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If you don't have a background in folklore, don't worry! While some students come to our graduate program with undergraduate majors or minors in folklore, most enter the program with little or no academic background in the discipline.

We encourage you to contact the Folk Studies program director so that we can work with you to make your application process as smooth as possible. Let us know if you plan to come for a visit!



  • Potential students should review the general requirements for admission to all WKU graduate programs.
  • Applicants to the Folk Studies graduate program must have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher. 



The following must be submitted directly to the Graduate School:

  • A complete application to the Graduate School
    • When you apply, you will be required to choose your Concentration within the degree (see the Graduate Catalog for requirements for each Concentration). If are admitted and you later choose to change your concentration, you may do so in consulation with the Folk Studies Program Director.
  • Official college transcripts
  • GRE scores - Due to the difficult circumstances of COVID-19, the GRE requirement will be waived for all Spring 2021, Fall 2021, & Spring 2022 applicants with a GPA of 3.0 or higher

In addition, applicants must submit the following directly to the Folk Studies program director:

  • A statement of intent which describes the applicant's interest in Folk Studies and research/career plans (these generally run 2-3 pages)
  • A resume
  • A writing sample (there is no length or subject requirement; applicants should submit a writing sample they feel best reflects their research and writing abilities)
  • Three letters of reference must be submitted on the student's behalf, directly to the Folk Studies director by the letter writers
  • An application for a graduate assistantship (required only for those who want to be considered for assistantship funding)                         

We have a rolling admissions system (you can apply anytime), but it is best to apply earlier rather than later. In order to receive full consideration for graduate assistantship funding, we recommend that you submit all application materials by March 1 prior to the fall in which you hope to begin. Please contact the program director if you are interested in applying after this date, as opportunities may be available.  While the program is designed to work best for students beginning in the fall, we do allow new graduate students to start in the spring.

Additional information from the Graduate School for prospective students.                





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