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WKU offers over 80 graduate programs, including certificate programs, masters programs,
specialist and doctoral programs.
Before you apply please familiarize yourself with the admission requirements for the graduate program of your choice. If you are applying to a highly competitive program please consider contacting the specific department to discuss your intent to apply before beginning your application.
Once you are ready to apply, you will being the online admission application. Directions on how to apply for degree seeking students can be found here, while non-degree seeking student directions are here. After completing the application you will receive an email from graduate admissions with details about your application, how to check its status, and a request for any further admission materials required.
Once you have submitted to graduate admissions all of the materials required by your
selected program, your application will be forwarded to the appropriate academic department
to make an official admission decision. The length of time for an admission decision
varies, but please allow for at least two weeks. The decision to admit an applicant
to a program of study is the shared responsibility of an academic department and/or
academic college. Applicants who have questions regarding a denial of admission may
appeal the decision.
Fee Waiver Code
Occasionally WKU programs will provide Fee Waiver Codes to applicants. These codes will serve as payment for the application fee at the conclusion of the online application process and can only be used once. Applicants should select the 'Use of Fee Waiver Code' button and type the code into the space provide. Fee Waiver Codes are case sensitive.
There are a variety of financial resources available to graduate students at WKU ranging from traditional federal and state loans and grants to employment opportunities exclusively for graduate students.
For information on expenses and fees, please contact the Bursar’s Office at (270) 745-6381 or visit their website. Quoted tuition and fees are based upon the academic year and are subject to change by the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education or Western Kentucky University.
Bowling Green has several option for graduate student housing, both on and off campus. Click here for more information regarding graduate student housing.
The Graduate School is represented at a variety of career fairs throughout the region. You can find a list of events here. Please come see us!