Western Kentucky University

The Graduate School - Prospective Students

Programs Available

WKU offers over 80 graduate programs, including certificate programs, masters programs, specialist and doctoral programs.

Applying to a Graduate Program at WKU

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.

application fee waiver code


Financial Resources

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.

Tuition and Fees

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.

Recruitment Events

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!

Visiting Campus

We encourage you to come visit campus and meet with program directors. Directions to campus can be found here. There are various options for parking as well.

 Last Modified 7/3/14