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.
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.
*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.
IMPORTANT - The online application system will not allow you to submit your application unless you upload a transcript document for every school listed in the Previous Academic Study section. If you have exhausted all options for uploading transcripts, upload a statement instead explaining why you cannot upload a transcript. You will then need to make arrangements with your institution to have a transcript sent directly to Western Carolina University.
**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 firstname.lastname@example.org
All International Applicants requesting a new Visa or requesting a change in Visa
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). Exceptions to the language proficiency requirement can be found in the Graduate Catalog.
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.