Complete your graduate application in six steps.
All applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution or a recognized institution in another country whose requirements for the bachelor’s degree are substantively equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree.
The basis on which credits are awarded for the bachelor’s degree must be consistent with Wichita State's policies and procedures for awarding such credit.
More details on general Graduate School admission requirements can be found in the graduate catalog.
STEP 1 - Determine your admission type
Will you need degree admission or non-degree admission? Learn more about degree and non-degree admission.
Typically international students who will require an F-1 visa cannot be considered for non-degree status or online programs. International students who wish to remain in their home country while studying may apply for online programs.
Additional information international applicants should consider, including: STEM Designated programs, ineligible programs, arrival deadlines, and more.
Online program applicants
Before applying, verify Wichita State's authorization in your state of residence.
STEP 2 - View our deadlines and program information
- Wichita State offers more than 50 graduate programs and certificates.
- Determine the deadline for your program.
- Determine what additional materials may be required by your program area.
- Additional questions about the program can be directed to the graduate coordinator.
STEP 3 - Gather application materials
The application cannot be submitted without these items:
Unofficial transcripts and degree certification (if degree not posted on transcript). Unofficial transcripts must be obtained from each institution you have attended before submitting your graduate application. You will need to order a secure PDF or have a paper copy sent directly to yourself. Both of these are considered unofficial because they are sent directly to you rather than directly from the institution to our office. For Wichita State students, you will need to obtain unofficial transcripts as well. You can access your transcript through the myWSU portal or obtain an unofficial paper copy from your undergraduate advising office to be scanned and uploaded.
- Any documents required by your program—such as test scores, statement of purpose, resume, writing sample, etc. Refer to Step two above for more details.
- Contact information for references, if required by your program.
- Permanent Residents will need to upload a copy of proof of permanent residency.
- Application fee. Your application cannot be submitted without payment. The application fee is non-refundable, non-transferrable, and non-negotiable.
Application fee information
All applicants to the Wichita State University Graduate School who do not qualify for a waiver through the McNair Scholars program are required to pay the application fee. The fee is paid in the application prior to submission. The fee will not be waived or deferred. Applying to multiple programs requires the submission a new application and fee. The fee is nonrefundable and must be paid in U.S. dollars. Applicants must pay the application fee electronically as part of the online application submission.
- Domestic application — $60
Domestic applicants are U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents with a valid permanent resident (green) card.
- International application
International applicants are not U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents with a permanent resident (green) card. This includes those in the United States on a student, work or visitor visa (or spouse).
- Priority deadline: March 1 fall semester, Aug. 31 spring semester — $75
- Secondary deadline: April 30 fall semester, Sept. 30 spring semester — $135
- Late submission: any date after secondary deadline — $175
- International readmission and deferral fee — $75
- Badge application — $10
- EMBA application — $75
Those meeting the priority deadline may submit the express mailing fee separate from application submission. Please visit our online payment site. Those applying under the secondary deadline or in the late submission period have the express mailing fee included in the designated application fee.
International applicants - additional requirements
The materials listed below are not required to submit the application and receive an admission recommendation. They are required to receive final admit decision and an I-20.
- copy of passport (if available)
- financial certification
- financial support documents
- proof of English proficiency
STEP 4 - Complete your Online Application*
The online application process includes five steps:
- Create an account using your personal email address.
International applicants should not use an address provided by an agent or third party partner. The university will communicate with you at this email address until your arrival on campus.
- Begin the online application form. Complete all fields. The final page will notify you if any incomplete fields are needed.
- Provide payment details for the application fee.
- Submit the application.
- Upload transcripts, supporting materials and supplemental items as required.
Agents should not submit applications on behalf of students, as the account that is created will then serve as the student activity portal. Instead, please direct your students to create their own account, and submit the application and supporting materials themselves.
STEP 5 - Check your application status
Initial review and admission recommendations are completed by the program to which you applied. The application process is described below:
- Apply to a graduate program online, submit all required materials, and pay the application
- You may access the application and check your status through the application portal.
- Check your email. We may contact you with questions about your application. If we request anything additional, you will be able to upload it directly to your student activity page within the application portal.
- The graduate program to which you applied reviews the application and forwards a recommendation for admission or denial to the Graduate School.
- The Graduate School reviews the application materials and the departmental recommendation and sends the official decision notification to the applicant through the application portal.
STEP 6 - If offered admission
Students offered admission based on uploaded documents will need to submit official materials to finalize admission, as indicated below. All required official documents should be submitted by the start of the fourth week of classes for the fall and spring semesters, and the second week for the summer semester:
- Have official transcripts sent to the Graduate School. Transcripts and degree certificates from non-US schools may be provided when you come to the university.
- Have official test scores sent directly to our office. At this time, Duolingo English Test, TOEFL, and IELTS score reports do not need to be sent. The Graduate School can verify the unofficial copies uploaded into the application.
Students admitted to full standing are eligible to be considered for assistantships and federally funded financial aid. Students may be granted admission on a full-standing basis if they have fulfilled all of the admission requirements for a given program, including: admission grade point average, entrance exams (if required), reference and credentials (if required), and have less than nine credit hours of prerequisites.
Students who have background deficiencies or requirements assigned by the program or Graduate School at the point of admission may be granted admission on a Conditional basis. All conditions will be stated in the acceptance letter. Students must complete all conditions within one year of matriculation unless otherwise specified in the acceptance letter. Students may be admitted with both conditions and on probation, as these two levels of admission are not exclusive. Students admitted with conditions may be eligible for federally funded financial aid, and may be considered for graduate assistantship positions for which they are qualified.
Transfer to an appropriate nondegree category may result if the conditions are not satisfactorily met within the specified time limit. Reentry into the degree program will require reapplication, and readmission is not guaranteed. Students would be required to meet all requirements in place at the time that they reapply for reentry.
Students admitted on probation or placed on academic probation following admission are not eligible for assistantship awards or federally funded financial aid. Students may be admitted on probation when reasonable evidence exists to indicate their inability to do satisfactory degree program work, at the discretion of the department to which the student applied. To clear this status, students must complete their first nine credit hours of graded graduate level coursework at Wichita State University with a minimum 3.00 grade point average. Only courses numbered 500 and above, and those courses which are letter graded (A, B, C, D, F), can be used toward the nine hour requirement. Satisfactory/unsatisfactory (S/U) or credit/non-credit (CR/NCR) courses will not count toward the nine-hour requirement.
This status can be used in conjunction with any of the above statuses and means that the student's admission was processed before the award of their degree. In order to clear this status, the student must submit official and attested final transcript or marksheets. If the transcript does not specifically state the title and date of the degree award, the student must also provide degree certification. The missing items must be on file no later than the end of the student's first semester of enrollment. Failure to provide this evidence will result in removal from the Graduate School.
If you have any questions or concerns at any time, please do not hesitate to contact our office at 316-978-3095, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Graduate School Application Checklist presents and clarifies information found in the Graduate Catalog and is not intended to contravene or supplant any Graduate School policies. Please refer to the Graduate Catalog for all Graduate School policies, including those found on, or linked to from, this page.