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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 minimum of a bachelor's-level degree from a regionally accredited college or university prior to beginning a 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 prerequisites to strengthen or supplement the undergraduate background.

Transcripts: At the time of application, all applicants must upload transcripts from all colleges/universities attended. WCU transcripts are not required.

  • Applicants applying to the following programs do not need to upload transcripts
    • Physical Therapy - DPT
    • Fine Arts - MFA
    • Communication Sciences and Disorders - MS
    • Health Sciences - MHS - Dietetic Internship option ONLY
  • Upload one transcript from each college/university attended to the online application. DO NOT send transcripts to the Graduate School. All uploaded transcripts are considered unofficial and are sufficient for admission review.
    • Acceptable upload formats
      • Scanned copies of transcripts in PDF format
      • Electronic Transcripts in PDF format
      • Unofficial transcripts retrieved from the institution's student portal only if they contain:
        • The applicant's name
        • The name of the institution
        • GPA
        • Degree conferral date (if applicable)
        • DO NOT upload photographs or screenshots. Do NOT split transcript pages into separate files.
    • Applicants who 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 agency. Programs may require course-level transcript evaluation for admission and/or transfer credit requests.
      • Upload foreign transcript evaluations under the Previous Academic Study section of the application. If you do not have a copy, please upload a statement indicating that you are having a copy sent directly to the Graduate School at:

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

If you have any questions, please contact an admission specialist at gradadmissions@wcu.edu

International Applicant Requirements

 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: Applicants who 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 agency. Programs may require course-level transcript evaluation for admission and/or transfer credit requests.

  • Upload foreign transcript evaluations under the Previous Academic Study section of the application. If you do not have a copy, please upload a statement indicating that you are having a copy sent directly to the Graduate School at:

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

If you have any questions, please contact an admission specialist at gradadmissions@wcu.edu

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.

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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