Western Kentucky University

The Graduate School - Admission Requirements

WKU's admission requirements are broadly determined by the type of degree that you are interested in pursuing. Please choose a tab below to view degree related requirements. Note that specific programs often require materials in addition to these; please check the current catalog or the program's web page for more information.

 









Domestic Degree Seeking

Important: these requirements are for domestic applicants; if you are an international applicant please see the international degree seeking tab.

All students seeking admission into a graduate degree program should submit the Graduate School application by the following dates:
Fall Semester: June 15
Spring Semester: November 15
Summer Term: Contact Department Offering Graduate program

Application and all supporting materials (i.e., official transcripts, GRE/GMAT, teaching certificate) need to be received in the Graduate School by the above dates to ensure adequate time for departmental review.

Some graduate programs (e.g., Communication Disorders, Psychology) have earlier dates by which applications and supporting documents must be submitted to WKU. Some graduate programs (e.g., Psychology) also require a Department application form and other supporting materials in addition to the Graduate School application form. Please contact the department that offers the graduate program for exact dates for application submission and information about additional application materials that may be required.

Please note: To be eligible for any type of financial aid or a graduate assistantship, you must be admitted in good standing to a degree program. Non-degree seeking students are ineligible for financial aid and graduate assistantships. Students applying for a graduate assistantship should follow the dates indicated for graduate assistantship applications.

Applicants for a degree program must have:

  • A bachelor's degree from a college or university of recognized standing (Applicants from non-accredited institutions see below).
  • An adequate preparation in the field of specialization.
  • GRE / GMAT scores, if required by program.
  • Application and Fee: Students seeking a graduate degree must complete the online Application for Admission and submit a one time application fee of $40 (non-refundable) to the Graduate School  (note: the application fee will be $60 effective January 1, 2015).
  • Transcript Record: Graduates of accredited institutions other than Western Kentucky University must request that one official transcript showing the completed degree to Western Kentucky University. The transcript must be forwarded from the college or university registrar electronically or directly to the Graduate School.  Applicants who have not completed the undergraduate degree are required to submit one official transcript at the time of application and one official transcript showing the degree is completed.  Transcript records must be submitted for any graduate and undergraduate courses taken at any institution other than WKU.  Any paper transcripts must be received in the Graduate School in a sealed envelope from the issuing institution.  Transcripts sent to the Graduate School become the property of the University and will not be returned to the student under any circumstances nor will a copy of the transcript be given to the student.   Please mail to:

    The Graduate School, WKU
    1906 College Heights Blvd #11010
    Bowling Green, KY 42101
  • Teacher Certification: All students who hold teacher certification or have a statement of eligibility must submit a copy of the current teaching certificate.

GRE Scores

The GRE may be required for admission to a graduate program. Please inquire with the specific program or with the Graduate School. If a student has a master’s degree from an accredited institution in a field of study related to the desired program, the student may request that the completed master’s degree be considered as a substitute for the GRE General Test. Each department has the discretion to approve this exception to the GRE requirement.

As of October 1, 2002 the GRE General Test is comprised of the verbal and quantitative sections and an analytical writing assessment. If required by the program the student is applying to, standardized test scores must be received by the Graduate School prior to admission. In these cases, the admission decision will be based upon the undergraduate transcript, the GRE score, and other materials required by the program to which the student is applying. Registration materials for the GRE are available at the http://www.gre.org, or by calling 1 (800) 473-2255.

GMAT Score

Admission decisions to the Master of Business Administration are based upon the scores of the Graduate Management Admission Test. The requirements for general admission to the MBA program are a 500 total GMAT test score and a GAP score of 1050 (undergraduate grade point average times 200 plus GMAT score).

Registration materials for the GMAT are available at http://www.gmat.org, or by calling 1 (800) 473-2255.




International Degree Seeking

The deadline for a first time international student is April 1st for the fall term and September 1st for the spring term.

The deadline for an international transfer student transferring from another institution inside of the United States is May 1st for the fall term and October 1st for the spring term.

Requirements:

  • A bachelor's degree from a college or university of recognized standing (Applicants from non-accredited institutions see below).
  • An evaluation of your transcripts/marksheets from a recognized evaluation service. Please visit World Education Services http://www.wes.org/fees/evaltypes.asp to have your transcripts evaluated (note: choose the "course-by-course report"). For other acceptable evaluation services visit: http://naces.org/members.html
  • An adequate preparation in the field of specialization.
  • GRE / GMAT scores, if required by program.
  • Application and Fee: Submit an application with a $45 application fee (note: the application fee will be $60 effective January 1, 2015).
  • Evidence of ability to communicate in English (a minimum of 550 on the written TOEFL, a minimum of 213 on the computerized TOEFL, a minimum of 79 on the internet TOEFL, or a minimum of 6.5 on the IELTS).

The following items are not required for admission decisions, but must be submitted to the university in order for students to receive an I-20:

  • Evidence of adequate financial resources (completed copy of the Financial Statement).
  • A copy of your passport

Please do not provide any of the following materials:

  • High school transcripts
  • Intermediate transcripts
  • 10+2, 10+1, or 10 transcripts
  • Curriculum vita or resume
  • More than 3 letters of reference
  • Any certificates / awards or achievements
  • Any physical data media (dvds, usb keys, etc.)



Non-Degree Seeking

Important: If you are an international student you must apply to a degree program; please see the international degree seeking tab.

Application and Fee

Students seeking a graduate non-degree status must complete an online Application for Admission and submit a one time application fee of $40 (non-refundable) to the Graduate School (note: the application fee will be $60 effective January 1, 2015).

Transcript Record

Graduates of accredited institutions other than Western Kentucky University must request that one official transcript showing the completed degree to Western Kentucky University. The transcript must be forwarded from the college or university registrar electronically or directly to the Graduate School at 1906 College Heights Blvd., #11010, Bowling Green, KY 42101.  Applicants who have not completed the undergraduate degree are required to submit one official transcript at the time of application and one official transcript showing the degree is completed.Transcript records must be submitted for any graduate and undergraduate courses taken at any institution other than WKU.  Any paper transcripts must be received in the Graduate School in a sealed envelope from the issuing institution.  Transcripts sent to the Graduate School become the property of the University and will not be returned to the student under any circumstances nor will a copy of the transcript be given to the student.


Should the unclassified student later apply for and be granted admission into a degree program, no more than 12 hours taken while in the unclassified category may be used to fulfill degree requirements.






Specialist in Education (EDS)

  • Completed application, along with a $40 (non-refundable) application fee by the admission deadline (note: the application fee will be $60 effective January 1, 2015);
  • Hold a master's degree from an accredited college or university (Ed.S. in School Psychology does not require a applicants to hold a master's degree) and provide an official copy of final transcript (any paper transcripts must be received in the Graduate School in a sealed envelope from the issuing institution);
  • Have adequate preparation in the proposed field of specialization,
    • All students applying for the Ed.S. in Counseling, Elementary Education, or Secondary Education must submit a copy of the current teaching certificate;
  • Score not less than 850 on the GRE General Test Verbal and Quantitative sections and a Writing Score of 4.0 or have a grade point average of not less than 3.5 on the course work for the master's degree program (The specialist degree in School Administration requires a 3.5 GPA and 850 GRE score); and
  • Submit three letters of recommendation from graduate faculty and professional associates to the Graduate Studies Office.



Fifth Year / Rank II

Planned Fifth Year / Rank II programs are offered in Elementary Education, Middle Grades Educations, and Secondary Education for students who do not meet the admission requirements of a degree program or who want greater flexibility with regard to time allowed for completion, transfer limitations, and selection of courses than is permitted in degree programs. Although the Planned Fifth Year / Rank II program does not result in the master's degree, it does result in Rank II salary classification in Kentucky, renews the teaching certificate, and permits entry into a Planned Sixth Year / Rank I program.

General Guidelines:

  1. Students seeking admission to this program must complete an online Application for Admission and submit a one time application fee of $40 (non-refundable) to the Graduate School (note: the application fee will be $60 effective January 1, 2015).

  2. Graduate of accredited institutions other than Western Kentucky University must submit an official transcript showing the completed degree to the Graduate School (any paper transcripts must be received in the Graduate School in a sealed envelope from the issuing institution).

  3. A current copy of Teaching Certificate must be submitted.

  4. A minimum of 32 semester hours of graduate courses must be completed, with a minimum of GPA of 2.5.

  5. At least 18 of the required hours must be completed at WKU. With the approval of the advisor and the certification officer, the remaining hours may be taken at other institutions, provided that the grades earned are "B" or higher and other transfer regulations are met.

  6. A minimum of 12 hours must be in professional education courses, and a minimum of 9 hours must be in cognate areas.

  7. Course work taken by correspondence is not accepted.

  8. With prior advisor approval, a maximum of 12 hours of professional development credit may be applied to the program requirement.

Sixth Year / Rank I

Planned Sixth-Year/Rank I programs are offered in Elementary Education, Middle Grades Educations, Secondary Education, Early Childhood Education, Communication Disorders, Guidance, and School Administration in the following areas: principalship, pupil personnel, administration, supervisor of instruction, general school administration and special education director. Planned Sixth Year/Rank I programs lead to the Rank I salary change for certified teachers.

General Guidelines:

  1. A minimum of either (a) 30 semester hours of approved graduate level credit in addition to the requirements for the Rank II salary classification, or (b) 60 semester hours of approved graduate level credit, including a master's degree, must be completed.

  2. Students seeking admission to this program must complete an online Application.

  3. Graduate of accredited institutions other than Western Kentucky University must submit an official transcript showing the completed degree to the Graduate School (any paper transcripts must be received in the Graduate School in a sealed envelope from the issuing institution).

  4. A current copy of Teaching Certificate must be submitted.

  5. All course work must be planned in consultation with the advisor and must be related to the professional needs of the student.

  6. A minimum of 15 semester hours must be completed in courses numbered 500 or higher.

  7. A "B" average must be maintained, and no course grade lower than a "C" may be counted.

  8. At least 15 of the required hours must be completed at WKU. With the approval of the advisor and the certification officer, the remaining hours may be taken at other institutions, provided that the grades earned are "B" or higher and other transfer regulations are met.

  9. A minimum of 24 hours of the total 60 (62 hours when based on Rank II salary classification) must be in academic work apart from professional education. These hours must be in the candidate's major or minor, area of preparation, or in supporting courses from other disciplines as approved by the institution.




Doctoral Programs

Admission requirements for doctoral programs at WKU are highly dependent upon the specific program which you are interested in. Please see the departmental web site (through the programs page) for detailed requirements. At a minimum you will need to provide a completed online application, official copy of final college transcript (any paper transcripts must be received in the Graduate School in a sealed envelope from the issuing institution), and GRE scores.




Interpreting GAP scores:

 

Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)

The GMAT consists of a Verbal (V) Section, Quantitative (Q) Section, and an Analytical Writing (AW) Section. 

(V+Q) + (Undergraduate GPA * 200) = GAP

       The GAP score needs to be 1050 or higher

 

Graduate Record Exam (GRE)

The GRE may be required for admission to a graduate program. Please inquire with the specific program or with the Graduate School.

 

Test taken prior to 2002 (GRE1): 

   The GRE consists of a Verbal (V) Section, Quantitative (Q) Section, and an Analytical (A) Section.

    (V+Q+A) * Undergraduate GPA = GAP

         The GAP score needs to be 3500 or higher

   Example:

   Undergraduate GPA of 3.5

   GRE Score V = 400, Q = 400, A = 400 for a Total GRE Score of 1200

   1200 * 3.5 = 4200 GAP

 

Test taken between 2002-2011 (GRE2):

   The GRE consists of a Verbal (V) Section, Quantitative (Q) Section, and an Analytical Writing (AW) Section.

    (V +Q) * Undergraduate GPA = GAP

   The GAP score needs to be 2200 or higher

   Please note that some programs require a minimum score on the Analytical Writing Section. Please check your program for admission standards. 

   Example:

   Undergraduate GPA of 3.5

   GRE Score V = 400, Q = 400 for a Total GRE Score of 800

                   800 * 3.5 = 2800 GAP

 

Test taken after August, 2011 (GRE3):

   The GRE consists of a Verbal (V) Section, Quantitative (Q) Section, and an Analytical Writing (AW) Section. 

   Please note that some programs require a minimum score on the Analytical Writing Section. 

 

   Master Degree Applicants:

   V = 139, Q = 139
   (V + Q) + (Undergraduate GPA * 100) = GAP
   Admission under the current test requires a minimum GAP score of 550 and minimums of 139 for the Verbal Score and 139 for the Quantitative Score.

   Example:

   Undergraduate GPA of 3.5

   GRE Score V = 150, Q = 150 for a Total GRE Score of 300

                  300 + (3.5 *100) = 650 GAP

                 

   Education Specialist Degree Applicants (EdS)

GRE scores with minimums of 142 on the Verbal and 142 on the Quantitative sections of the examination; and a Writing Score of 4.0, OR have  a grade point average of not less than 3.5 on the course work for the master's degree program

                 

   Doctoral Degree Applicants

   GRE scores with minimums of 145 on the Verbal and 145 on the Quantitative sections of the examination and a Writing Score of 4.0.

   Some doctoral programs may have different requirements for the use of the GRE.  Be sure to check with your chosen doctoral program to verify their requirements.

 

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