Admission requirements

Application fee

The graduate application fee is $50. This fee does not apply to MIGS, graduate non-degree or graduate guest applications.

The application fee is due when you submit your application. It is non-refundable. Once paid, the application fee is valid for four consecutive terms should you choose to reapply to the same or another program.

Application fee waivers

The following categories may qualify for a fee waiver. Please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions if you are unsure whether you qualify for a fee waiver, or if you do qualify and need the waiver applied to your application. Only one fee waiver will be granted per student. Once you pay the application fee, a refund cannot be issued at a later date.

Fee waivers may be granted based on the following categories:
(Email with documentation verifying your participation.)

1. WSU Alumni

The application fee will be waived electronically within 24 hours of submitting your application. There is no need to contact us.

2. WSU Current Employees

Please send an email with your WSU department, title and access ID.

3. Pipeline Affiliations

BUILD (Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity)
GMS (Gates Millennium Scholars)
IMSD (Initiative for Maximizing Student Development)
LSAMP (Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation)
McNair (Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program)
MARC (Minority Access to Research Careers)
PREP (Post-Baccalaureate Research and Education Program)
RISE (Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement)
SROP (Summer Research Opportunities Program)

4. Service & Volunteer Based (Current or alumni)

Military service and veterans
Peace Corps
Teach for America
City Year
Summer in the City

5. Need Based

DACA and Undocumented Applicants
Financial Need (Must provide proof of participation in government assistance program.)

6. Humanitarian Crises

7. Graduate School Events

If you attend select on-campus recruitment events hosted by the Graduate School (such as Fall Open House) or one of the graduate programs at WSU, your application fee will be waived if you submit an application while at the event. Only individuals applying while at the event will qualify for the fee waiver. Please check with the department hosting the event beforehand to find out if the department is offering application fee waivers and if so, what the formal process is for qualifying during the event (each department is different).


You must have a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States or a comparable degree from an officially recognized institution outside the United States to apply for graduate admission.


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.

Test scores

The Graduate School does not require the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). However, individual program requirements vary.  Some graduate programs require you to submit satisfactory scores from the GRE.  Please check with your program of interest about specific requirements.

If you are applying to a graduate program in the Mike Ilitch School of Business, you will be required to submit satisfactory scores from the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or GRE. Contact the Mike Ilitch School of Business for specific requirements.

If your program of interest requires test scores, you will need to use school code 1898 to send your official GRE and GMAT scores to Wayne State University's Office of Graduate Admissions.

Official transcript

Submit your official transcript(s) to:

Wayne State University
Office of Graduate Admissions
5057 Woodward Ave., Suite 6000
Detroit, MI 48202

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.

We will accept 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. If requested the school code for sending official transcripts to the Office of Graduate Admissions is 1898.

An electronic (secure, certified PDF) transcript is official as long as it is not altered. A printed copy of a PDF transcript is not official. We will not accept an attested or notarized copy of a transcript, a hand delivered transcript, or a transcript that reads "issued to student." 

International applicants, please click here for additional information on the admissions process and submitting official academic documents.

Unofficial transcripts may be submitted for the Office of Graduate Admissions to grant a decision on your application. In this case, temporary admission may be granted pending receipt of your official documents. For the fastest service, you should upload unofficial transcripts directly to your online application. However, you may also opt to use postal mail or email to send unofficial transcripts to the Office of Graduate Admissions.


For tuition purposes, your residency status will be determined during the admission process based on information available in your admission records. Residency status is determined according to the tuition regulations and review procedures established by the Board of Governors of Wayne State University.

If you are admitted as a non-resident but think there are circumstances which would warrant changing your residency classification, contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at

After registering for classes, you may challenge the initial classification by filing an Application for Residence Classification (PDF) with the Records and Registration Office. The application must be received by:

  • Sept. 30 for the fall and medical year terms.

  • Jan. 31 for the winter term.

  • July 31 for the spring/summer term.

Ohio/Ontario Good Neighbor Policy

Non-resident graduate students who are residents of Fulton, Lucas, Ottawa or 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 the M.D. and doctor of pharmacy programs. Please refer to the Tuition and fee regulations for additional details.

Additional requirements

All credentials and/or documents you submit should contain your full name, WSU AccessID or date of birth. Lack of this information may cause processing to be delayed. Please notify the Office of Graduate Admissions if the name you provided prior to enrollment changes.

All materials submitted during the application process become property of the university and will not be returned to the applicant.

For more information on the application process and how to write a compelling personal statement, visit the application support page.

Application FAQ

Is there an application fee?

Yes. The application fee is $50 for both domestic and international applicants. If you believe you qualify for a waiver based on the categories listed above, please email to request an application fee waiver. Supporting documentation verifying your eligibility must accompany your request.

I haven't graduated with my bachelor's yet. Do I have to wait until my degree is posted to apply to graduate school?

No. Simply have your institution submit a transcript containing the most current record to support your application. Once your degree is posted, you must have an official final transcript with degree statement sent to Wayne State.

  • You should not apply for a graduate school term that begins before you expect to receive your bachelor's degree.
  • You will be required to provide proof of your bachelor's degree during your first term of graduate enrollment. Failure to do so could result in discontinuation of enrollment.
I have an open application but would like to defer it for a different semester. Is that possible? 

Because applications are specific to the initial program and term selected, you must submit a new application reflecting the program and term for which you currently would like to be considered. Any previously submitted documents will be transferred to your new application. 

I want to apply for financial aid, scholarships or a graduate teaching/research assistantship. Should I send my application to the Office of Graduate Admissions?

No. Any applications for support should be submitted to the program to which you are applying or, if indicated, the department listed on the form. Submitting these requests to the Office of Graduate Admissions can cause a costly delay.

I submitted an application. How do I log in to check my status or add documents to my application?

Your online application status page will display where you are in the application process. On this page, you may submit required documents, answer questions, and view the information you need to know about your application and admission decision.

Do I need to submit anything other than the application and transcripts?

Many departments have additional requirements beyond those of the Office of Graduate Admissions, such as GRE, letters of recommendation and a statement of purpose. These requirements will be listed on the graduate application for admission. You can submit any required materials through that application.

How can I find my AccessID and student ID?

Both your AccessID and student ID can be found near the top of your application status page, above and to the right of your name.

What types of transcripts are official?

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. They 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.
I only took one course from a community college and it shows up on my university transcript. Can I just have my university transcript sent to Wayne State?

Although the university requires only the bachelor's degree transcript for an admission decision, some academic programs require transcripts from all postsecondary schools you have attended. Be sure to check with your academic program if you have any questions regarding requirements.

Do I need to submit my application again after opening it?

The Office of Graduate Admissions will make your application available to the program for review after it has satisfied the minimum university requirements; you are not required to formally indicate your application is complete. As such, there is no "submit" button.

How do I know when my application is complete?

Your application is considered complete once you have submitted all documents to satisfy both the university's minimum requirements and your program's specific requirements. Information about our program's requirements can be found on the program's website. It is the responsibility of the applicant to make sure the required materials are uploaded before the deadline.

When will I know the admission decision on my application/what are my chances of being admitted?

Many factors are involved in the admission decision process. The different colleges at Wayne State University work hard to make sure they both give applicants a fair chance at admittance and admit those who are well-suited to each program. After making sure your application is complete, you can contact your program of interest for information about their decision process. Because the admission process requires time and care, we thank you for being patient while waiting for a decision.

How do I make sure my documents get attached to my application?
  • You can upload the required materials directly to your application via your application status page. This page can be accessed by visiting and logging in with the credentials provided to you when you first applied. You are not required to mail the Office of Graduate Admissions any of your documents unless specifically requested to do so.
  • Please note, the process of receiving, processing and uploading mailed documents takes time. When your documents are received and processed, you will automatically receive an email notification that documents have been uploaded to your application. Document processing times range from two to seven business days.
Do I have to submit my financial documents before I can be admitted?

Your application can be considered without a financial affidavit of support or bank statement. However, an I-20 cannot be granted until we have proof of your financial ability to study at Wayne State University. The Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) will process your I-20 after you submit a copy of your passport and financial documents verifying the required funds.

Can I make an appointment to speak with an advisor?

The best way to contact us is by email at However, if you wish to speak with someone in person, you may call the Office of Graduate Admissions at 313-577-4723. You may also visit our office during our regular business hours; no appointment is necessary. A staff member will be available to assist you with any general inquiries regarding the application process.

Please note, you will need to contact your program of interest to make an appointment with their advising staff if you have questions related to program-specific admissions requirements, deadlines or the decision process.

What code should I use to send my official transcripts, English proficiency test results, GRE or GMAT scores?