International students

international student

University Admission Requirements

A complete academic record includes credentials that indicate all courses of study completed and degrees or certificates earned at the collegiate level. Secondary school records are not required of those applying for graduate study.

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

Students have the option to submit an official transcript evaluation completed by a NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Service) member organization for verification of academic records to the office of graduate admissions. 

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.

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.


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

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

Verification of Academic Records

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.

All documents should be submitted in English and in the native language (if applicable).

Transcripts must show a record of subjects completed, grades and the units or credits earned for each course.

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.