WKU's graduate admission requirements are broadly determined by the type of degree that you are interested in pursuing. Please choose a tab below to view degree related requirements. Note that specific programs may require materials in addition to these; please check the current graduate catalog for more information.
Minimum Graduate School admission requirements include an earned bachelor's degree (or equivalent) and a 2.75 GPA (on a 4.0 scale).
|Domestic Degree Seeking||
Domestic Degree Seeking
Important: these requirements are for domestic applicants; if you are an international applicant please see the international degree seeking tab.
All students seeking admission into a graduate degree program should submit the Graduate
School application and all supporting materials (i.e., official transcripts, GRE/GMAT,
teaching certificate, etc.) to the Graduate School with sufficient time to allow departmental
review prior to admission. Documents can be submitted via the Document Upload Portal or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Some graduate programs (e.g., Communication Disorders, Psychology) have earlier dates by which applications and supporting documents must be submitted to WKU. Some graduate programs (e.g., Psychology) also require a department application form and other supporting materials in addition to the Graduate School application form. Please contact the department that offers the graduate program for exact dates for application submission and information about additional application materials that may be required.
Please note: To be eligible for any type of financial aid or a graduate assistantship, you must be admitted in good standing to a degree program. Non-degree seeking students are ineligible for financial aid and graduate assistantships. Students applying for a graduate assistantship should follow the dates indicated for graduate assistantship applications.
Applicants for a degree program must have:
The GRE may be required for admission to a graduate program. Please inquire with the specific program or consult the Graduate Catalog. If a student has a master’s degree from an accredited institution in a field of study related to the desired program, the student may request that the completed master’s degree be considered as a substitute for the GRE General Test. Each department has the discretion to approve this exception to the GRE requirement.
As of October 1, 2002 the GRE General Test includes the verbal and quantitative sections and an analytical writing assessment. If required by the program the student is applying to, standardized test scores must be received by the Graduate School prior to admission. In these cases, the admission decision will be based upon the undergraduate transcript, the GRE score, and other materials required by the program to which the student is applying. Registration materials for the GRE are available at http://www.ets.org/gre, or by calling 800-473-2255.
Admission decisions to the Master of Business Administration incorporate the scores of the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) as a factor. The requirements for general admission to the MBA program are available in the Graduate Catalog.
Registration materials for the GMAT are available at http://www.gmat.org, or by calling 800-473-2255.
|International Degree Seeking||
International Degree SeekingAll students seeking admission into a graduate degree program should submit the Graduate School application and all supporting materials (i.e., official transcripts, GRE/GMAT, teaching certificate, etc.) to the Graduate School with sufficient time to allow departmental review prior to admission. Applicants should also keep in mind the time necessary to obtain immigration documents and/or visas. If you have any questions, please contact the Graduate School.
The following items are not required for admission decisions, but must be submitted to the university in order for students to receive an I-20:
Please do not provide any of the following materials:
Important: If you are an international student you must apply to a degree program; please see the international degree seeking tab.
Application and Fee
Students seeking a graduate non-degree status must complete an online Application for Admission and submit a one time application fee of $65 (non-refundable) to the Graduate School.
Graduates of accredited institutions other than Western Kentucky University must request that one official transcript showing the completed degree to Western Kentucky University. The transcript must be forwarded from the college or university registrar electronically or directly to the Graduate School at 1906 College Heights Blvd., #11010, Bowling Green, KY 42101. Applicants who have not completed the undergraduate degree are required to submit one official transcript at the time of application and one official transcript showing the degree is completed.Transcript records must be submitted for any graduate and undergraduate courses taken at any institution other than WKU. Any paper transcripts must be received in the Graduate School in a sealed envelope from the issuing institution. Transcripts sent to the Graduate School become the property of the University and will not be returned to the student under any circumstances nor will a copy of the transcript be given to the student.
Should the unclassified student later apply for and be granted admission into a degree program, no more than 12 hours taken while in the unclassified category may be used to fulfill degree requirements.
Specialist in Education (EDS)
|Teacher Education Rank Programs||
Fifth Year/Rank II
Planned Fifth Year/Rank II programs are offered in Elementary Education, Middle Grades Educations, and Secondary Education for students who do not meet the admission requirements of a degree program or who want greater flexibility with regard to time allowed for completion, transfer limitations, and selection of courses than is permitted in degree programs. Although the Planned Fifth Year / Rank II program does not result in the master's degree, it does result in Rank II salary classification in Kentucky, renews the teaching certificate, and permits entry into a Planned Sixth Year / Rank I program.
Sixth Year/Rank I
Planned Sixth-Year/Rank I programs are offered in Elementary Education, Middle Grades Educations, Secondary Education, Early Childhood Education, Communication Disorders, Guidance, and School Administration in the following areas: principalship, pupil personnel, administration, supervisor of instruction, general school administration and special education director. Planned Sixth Year/Rank I programs lead to the Rank I salary change for certified teachers.
Admission requirements for doctoral programs at WKU are highly dependent upon the specific program of interest. Please see the graduate catalog for detailed requirements. At a minimum you will need to provide a completed online application, official copy of final college transcript (any paper transcripts must be received in the Graduate School in a sealed envelope from the issuing institution), and any required standardized test scores.