Admission Requirements

When reviewing applications, we look at the whole student, including past academic record, test scores, and other achievements. Before applying, be sure to review WCU’s admission requirements and contact us with questions.

Graduate School Admission Requirements

Admission to any graduate program at WCU requires admission to the Graduate School. Graduate students are required to have access to technology that meets the University computer requirements.

  • Online Application: Applicants must complete and submit the Graduate School online application and pay the non-refundable application fee.
  • Degree Requirements: Applicants for admission to the Graduate School are expected to hold a baccalaureate or higher-level degree from a regionally accredited college or university by the time they begin their program of study. Certain programs may require specific degrees or coursework as a requirement for admission (see Program Admission Requirements for individual programs). An applicant may be required to take additional coursework as either co-requisites or pre-requisites to strengthen or supplement the undergraduate background.
  • Transcripts: At the time of application, all degree-seeking applicants must submit transcripts from all colleges/universities attended. 
    • One transcript from each university attended should be uploaded within the online application. All uploaded transcripts are considered unofficial. If you are offered admission, one official transcript* showing a conferred baccalaureate or higher-level degree will be required prior to the first day of the enrollment term.
    • Applicants who have earned a degree from an institution outside the United States must have their transcripts evaluated by an accepted foreign credential evaluation service. A document-level transcript evaluation verifying baccalaureate-level degree must be submitted to the Graduate School directly from an approved third-party transcript evaluator. Programs may require course-level transcript evaluation for admission and/or transfer credit requests.

*Official transcripts are defined as transcripts received by WCU directly from the sending institution via mail or via the institution's electronic transcript service provider. Transcripts sent to applicants from the institution and then forwarded to WCU in the original, sealed envelopes are also considered official.

**ADDRESS FOR TRANSCRIPTS **

WCU Graduate School
110 Cordelia Camp
69 East University Way
Cullowhee, NC 28723

Electronic transcripts sent to WCU directly from the institution or its transcript service should be sent to grad@wcu.edu

Application Checklist - U.S. Students

  • Complete the online application for admission.
    • Upload transcripts of all colleges and universities attended OR request official copies from each institution.
    • If required by your prospective department or program, request a copy of your standardized test scores sent to WCU (e.g., GRE, GMAT, etc.) by the appropriate testing agency. (GRE Institution code: 5897 -  DPT ONLY 0342)
    • Submit required recommendation information with the online application
    • Submit any required additional program-specific materials with the online application 
  • Pay the nonrefundable application fee.
    • Application Fee: $65

International Applicant Requirements

All International Applicants requesting a new Visa or requesting a change in Visa status:

ADMISSION DEADLINES

For Fall Semester Admission:
Fall term begins in August and concludes in December
JUNE 15 : Date by which notification of visa approval must be received by WCU IPS for students with offer for Graduate Assistantship and/or Out-of-State Tuition remission
AUGUST 5: Date by which notification of visa approval must be received by WCU for all other students

For Spring Semester Admission: Spring term begins in January and concludes in May
NOVEMBER 15: Date by which notification of visa approval must be received by WCU IPS for students with offer for Graduate Assistantship and/or Out-of-State Tuition remission
JANUARY 3 : Date by which notification of visa approval must be received by WCU for all other students

IMPORTANT!! - it may take up to 11 months for applicants to receive Visa approval.
We recommend these application timelines to meet the admission deadlines

At WCU, we welcome students with diverse educational backgrounds. We've designed our application process with the goal of evaluating your academic achievements in context.

Required application materials include:

  • Transcripts. International applicants must have their transcripts and full course descriptions translated into English and evaluated by a recognized credential evaluation service. A document-level transcript evaluation verifying baccalaureate-level degree must be submitted to the Graduate School directly from an approved agency for foreign transcripts displaying a satisfactory academic record. Some programs may require a course-by-course level evaluation. Check with your program for specific requirements. Some applicants may be required to take undergraduate courses to build competency in the field.

  • Standardized Tests. GRE, GMAT, or other standardized test results (check your academic program for specific requirements).

  • Language Proficiency. Official scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the academic version of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) are required for applicants from countries where English is not the primary language. A minimum score of 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based), or 79 (Internet-based) is required on the TOEFL. A minimum overall band score of 6.5 is required on the IELTS, with a minimum band score of 6 on each of the four modules. This requirement will be waived for applicants who successfully complete WCU's Intensive English Program (IEP).

Application Checklist - International Students

Additional Departmental Requirements

Some graduate programs require applicants to submit supplemental material as part of the online application process. Please familiarize yourself with any additional requirements of your program prior to completing the online application.

Please refer to the current Graduate Catalog for additional information on admission requirements and policies.

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