International students

international student

University admission requirements

Graduate School recommended 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.
Semester Canadian and international students*
(Begins in Aug.) 
Apply by May 1
(Begins in Jan.)
Apply by Sept. 1
(Spring begins in May;
Summer in June) 
Apply by Jan. 1

Academic preparation

  • International applicants must complete the equivalent of a U.S. four-year degree, including all state and external/internal examinations required for the degree.
  • Although a degree in another country may have a name similar to a U.S. degree, this does not necessarily indicate the degree can be accepted as equivalent.

Note: Three-year general degrees (from Canada, India, Pakistan, France, Lebanon, etc.) are not accepted for graduate admission to Wayne State University. In all cases, applicants must have completed a four-year honors degree or additional undergraduate requirements to be considered for admission to graduate school at Wayne State.

Grade point average

  • 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 GPA of 3.0.

Verification of degrees

  • Official documents must show the degree title and the date of award.
  • If the applicant is currently a candidate for a degree, admission can be made on a provisional basis.
    • The provisional status of the admission can only be satisfied when the appropriate transcript with a degree statement is received by the Office of Graduate Admissions.
  • It is expected that all graduate level students will have earned their bachelor’s degrees prior to beginning graduate studies at Wayne State and will provide evidence of such no later than their first term of academic enrollment. Failure to do so may result in discontinuation of enrollment.
  • Transcripts or mark sheets of bachelor’s degree grades must be sent to the Office of Graduate Admissions.
  • Transcripts must show a record of subjects taken, grades and the degree earned.
    • The units or credits earned for each course should also be listed. 
  • All documents should be submitted in English and in the native language (if applicable).
  • Photocopies of original overseas international documents must bear the signature of the registrar and the seal of the issuing institution.
    • The signature and seal must be original and separate from the photographic image.
  • Attested or “true” copies are acceptable only if certified by signature and seal of an administrative official from the school in which the studies were completed.
    • Copies of such documents may also be attested by the embassy, consulate or ministry of education located in the country from which the student is applying.

Program admission requirements

Some academic programs may have GPA and/or English proficiency standards that are higher than the university’s minimum requirements. Academic programs may also 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. Doctoral applicants should have substantial specialized coursework in the proposed area of study.