programs are not eligible for Title IV (federal financial aid) funding unless the certificate is a requirement of the degree program. The exceptions are approved programs of at least one academic year in duration that lead to a certificate and prepare students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation. Approved programs will be designated with disclosure information on the program web page in the applicable academic college.

Graduate Badge Admission

Admission to this category provides students the opportunity to take badge coursework for which they have the prerequisites. Students in this category are not seeking a graduate degree, but want to continue professional development through skills acquired in the badge coursework. Students applying for admission in this category typically must meet the following requirements:

  1. A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution; and
  2. A grade point average of at least 2.750. In certain instances, the GPA may be based upon the last 60 credit hours of coursework (or nearest semester or term break to this), including any postbachelor’s graduate work.

Although there is no application deadline for the graduate badge category, students are encouraged to provide the following items no later than two to three weeks prior to the start of the badge course in which they wish to enroll:

  1. The Graduate School application form (submitted online)
  2. Application fee (submitted online)
  3. Uploaded copies of transcripts of either all academic work including the bachelor’s, or an earned master’s degree (uploaded as part of the online application form)
    Note: Those admitted to Badge status do not have to submit official transcripts for admission. 

Important Note: Depending on a program’s structure, badge credit may not be used in the future for a degree or certificate program. If a badge student later applies for and is admitted to a degree seeking program that does allow badge coursework, all graduate rules with respect to coursework will apply to the badges (e.g. time limits; nonletter graded coursework limits).

Graduate Guest Admission

Graduate students in good standing at another regionally accredited graduate school may be admitted as visiting guest students. Such admission is valid for only one semester. Admission requires the submission of a completed application and application fee, and a signed letter from the graduate dean or the dean’s representative at the home institution certifying the student’s status as a graduate student in good standing. Visiting guests must have their school’s permission to take up to one semester’s work for transfer back to their home institutions. If enrollment is desired beyond one semester, students must obtain regular admission.

English Proficiency

Proof of English proficiency may be required for U.S. citizens or permanent residents who are non-native English speakers. Please review the more detailed English Proficiency section for additional information.