Graduate Degree Programs and Departmental Admission Requirements

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Minimum grade point average (GPA) for all master’s programs is 2.750 in all coursework, including any postbachelor's graduate work.  In certain circumstances, the GPA  may be based on the last 60 credit hours of coursework or nearest two full years of coursework.

Programs Departmental Application Requirements
Accounting (MACC) Overall GPA of 3.200; grade of B (3.000) or better in all accounting courses; Undergraduate degree in accounting or the functional equivalent of an undergraduate degree in accounting from an AACSB accredited institution. Applicants not meeting these criteria will be required to take the GMAT and obtain a satisfactory score. A satisfactory GMAT score is considered to be in the 25th percentile or higher for each section and for the overall score.
Aerospace Engineering
Master of Science (MS)
GPA 3.000 last 60 hours; undergraduate degree in engineering or related field.
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
GPA 3.250 in all graduate hours, master’s degree in engineering or physical science.
Aging Studies (MA) Contact information for two professional references; personal statement; documented computer literacy. Application deadlines: July 15 for fall, December 1 for spring.
Anthropology (MA) GPA 3.250 last 60 hours; 15 hours of anthropology; statement of purpose with intended specialization, application deadlines: February 1 for fall, October 1 for spring.
Art, Studio (MFA) BFA degree or equivalent; 3.000 in art courses; upload the following through http://wsufinearts.slideroom.com: resume (or curriculum vitae), portfolio (15-20 images-digital images or video/audio - 2 minute maximum acceptable), three letters of recommendation, artist statement, and letter of intent. Options: ceramics, painting, photo media, printmaking, and sculpture. Deadlines: first Wednesday in February for fall admission; first Wednesday in October for spring admission.
Audiology (AuD) GPA 2.750 overall; 3.000 last 60 hours and major; GRE score is desired; Miller Analogies Test (MAT) may be substituted for GRE; three recommendation letters, one page personal essay; acceptance fee of $50. Applicants are encouraged to file separate application through CSDCAS. Summer admission only. The deadline to submit CSDCAS applications is January 15, by 11:59 p.m. EST. Graduate School application, application fee, transcripts, recommendations and other supporting documents are due by January 15.
Biological Sciences (MS) GPA 3.000 in all undergraduate biology courses; 24 credit hours in biology; 15 credit hours in chemistry; three reference letters from science faculty, one-page statement of purpose that describes research interests in biology. Application deadlines: March 1 for fall, October 1 for spring.
Biomedical Engineering GPA 3.000 in undergraduate coursework; Bachelor's degree in a discipline relevant to BME; statement of purpose including a section on research interests; GRE scores; three letters of recommendation.
Business Administration (MBA) GMAT or GRE scores taken within the last six years, personal goals statement; 2 reference forms; current resume. GMAT/GRE may be waived in certain circumstances; visit wichita.edu/mba for details on exceptions. Application deadlines: July 1 for fall; December 1 for spring.
Executive Business Administration (EMBA) Departmental application; personal essay; letters of recommendation; interview; 5 years relevant work experience. Program admits every other year (odd years – 2017, 2019, etc). Application deadline: May 1 (students outside the US) or June 1 (students inside the US) in year of intake.
Chemistry
Master of Science (MS)
BS Chemistry (ACS approved or equivalent); GPA 3.000 (overall and in all chemistry courses); general GRE (subject recommended); two recommendation letters; statement of goals and research interests. Application deadlines: April 1 for fall, September 1 for spring.
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
BS Chemistry (ACS approved or equivalent); GPA 3.000 (overall and in all chemistry courses); general GRE (subject recommended); two recommendation letters; statement of goals and research interests. Application deadlines: April 1 for fall, September 1 for spring.
Communication (MA) GPA 3.000 over last 60 hours; statement of purpose.
Communication Sciences and Disorders
Master of Arts (MA)
GPA 2.750 overall; 3.000 last 60 hours and major; GRE score is desired; Miller Analogies Test (MAT) may be substituted for GRE; three recommendation letters; one page personal essay; acceptance fee of $50. Applicants are encouraged to file separate application through CSDCAS. Fall admission only. The deadline to submit CSDCAS applications is January 15, by 11:59 p.m. EST. Graduate School application, application fee, transcripts, recommendations and other supporting documents are due by January 15.
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
GRE score is desired; Miller Analogies Test (MAT) may be substituted for GRE. GPA at least 3.500 in last 60 hours of coursework; professional resume; letter of intent explaining professional goals related to obtaining a PhD in this field; sample of research and or/writing (optional); three recommendation letters; acceptance fee of $100.
Computer Networking (MS) BS in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or an area related to information technology; Cumulative GPA of 3.000; GRE General Test is required for those whose degree is from institutions outside the U.S.
Computer Science (MS) BS in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or a related area; Cumulative GPA of 3.000; GRE General Test is required for those whose degree is from institutions outside the U.S.
Counseling (MEd) GPA 3.000 last 60 hours; statement of professional goals; names, addresses and telephone numbers of three references; resume; Application deadlines: May 1 for summer/fall applicants; Nov. 1 for spring applicants.
Creative Writing (MFA) GPA 3.000 in English courses; 24 hours of relevant courses. Fiction option will require 20 pages of original writing; Poetry option will require four-six original poems. Fall admission only. Application deadline: January 10.
Criminal Justice (MA) GPA 3.000 last 60 hours; autobiographical statement of interests and goals.
Earth, Environmental, & Physical Sciences (MS) Bachelor’s degree in any field of natural sciences, or acceptable coursework in natural sciences.
Economics (MA) GPA 2.750 in all economic courses and required mathematics. Must have completed principles of macro- and microeconomics, one course in statistics, and one course in calculus, the latter two with a grade of C+ (2.300) or better.
Educational Leadership
Master of Education (MEd)
GPA 3.000; three reference forms; resume; one year full-time teaching experience in an accredited school; mentor support letter; goals statement.
Doctor of Education (EdD)
GPA 3.500 all graduate hours; three years professional experience in P–16 educational organization; three recommendations from supervisors and/or professional peers; resume or CV; goals statement; sample of academic writing. Review of completed applications will begin in the fall semester. Summer admission only.
Educational Psychology (MEd) Applicants must meet at least one of the following 3 conditions: (1) A GPA of 3.000 or higher in last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework; OR (2) GRE scores of 150 or higher for each GRE subsection (Verbal and Quantitative), and a score of 4.0 or higher on the Analytical Writing subtest; OR (3) A score on the Miller Analogies Test equal to the national mean at the time of taking the test (400). In addition, applicants must submit a resume; names, addresses and phone numbers of three people to provide references; statement of professional goals and research interests.
Electrical Engineering (MS) BS in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, or a related area; Cumulative GPA of 3.000; GRE General Test is required for those whose degree is from institutions outside the U.S.
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (PhD) Completed bachelor's or master's degree with a GPA of at least 3.250 in electrical engineering, computer science or a related field; Official GRE scores; evidence of ability to carry out independent research and present it in written English is highly desirable; two (2) letters of recommendation and a statement of purpose are highly encouraged. Each applicant is evaluated individually. In addition to the previously listed requirements, applicants with a bachelor's degree will only be admitted to the PhD program if an EECS faculty member judges them as exceptional, and is willing to be their PhD advisor from the beginning of the program.
Engineering Management (MEM) GPA 3.000 last 60 hours and in all graduate work; undergraduate major in engineering, science, business, or related field; satisfactory completion of MATH 243, Calculus II; and IME 255, Engineering Economy; department prefers and strongly recommends the GRE.
English (MA) GPA 3.000 in English courses; 24 hours of relevant English courses; 500-word statement of purpose (see departmental information for details on statement of purpose requirements).
Exercise Science (MEd)
History (MA) GPA 3.000 in all history courses; undergraduate major in history or minimum of 18 hours of history; one-page statement of purpose; and a writing sample of no more than 20 pages. Application deadlines: March 15 for fall, October 1 for spring.
Industrial Engineering
Master of Science (MS)
GPA 3.000 in last 60 hours and all graduate work; undergraduate degree in engineering, science, business or other related discipline; satisfactory completion of MATH 243, Calculus II; IME 255, Engineering Economy. Department prefers and strongly recommends the GRE.
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Official GRE scores; GPA 3.250 in all graduate hours; evidence of the ability to carry out independent research and present it in written English is highly desirable; two letters of recommendation and a statement of purpose indicating research interests is encouraged; must have completed the following courses or their equivalents: IME 255, Engineering Economy; MATH 344, Calculus III; and a natural science course equivalent to that of the undergraduate engineering requirement; must have programming competence in at least one of the following languages: C, C++, or Visual BASIC; must have earned, or be about to earn, a master’s degree in engineering, physical sciences, or other related discipline.
Innovation Design (MID) Applicants will be given the opportunity to include in their application any credentials they believe represent their accomplishments and help explain why they wish to join the MID program. A personal interview will be scheduled with the admissions committee if minimum qualifications are met. Application deadlines: fall, June 1; spring, September 1; summer, February 1.
Learning and Instructional Design (MEd) Show potential to do graduate work by meeting one of the following: Be a graduate of the WSU teacher education program with at least a 2.750 GPA in the last 60 hours, or a graduate from an NCATE accredited program with at least a 3.000 GPA in the last 60 hours, or submit the GRE with scores of at least 152 in Verbal and 153 in Quantitative, or achieve a minimum score of 40 on the MAT, or provide alternative evidence of academic aptitude. All applicants must also provide evidence of involvement in teaching, and/or program design, or recommendation by the graduate program committee.
Liberal Studies (MA) GPA 3.000 last 60 hours; essay; personal interview; Application deadlines: April 1 for fall, October 1 for spring.
Mathematics
Master of Science (MS)
GPA 3.000 in all mathematics courses; undergraduate major in math or equivalent.
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
GPA 3.000 overall (3.250 in all graduate hours if applicant holds master’s degree) and 3.250 in mathematics and statistics.
Mechanical Engineering
Master of Science (MS)
Undergraduate degree in engineering or physical sciences; GPA 3.000 on a scale of 4.000 or First Class standing; GRE strongly recommended, especially if to be considered for financial assistantship; statement of purpose indicating research interests.
Doctor of Philosophy (MS to PhD)
GPA 3.250 in all graduate hours; GRE (general); two letters of recommendation from graduate faculty; statement of purpose indicating research interests.
Doctor of Philosophy (BS to PhD)
Admission directly from a bachelor's degree is offered to truly exceptional students. Applicants must have consistent and exceptional credentials throughout their academic career, including a program GPA equivalent to a 3.500 on a 4.000 scale or higher in an undergraduate mechanical (or closely related) engineering program; minimum combined GRE score of 310 (verbal and quantitative) and 3.5 in analytical writing; proven undergraduate research experience; statement of purpose indicating research interests; two professional reference letters.
Music (MM) Accredited music bachelor’s degree; minimum of 60 credit hours in music, with at least 24 hours in basic music studies (history and theory) and 15 hours in a major specialty. Individual options may have additional requirements for admission. Options include: chamber music, composition, history/ literature, instrumental conducting, piano accompanying, piano pedagogy, performance, opera performance.
Music Education (MME) BME or equivalent. Options include: choral, elementary, voice, instrumental, instrumental conducting, special education.
Nursing
Nursing (MSN)
Bachelor’s degree with a major in nursing from NLN or CCNE accredited school; GPA of 3.000 or higher in last 60 hours of undergraduate nursing coursework; RN licensure in the U.S. or territories; professional liability insurance; computer literacy; evidence of meeting technical standards as identified by the WSU School of Nursing; background check is required. Must submit both Graduate School and Departmental application. Admission for Fall only - Application deadline May 1.
Nursing Practice (DNP)
For students entering following the award of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree, a GPA of 3.000 in the last 60 hours is required, as is a BSN from a nationally accredited nursing program (NLN or CCNE), RN licensure in Kansas; an approved graduate statistics course taken within the past six years; professional liability insurance; requires departmental application. Admission for fall semester only–application deadline is May 1. For students entering the postmaster’s following the award of the master’s degree, a GPA of 3.250 in all graduate coursework is required, as is an MSN from a nationally accredited nursing program (NLN or CCNE). Admission for spring semester only—application deadline is October 15. Additional requirements detailed in the nursing section of the WSU Graduate Catalog and on the department website.
Physical Therapy (DPT) View the department website for detailed application requirements, deadlines, and instructions: http://wichita.edu/pt
Physician Assistant (MPA) View the department website for detailed application requirements, deadlines, and instructions: http://wichita.edu/pa
Physics (MS) Requires 24 credit hours of undergraduate physics, including 3 hours mechanics and 3 hours of electricity and magnetism.
Psychology (PhD)
Community, Clinical, Human Factors
GRE (general); three references; departmental application; biographical statement; fall admission only; deadline for clinical: December 1; deadline for community and human factors: January 15.
Public Administration (MPADM) GPA 3.000 last 60 hours; letter of application; resume; two letters of reference. Intermediate level of skill (or better) with word processing, spreadsheet and presentation software programs. Admission is on a rolling basis. Deadline for Assistantship or Fellowship consideration: April 1 for fall, November 1 for spring.
School Psychology (EdS) Applicants may enter the program from either a bachelor's or master's degree. For all candidates, there are three ways of determining academic competence for entry into the program. Applicants must meet at least one of the following conditions: (1) A GPA of 3.000 or higher in last 60 hours of coursework (both graduate and undergraduate); OR (2) GRE scores of 150 or higher for each GRE subsection (Verbal and Quantitative), and a score of 4.0 or higher on the Analytical Writing subtest; OR (3) A score on the Miller Analogies Test equal to the national mean at the time of taking the test (400). The department will request the following: names and addresses of three persons from whom they may request letters of reference; resume; goal statement; writing assessment; interview (either in person, or Skype). Graduates of WSU’s educational psychology program, or undergraduate psychology program, may have these requirements waived. See department for details. Application deadlines: March 15 for summer or fall admission; October 15 for spring admission.
Social Work (MSW) GPA 2.750 last 60 hours; strong undergraduate preparation in liberal arts and sciences; departmental application. Application deadline: 5 p.m. on December 15 for fall.
Sociology (MA) GPA 3.000 last 60 hours; 15 hours sociology; college algebra; three references; statement of purpose, research interests, goals. Application deadline: March 1 for fall.
Spanish (MA) GPA 3.000 in Spanish courses; for non-native speakers, 24 hours undergraduate Spanish beyond basic language courses (8 hours at junior/senior level); for native speakers, 12 hours at the junior/senior level.
Special Education (MEd)
High Incidence, Early Childhood Unified, Low Incidence, Gifted
GPA 3.000 last 60 hours or acceptable GRE (minimum score 152 Verbal and 153 Quantitative) or MAT scores; eligible for Kansas teaching certificate; applications reviewed upon receipt.
Sport Management (MEd) Letter of application; resume; three reference reports; GRE may be required.
Teaching (MAT) Recommend that interested students contact the program before applying to ensure eligibility. GPA 3.000 in last 60 hours, OR a GPA of 2.750 in last 60 hours combined with Miller Analogies Test score of at least 40 or Graduate Record Exam score. ECU and ML/S track students must pass a criminal background check obtained at the applicant’s expense.

Applicants whose native language is not English may also be required to demonstrate English proficiency, in the form of official scores on the TOEFL, IELTS or PTE-Academic. Please refer to the international admissions section of the catalog for details about the English proficiency requirement.