Applying for admission


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Admission Requirements

Baccalaureate Degree

Applicants who have or will obtain a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution in the U.S. or a comparable degree from an officially recognized college or university outside the U.S. may apply for graduate admission. 

Grade Point Average

For regular admission consideration, master’s degree applicants should have a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 2.75 or its equivalent in upper division coursework. Doctoral applicants should have a minimum of 3.0.

Test Scores

Some graduate programs may require an applicant to submit satisfactory scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), including advanced (subject) exams scores.

Consult your program of interest about specific test score requirements.

Applicants to the School of Business can submit satisfactory scores from the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

Consult the school of business about specific test score requirements.

English Proficiency 

English proficiency minimum requirements set by the program supersede those set by the Graduate School. Applicants are expected to learn and meet the minimum requirements set by their program of interest.

All applicants whose native language is not English and/or the applicant earned a bachelor's degree or higher from an institution outside of the U.S. are required to establish English proficiency, some countries are exempt from this requirement. Applicants are required to submit an official qualifying score meeting our minimum Graduate School requirements:

    • 79 internet-based (IBTT)
    • 550 paper-based (PBTT)
    • ​85
    • 6.5 (overall band)

Program Requirements

Some academic programs may have GPA and/or English proficiency standards that are higher than the university’s minimum requirements. Academic programs may require supplementary admission materials and entrance exams that must be submitted before an application is considered complete. Applicants should contact their program of interest to learn about specific requirements.

Note: Some doctoral programs require the completion of a master's degree before admission is granted to a doctoral program. Doctoral applicants should also have substantial specialized coursework in the proposed area of study.

Official Transcripts

According to the guidelines set by the American Association of College Registrars and Admission Officers (AACRAO), official college transcripts, mark sheets and degree certificates are those that have been received in a sealed envelope or an electronic (secure, certified PDF) directly from the issuing college or university. It must bear the institutional seal, current date and an appropriate signature of the Registrar or Recorder of Records. Additionally, transcripts providing certification of the degree earned must include the degree and the date the degree was awarded.

Note: The office of graduate admissions will not accept an attested or notarized copy of a transcript, a hand delivered transcript or a transcript that reads "issued to student" as an official transcript even if the transcript is received in a sealed envelope.

Wayne State University Office of Graduate Admissions accepts official transcripts electronically, by postal mail or by courier. Electronic transcripts will be accepted if they are delivered securely from the registrar of the issuing institution directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions –

An electronic (secure, certified PDF) transcript is official in its electronic form as long as it is not altered. A printed copy of a PDF transcript is not official.

Official Transcripts should be delivered to:
Wayne State University
Office of Graduate Admissions
5057 Woodward Avenue Suite 6000
Detroit, MI 48202

For students whose previous institution will not send an official transcript directly to the office of graduate admissions, students have the option to submit an official transcript evaluation completed by a NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Service) member organization to fulfill the official transcript requirement. The office of graduate admissions prefers that applicants use WES (World Education Services) or ECE (Educational Credential Evaluators). The official transcript evaluation must be transmitted directly from the selected NACES evaluator to the office of graduate admissions electronically, by postal mail or courier.

All evaluations must include a course by course report and a calculated cumulative GPA.

Note: Beginning in 2016 all international students are encouraged to submit an English translated transcript evaluation. 

The office of graduate admissions prefers that applicants use WES or ECE .

Additional Requirements

All credentials and or documents submitted to the Office of Graduate Admissions should contain the student's full name, WSU Access ID or date of birth. Lack of this information may cause processing to be delayed.

Please notify the Office of Graduate Admissions if the name that you provided prior to enrollment changes.

Note: All materials submitted in the process of applying to the university become property of the university and will not be returned to the applicant.

Residency Information

The initial determination of residency status for tuition purposes is made by the institution during the admissions process, and is based on information available in the admission records. The residency status of a student is determined according to the tuition regulations and review procedures established by the Board of Governors of Wayne State University.

When an applicant is admitted to Wayne State University as a non-resident but thinks that there are circumstances which would warrant changing their classification to that of a resident they should contact the office of graduate admissions:

After registering for classes a student may challenge the initial classification made by the Office of Graduate Admissions by filing an Application for Residence Classification with the Records and Registration Office. Application for Residence Classification must be received by:

  • September 30 for the Fall Term and the Medical Year Term
  • January 31 for the Winter Term
  • July 31 for the Spring/Summer Term

Ohio/Ontario Good Neighbor Policy - Graduate Students Only
Graduate non-resident students who are residents of Fulton, Lucas, Ottawa and Williams counties in Ohio or Ontario, Canada and enroll at Wayne State University in eligible academic programs will have the non-resident portion of tuition waived. This tuition benefit does not apply to certain academic programs, including School of Medicine MD program and the Doctor of Pharmacy program. Please refer to the Tuition and Fee Regulations for additional details.