Application instructions

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Applying online is an easy three-step process:

Step 1: Select Starting Term & Residency Information

Step 2: Enter Major Program, Contact Information & Previous School(s)

Step 3: Answer Questions & Submit Required University and Program-Specific Documentation

Faculty from the academic program to which you applied will review your application package and make an admissions decision.

Every academic program makes admission recommendations on its own time schedule. The program may make decisions as it receives applications, may hold applications until a designated date and make all decisions at one time or may make periodic decisions. For this reason, it is important to understand the program’s requirements as well as any deadlines it may have.

Application deadlines

  • Application deadlines set by the program supersede those set by the Graduate School.
  • Applicants are expected to learn and follow the deadlines set by their program of interest.

Graduate School recommended application deadlines


Domestic students

Canadian and international students*

(Begins in Aug.) 

Apply by June 1

Apply by May 1

(Begins in Jan.)

Apply by Oct. 1

Apply by Sept. 1

(Spring begins in May;
Summer in June) 

Apply by Feb. 1

Apply by Jan. 1

International applicants should allocate time for visa processing.

Monitor, change and/or update your application

You may submit required documents and view the information you need to know about your application and admission decision using your online application status page. Log in with your temporary username and password, which were e-mailed to you when you applied. We can re-send the information if you forgot your credentials.

Please note the following:

  • It is not possible to change the term and program of your application once it has been submitted.

  • Because applications are specific to the initial program and term selected, you must submit a new application reflecting any additional programs and terms for which you would like to be considered.

  • Any previously submitted documents will be transferred to your new application.

Automated emails notifying you that documents (official transcripts, test scores, etc.) have been added to your application will be sent as they are uploaded.

After official acceptance to the University

You will receive an email with your admissions letter. This letter has important information about registration, including your Access ID and Student ID. Your IDs can also be found in the upper right hand corner of you Application Status page.

International students may check the status of their I-20 with the Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS). Please note, OISS oversees all of the I-20 process. Any questions should be directed to OISS.

Additional Information

Application fee 

Wayne State University does not require an application fee. 

Official transcripts

Official transcripts are those issued directly by your previous institution. They usually include a school imprint, seal, or original signature and stamp of the registrar or senior school official. Transcripts cannot be transmitted via the applicant and must be sent by the institution to Wayne State University and cannot read "issued to student." Electronic transcripts will be accepted if they are delivered securely from the registrar of the issuing institution directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions -