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GRADUATE SCHOOL

Admission Requirements

The Graduate School provides opportunities to pursue advanced study in more than 41 master's, 12 doctoral programs, 1 educational specialist, and 20 certificate areas. Two admission statuses, degree and non-degree, are available to accommodate qualified students desiring to pursue graduate degrees as well as those simply desiring to earn graduate credit for personal and professional reasons. In either status, students must be admitted to the Graduate School in order to receive graduate credit.

Application for graduate study is made through the Graduate School regardless of the program area desired. Certain program areas may also require a program application. All applicants are encouraged to apply on-line. An application fee will be required at the time of application. Application materials may also be mailed to potential students upon request.

Upon receipt of required application materials, your application will be forwarded to the desired program area. All admission recommendations are made at the program level. For this reason, the faculty member who serves as the graduate coordinator is often the best contact for a student who is considering graduate study. WSU's Graduate Coordinators are members of the more than 600 Wichita State University's Graduate Faculty and function as the liasion between the Graduate School and individual programs.

Admission to graduate study is based primarily upon an applicant's previous academic record; therefore, two official transcripts of all previous academic work, except work completed at WSU, must be submitted along with the Application for Admission and the Application Fee. These items must be received before any evaluation of your application may begin. 

The review of application materials may require several days or weeks depending upon the review cycle of the program area and the completeness of the application materials.

Minimum Requirements for Degree Admission: 
Doctoral Programs

Please note: Applicants with bachelor's degrees in programs in which credit was awarded for experiences which were outside the control of a regionally accredited educational institution, e.g., credit for life experience, may be viewed by some programs as inadequately prepared to undertake graduate study. In such instances, admission to the Graduate School may be denied or approved with prerequisite course work assigned to fill the deficiencies.

Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution or a recognized institution in another country whose requirements for the bachelor's degree are substantially equivalent to an American four-year bachelor's degree. The basis on which credits are awarded for the bachelor's degree must be consistent with the policies and procedures for the award of such credit at Wichita State.

A grade point average of at least 3.000 in the last 60 hours or nearest two years when the bachelor's degree is the admissions credential. Applicants with a master's degree or with completed graduate course work must have at least a 3.250 grade point average, and no more than nine hours of background deficiencies in the desired field of graduate study.  Some programs may require higher grade point averages and additional admission credentials.

Minimum Requirements for Degree Admission: 
Specialist and Master Programs

Please note: Applicants with bachelor's degrees in programs in which credit was awarded for experiences which were outside the control of a regionally accredited educational institution, e.g., credit for life experience, may be viewed by some programs as inadequately prepared to undertake graduate study. In such instances, admission to the Graduate School may be denied or approved with prerequisite course work assigned to fill the deficiencies.

Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution or a recognized institution in another country whose requirements for the bachelor's degree are substantially equivalent to an American four-year bachelor's degree. The basis on which credits are awarded for the bachelor's degree must be consistent with the policies and procedures for the award of such credit at Wichita State.

A grade point average of at least 2.750 based upon the last 60 hours of course work (or nearest semester or term break to this); including any post-bachelor's graduate work, and no more than nine hours of background deficiencies in the desired field of graduate study.  Some programs may require higher grade point averages and additional admission credentials.

Minimum Requirements for Non-Degree Admission: 
NonDegree, Category A Option

Please note: Applicants with bachelor's degrees in programs in which credit was awarded for experiences which were outside the control of a regionally accredited educational institution, e.g., credit for life experience, may be viewed by some programs as inadequately prepared to undertake graduate study. In such instances, admission to the Graduate School may be denied or approved with prerequisite course work assigned to fill the deficiencies.

Persons who already possess a graduate degree, and who do not want to seek a graduate degree at this time, or who wish to take graduate courses for professional advancement or personal satisfaction, should apply for non-degree admission. Students originally admitted to a non-degree category may later reapply for admission for degree bound consideration.

Admission to this category provides students the opportunity to take any level of graduate coursework for which they have the prerequisites. Students in this category are not restricted and may take courses at the 800-level or above. Non-degree applicants seeking graduate certificates must be admitted under this category. Upon satisfactory completion of a course, credit is placed on a Wichita State University graduate transcript. However, only credit earned in courses numbered 500 and above is counted as graduate credit work. Students applying for admission in this category must meet the following requirements:

Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution and a grade point average of at least 2.750 based upon the last 60 hours of course work (or nearest semester or term break to this), including any post-bachelor's graduate work. Some programs may require higher grade point averages and additional admission credentials.


Minimum Requirements for Degree Admission: 
Non-Degree, Category B Option

Please note: Applicants with bachelor's degrees in programs in which credit was awarded for experiences which were outside the control of a regionally accredited educational institution, e.g., credit for life experience, may be viewed by some programs as inadequately prepared to undertake graduate study. In such instances, admission to the Graduate School may be denied or approved with prerequisite course work assigned to fill the deficiencies.

Persons who already possess a graduate degree, and who do not want to seek a graduate degree at this time, or who wish to take graduate courses for professional advancement or personal satisfaction, should apply for non-degree admission. Students originally admitted to a non-degree category may later reapply for degree bound consideration.

This category is specifically for students who are not seeking a graduate degree, but who want to continue personal and professional development beyond the bachelor's level through enrollment in certain graduate level courses, including workshops. Students in this category are restricted to enrollment in courses numbered through 799, and for which they have the prerequisites. Credit earned in category B status will be placed on a Wichita State University graduate transcript, with graduate credit being awarded for courses numbered 500 through 799. Students applying for admission in this category must meet the following requirements:

Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution.

Minimum Requirements for Degree Admission: 
Non-Degree, Graduate Guest Option

Please note: Applicants with bachelor's degrees in programs in which credit was awarded for experiences which were outside the control of a regionally accredited educational institution, e.g., credit for life experience, may be viewed by some programs as inadequately prepared to undertake graduate study. In such instances, admission to the Graduate School may be denied or approved with prerequisite course work assigned to fill the deficiencies.

Graduate students in good standing at another regionally accredited graduate school may be admitted as a visiting guest. Such admission is valid for only one semester. Admission requires the submission of a completed graduate school application and a signed letter from the graduate dean or the dean's representative at the home institution certifying the student's status as a graduate student in good standing.

Visiting guests must have their school's permission to take up to one semester's work for transfer back to their home institutions. If enrollment is desired beyond one semester, application for regular Non-Degree, Category A, admission should be made.
 

Minimum Requirements for Non-Degree Admission:  
Graduate Certificate Option

Please note: Applicants with bachelor's degrees in programs in which credit was awarded for experiences which were outside the control of a regionally accredited educational institution, e.g., credit for life experience, may be viewed by some programs as inadequately prepared to undertake graduate study. In such instances, admission to the Graduate School may be denied or approved with prerequisite course work assigned to fill the deficiencies.

Graduate certificates are awarded to students who desire interdisciplinary course work to complement their graduate degree program or to students who, for academic, personal, or professional reasons, desire graduate-level education not leading to a graduate degree.

Students seeking graduate certificates must be admitted to the Graduate School in a degree program or in Non-degree, Category A status. All Graduate School policies relative to the Non-Degree, Category A option will apply.

Admission under the Senior Rule Option

Seniors at Wichita State or other regionally accredited bachelor's-degree-granting institutions may qualify to take work for graduate credit under the Senior Rule option. This opportunity applies to students who have an overall grade point average of 3.000 or above in their major field and in upper-division courses and who are within 10 hours of completing the bachelor's degree. Work must go beyond the requirements for the bachelor's degree, and the degree must be completed within the semester in which the student completes the bachelor's degree and the semester in which the student completes the graduate courses.

Students who wish to earn graduate credit under the Senior Rule must submit an Application to Graduate School for regular graduate admission and also complete a Senior Rule Application no later than two weeks before the semester in which they intend to enroll under the Senior Rule option.

Approval is needed from the student's major advisor, the department chairperson, or graduate coordinator for the department in which the work is to be taken, the undergraduate dean of the student's college and the dean of the Graduate School before any courses can be taken for graduate credit. In addition, students from other institutions must be admitted as undergraduates (possibly as guest students) through the WSU Undergraduate Admissions Office.