Graduate Degree Programs and Departmental Admission Requirements

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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 below, the GPA baseline for graduate admission is a 2.750. Unless otherwise specified, required application materials will be uploaded or entered through the online application portal.

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. International applicants may have to complete significant additional foundational coursework beyond what may appear on a student's transcript. This can include, but is not limited to, (re)taking business law, financial accounting, taxation, accounting information systems and auditing courses at Wichita State University.
Aerospace Engineering
Master of Science (MS)
GPA 3.000; undergraduate degree in engineering or related field.
Doctor of Philosophy (MS to PhD)
GPA 3.250 in all graduate hours, master’s degree in engineering or physical science.
Doctor of Philosophy (BS to PhD)
Minimum GPA of 3.25 in last 60 hours (2 years) of coursework; undergraduate degree in aerospace engineering or closely related field; a letter of recommendation from a faculty member in the department of Aerospace Engineering stating that he or she would be the student’s academic and research advisor.
Aging Studies (MA) One-page letter of intent, statement of computer proficiency, contact information for two professional references. Priority Application Deadlines: July 15 for fall, December 1 for spring, April 15 for summer. Concentrations offered: Social Sciences (online only), Public Health (online only), and Administration (online or on-ground).
Anthropology (MA) GPA 3.250; 15 hours of anthropology; statement of purpose with intended specialization, Deadlines: February 1 for fall, October 1 for spring.
Art, Studio (MFA) BFA degree or equivalent; 3.000 GPA in art courses; submit resume (or curriculum vitae), portfolio (15-20 images or video/audio - 2 minute maximum acceptable), contact information for three people to provide letters of recommendation, artist statement, and letter of intent. Deadlines: first Wednesday in February for fall admission; first Wednesday in October for spring admission.
Audiology (AuD) GPA 2.750 overall; 3.000 GPA last 60 hours and in major; official GRE or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) taken within the last five years. Applicants will file a separate application through CSDCAS which will include three letters of recommendation, statement of purpose, and professional resume. Summer admission only. Deadlines: CSDCAS application is due January 15, by 11:59 pm EST. Graduate School application, fee and transcripts are due January 15.
Biological Sciences (MS) Bachelor’s degree in life-science related field from an accredited institution; GPA 3.00 in all undergraduate biology courses; contact information for three references from science faculty, one-page statement of purpose that addresses the student’s areas of interest in biology. Application deadlines: March 1 for fall, October 1 for spring.
Biomedical Engineering (MS) GPA 3.000 GPA; bachelor's degree in a discipline relevant to BME; statement of purpose including a section on research interests; GRE scores; contact information for three people to provide letters of recommendation.
Business Administration (MBA) GMAT or GRE scores (taken within the last six years); personal goals statement; contact information for two people to provide letters of recommendation; current resume. GMAT/GRE may be waived in certain circumstances; visit http://wichita.edu/mba for details on exceptions. Application deadline – July 1 for fall; December 1 for spring.
Executive Business Administration (EMBA) Departmental application; personal essay; contact information for references; interview; five years relevant work experience. Program admits every other year (odd years only), the next intake is Fall 2019; application deadline is May 1, 2019; early application is encouraged. Visit website for specific details: http://wichita.edu/emba.
Chemistry
Master of Science (MS)
BS Chemistry (ACS approved or equivalent); GPA 3.000 overall and in all chemistry courses; general GRE; contact information for two people to provide letters of recommendation; statement of goals and research interests. 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; contact information for two people to provide letters of recommendation; statement of goals and research interests. Deadlines: April 1 for Fall, September 1 for Spring.
Communication (MA) GPA 3.000; statement of purpose.
Communication Sciences and Disorders
Master of Arts (MA)
GPA 2.750 overall; 3.000 last 60 hours and in major; official GRE or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) taken within the last five years. Applicants will file a separate application through CSDCAS which will include three letters of recommendation, statement of purpose, and professional resume. Fall admission only. Deadlines: CSDCAS application is due January 15, by 11:59 pm EST. Graduate School application, fee and transcripts are due January 15.
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
GRE score is desired; Miller Analogies Test (MAT) may be substituted for GRE; GPA at least 3.500; Letter of intent; professional resume; contact information for three professional references; sample of research and/or writing (optional); department may request an interview.
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; statement of professional goals; contact information for three people to provide letters of recommendation; resume. Application deadlines: May 1 for summer/fall applicants; Nov. 1 for spring applicants.
Creative Writing (MFA) GPA 3.000 in English coursework; 24 credit hours of relevant coursework. Fiction option will require 20 pages of original writing; poetry option will require 4–6 original poems. Admission for fall semester only. Deadline: January 10.
Criminal Justice (MA) GPA 3.000; autobiographical statement of interests and goals; contact information for two references.
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 micro-economics, one course in statistics and one course in calculus, the latter two with a grade of C+ (2.300 points) or better.
Educational Leadership
Master of Education (MEd)
GPA 3.000; contact information for three people to provide letters of recommendation; resume; one year full-time teaching experience in an accredited school; mentor support letter; goals statement.
Doctor of Education (EdD)
GPA 3.500 in all graduate hours; three years of professional experience in P-12, higher education, or other educational organization; contact information for three professional references (1 supervisor and two professional peers); current resume; statement of professional goals; sample of academic writing. Summer admission only; review of completed applications will begin in November – applications will be accepted through June 1.
Educational Psychology (MEd) Applicants must meet at least one of the following three conditions: (1) A GPA of 3.000; 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, contact information for three people to provide references, statement of professional goals and research interests.
Electrical and Computer Engineering (MS) BS in electrical or computer engineering, or a related area; cumulative GPA of 3.000. GRE 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; contact information for two professional references 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; 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 coursework; 24 credit hours of relevant English coursework; 500 word statement of purpose (see website for details on statement of purpose requirements: http://wichita.edu/english).
Exercise Science (MEd) No additional documents required for consideration; students may be required to complete the following prerequisites: CHEM 101 (Elementary Chemistry); HPS 229 (Applied Human Anatomy); HS 312 (Exercise and Sport Nutrition); HPS 328 (Biomechanics/Kinesiology); HPS 490 (Exercise Physiology).
Global Supply Chain Management (MS) Applicants must possess an undergraduate degree in business, engineering, science, or related field. GPA of 3.00 overall or in the last 60 hours (whichever is better) of undergraduate coursework and in all graduate coursework. Students with lower GPAs may submit GMAT or GRE scores for consideration of admission on probation. GRE/GMAT not required, but is preferred for all candidates. Submit personal goal statement, which clearly articulates the applicant’s reason for seeking admission to the program (500 word maximum); CV/Resume; contact information for two people who will serve as references. Meet the minimum TOEFL and IELTS requirements set by the Graduate School, for students with English as a second language. Applicants needing F1 visa must also provide documentation for financial support. Deadlines – May 1 for fall and October 1 for spring.
History (MA) GPA 3.000 in all history coursework; undergraduate major in history or minimum of 18 credit hours of history coursework; 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; undergraduate degree in engineering, science, business or other related discipline; satisfactory completion of MATH 243 (Calculus II) and IME 255 (Engineering Economy). Department prefers and strongly recommends the GRE.
Doctor of Philosophy (MS to 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; Contact information for two references, 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.
Doctor of Philosophy (BS to PhD)
Direct admission from the BS is offered for truly exceptional students to the PhD program. Applicants must have consistent and exceptional credentials throughout all their academic career, including: An undergraduate degree in engineering, physical science, or other related discipline; A minimum GPA of 3.50/4.00 during the final 60 hours of coursework; and A letter of endorsement for admission from an ISME graduate faculty member (this requirement reflects the willingness of an ISME graduate faculty member to serve as the research advisor for the applicant upon admission). All other minimum requirements for admission into the PhD in Industrial Engineering program must be met.
Innovation Design (MID) Applicants should submit a resume and a statement of purpose, also, they may 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 admission committee if minimum qualifications are met. Deadlines: June 1 for fall, September 1 for spring, February 1 for summer.
Learning and Instructional Design (MEd) Show potential to do graduate work by meeting one of the following: (1) be a graduate of the WSU teacher education program with at least a 2.750 GPA, or (2) be a graduate from an NCATE accredited program with at least a 3.000 GPA, or (3) score at least 152 in Verbal reasoning and 153 in Quantitative reasoning on the GRE, or (4) achieve a minimum score of 40 on the MAT, or (5) provide alternative evidence of academic aptitude. All applicants must also provide evidence of involvement in teaching, and/or program design, or receive a recommendation by the graduate program committee.
Liberal Studies (MA) GPA 3.000; applicants should contact the graduate coordinator for an initial interview. In addition, students must complete a brief essay describing their motivation for selecting the liberal studies program, outlining their proposed three areas of study, and showing how the program will contribute to their educational and career goals. Students must also submit contact information for two people to provide letters of recommendation. Deadlines for application are April 1 for the fall semester and October 1 for the spring semester.
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)
A calculus-based engineering degree (including differential equations, and physics courses with lab) or equivalent, with a cumulative GPA of 3.00 on 4.00 scale; GRE strongly recommended; statement of interest and two academic reference letters corroborating the applicant's undergraduate background; depending upon chosen concentration area, students may have to complete prerequisite coursework.
Doctor of Philosophy (MS to PhD)
GPA 3.250 in all graduate hours; minimum combined GRE score of 310 (Verbal and Quantitative) and minimum score of 3.5 on the Analytical Writing section; contact information for two graduate faculty members to serve as references; statement of purpose indicating research interests.
Doctor of Philosophy (BS to PhD)
The mechanical engineering department offers direct admission to the PhD program for truly exceptional students who have earned a bachelor’s degree. Applicants must have consistent and exceptional credentials throughout their academic career – including a program GPA equivalent of 3.500/4.000 or higher in an undergraduate mechanical or closely related engineering program. A minimum combined GRE score of 310 or greater in Verbal and Quantitative skills and a minimum score of 3.5 in Analytical Writing skill are required; contact information for two graduate faculty members to serve as references; statement of purpose indicating research interests. Also, applicants are expected to demonstrate proven undergraduate research experience.
Music (MM) Options include: opera, piano accompanying, chamber music, piano pedagogy, instrumental conducting, history/literature, composition, performance. Requires an accredited bachelor’s degree in music; minimum of 60 credit hours in music, with at least 24 credit hours in basic music studies (history and theory) and 15 credit hours in a major specialty. Individual options may have additional requirements for admission; consult the graduate program coordinator for specific details. Performance areas will require candidates to complete a satisfactory audition in their performance area of specialization. All areas will require applicants to submit contact information for three people to provide letters of recommendation.
Music Education (MME) Options include: choral, elementary, voice, instrumental, special education, instrumental conducting. Requires BME or equivalent. Students holding bachelor’s degrees in music other than the Bachelor of Music Education must satisfy public school certification requirements to qualify for full admission. Applicants without such certification are admitted on a conditional basis pending their attainment of public school teaching credentials. All areas will require applicants to submit contact information for three people to provide letters of recommendation.
Nursing
Nursing (MSN)
Bachelor’s degree with a major in nursing from NLN or CCNE accredited school; GPA of 3.000; RN licensure in the state in which the applicant practices; professional liability insurance; computer literacy and electronic database literature searching skills; evidence of meeting technical standards as identified by the WSU School of Nursing; background check is required. Must submit both Graduate School and departmental applications. Admission for fall semester only — application deadline May 1.
Nursing Practice (BSN to DNP)
For students entering following the award of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree, a GPA of 3.000; BSN from a nationally accredited nursing program (NLN or CCNE); RN licensure in Kansas and/or other authorized online states; an approved graduate statistics course taken within the past six years; professional liability insurance; and additional application to the department is required. Admission for fall semester only – application deadline is May 1.
Nursing Practice (MSN to DNP)
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); RN licensure in Kansas and/or other authorized online states; Additional application to the department is required. Admission is for spring semester only – application deadline is October 15. Additional requirements are detailed in the Nursing section of the Graduate Catalog and on the School of Nursing website.
Physical Therapy (DPT) Visit program website for admission requirements and deadline information: http://wichita.edu/PT.
Physician Assistant (MPA) View program website for admission requirements and deadline information: http://wichita.edu/PA.
Physics (MS) Requires 24 credit hours of undergraduate physics, including 3 credit hours mechanics and 3 credit hours of electricity and magnetism.
Psychology (PhD)
Community, Clinical, Human Factors
GRE (general); 3.000 GPA; contact information for three professional references; personal essay; supplemental information (honors, scholarships, employment history, etc.); professional article sample (articles, presentations, projects, etc.). Fall admission only; deadline for community and human factors: January 15; deadline for clinical: December 1.
Public Administration (MPADM) GPA 3.000 in the last 60 credit hours of coursework; letter of application, resume, contact information for two references, intermediate level of skill (or better) with word processing, spreadsheet and presentation software programs. Deadline 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 program. 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 (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). Applicants must submit names and addresses of three (3) persons from whom they may request letters of reference, resume, goal statement, writing assessment. An interview (either in person, or Skype) will be required. Application deadlines: March 15 for summer or fall admission; October 15 for spring admission.
Social Work (MSW) 2.750 GPA; strong undergraduate preparation in liberal arts and sciences; departmental application, statement of purpose, contact information for three people to provide references. Deadline: 5 p.m. on December 15 for fall.
Sociology (MA) GPA 3.000; 15 hours sociology; college algebra; contact information for three people to provide references; statement of purpose that includes research interests and goals; Deadline: March 1 for fall.
Spanish (MA) GPA 3.000 in Spanish courses; for nonnative speakers, 24 credit hours undergraduate Spanish beyond basic language courses (8 credit hours at junior/senior level); for native speakers, 12 credit hours at junior/senior level.
Special Education (MEd)
High Incidence, Early Childhood Unified, Low Incidence, Gifted
GPA 3.000 or acceptable GRE (required scores: Verbal 152 / Quantitative 153) 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. 2.75 GPA in last 60 hours of coursework; BA/BS from an accredited higher education institution in the content area eligible for restricted licensure (or equivalent coursework in content area); receive passing score on PRAXIS Subject Assessment exam for restricted licensure area; secure a teaching contract in an accredited school district.

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.