Western Kentucky University

Graduate School News

September 26th, 2011: New GRE Scoring-Effective Fall 2011

As you know the GRE scoring changed beginning in August 2011. The revised GRE General Test is now scored as detailed below.

Measure Scores Reported*
Verbal Reasoning 130-170, in 1 point increments
Quantitative Reasoning 130-170, in 1 point increments
Analytical Writing 0 – 6, in half point increments

*GRE® revised General Test Scores will be reported beginning in November 2011. View the detailed score reporting schedule

 According to ETS, "Interpretive information for the GRE revised General Test will be available in November 2011." More information can be found here

The Graduate Council Rules Committee is currently considering the implications of these changes to admission standards. Upon completion of the review, the Rules Committee and Graduate Council will offer admission standards for graduate programs. This information will be shared with the university community as soon as possible.

The 2011-2012 Graduate Catalog states:
"Each department has the discretion to approve this exception to the GRE requirement. Depending on the program, some admissions decisions are based upon both the undergraduate grade point average and the GRE General Test score, which is known as the GAP score. The GAP score is the sum of the GRE Verbal & Quantitative scores times the overall undergraduate grade point average. For example, a GRE score of 800 (Verbal + Quantitative) and a grade average of 3.5/4.0 would produce a GAP score of 2800. Because GAP is a product of both the GRE score and undergraduate grade point average, both the GRE and transcript record are essential for making an admission decision. The GRE General Test also includes a writing component; some programs have established a minimum Analytical Writing score requirement. Most programs requiring a GAP score require a minimum of 2200, although individual degree programs may be higher." (2011-2012 Graduate Catalog, page 22-23)

 If you have any questions please contact the Graduate School (270-745-2446).


August 2nd, 2011: Former WKU Folk Studies student featured in Chronicle of Higher Education.

A revised version of his MA thesis has recently been published by the University Press of Mississippi, available here


July 6th, 2011: Major Web Site Revision.

The Graduate School recently redesigned its web site to conform to the WKU's new design standards.  To read more about the WKU Redesign initiative, please see the related WKU news release: 'WKU launches new website' .

URLs to old pages have changed. Please update your bookmarks and links. If you need help in locating any information on our new website, please let us know. We apologize for the inconvenience.


May 2nd, 2011: Paper Applications Discontinued.

Effective 2-May-2011, the Graduate School will no longer accept paper applications for graduate school. All applicants must use the online application system.  Credit Card and Check/Money Order payments will be accepted.  Supporting paper documents are still accepted (transcripts, letters of reference, statement of purpose).

 Last Modified 4/24/14