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Frequently Asked Questions

Lab Students


Common Questions Regarding Admission and Fees

No, the $65 application fee is mandatory. We hope that won’t deter you from applying to the program.

There is not actually a minimum GPA requirement for the University. The chemistry program will be looking for roughly a 3.0 or higher. However, exceptions for lower GPA may be made if other application materials are persuasive.

All international students must demonstrate a proficiency in English in order to be admitted to Western Carolina University.

The International Applicant Page includes information on language proficiency testing and exempt countries for language proficiency.

The cost of attendance varies whether you are in-state or out-of-state, Full-Time Graduate Tuition and Fees

If you have your own health-insurance coverage, you can obtain a waiver and you won’t have to pay that component of the fees.

To help offset the cost of tuition and fees all students who are accepted into our program are automatically considered for funding through an assistantship to teach chemistry laboratory courses. This assistantship or stipend is $6,250 per semester. Please note that not all accepted students are offered an assistantship.

 You may be eligible for financial aid. For additional information about the cost of graduate school at WCU and sources of financial support, review tuition and funding information.

We review applications on a rolling basis, and accept students for both the fall and spring semesters. For full consideration for financial assistantance, applicants are urged to have a complete application (including recommendations) submitted by March 15 for fall admission or November 1 for spring admission. However, later applications will still be considered and we make every effort to provide financial support!

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