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International applicants

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 when applying for graduate study.

You have the option to submit an official transcript evaluation completed by a National Association of Credential Evaluation Service (NACES) member organization to verify your academic records — we prefer you use World Education Service (WES) or Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE). 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.

You are encouraged to submit an English translated transcript evaluation.

Academic requirements

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.

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


Master’s applicant

Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or its equivalent in upper division coursework.

Doctoral applicant

Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or its equivalent in upper division coursework.

Verification of academic records

According to guidelines set by the American Association of College Registrars and Admission Officers, official college transcripts, mark sheets and degree certificates must be received in a sealed envelope or electronically (secure, certified PDF) directly from the issuing college or university.

  • Transcripts must bear the institutional seal, current date and an appropriate signature of the registrar or recorder of records.
  • Transcripts providing certification of the degree earned must include the degree and the date the degree was awarded.
  • All documents should be submitted in English and in your native language (if applicable).
  • Transcripts must show a record of subjects completed, grades, and the units or credits earned for each course.

We will not accept an attested or notarized copy of a transcript, a hand delivered transcript or a transcript that reads "issued to student."

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. Contact your program of interest for specific requirements.

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.

Recommended application deadlines

Application deadlines set by your program supersede those set by the graduate school.