Western Kentucky University

The Graduate School - Admission Policies

Applicants From Non-Regionally Accredited Institutions

Graduates of non-regionally accredited, four-year educational institutions may be admitted to the Graduate School and considered for admission to a master's degree program with a minimum GAP score, an adequate preparation in the field of specialization, and a minimum of 40 hours of general education course work including the following:

  1. At least 6 semester hours (or the equivalent) in each of the areas of communication, humanities, and natural science.
  2. At least 12 semester hours (or the equivalent) in social and behavioral studies, including history.
  3. At least 3 semester hours (or the equivalent) in mathematics or logic.

Appeal of Admission Denial

Admission is denied when a student fails to meet the minimum the Graduate School admission requirements. If the student believes there are extenuating circumstances that should be considered, she or he may appeal the decision denying admission. In the alternate admission process, the admission decision may be based upon consideration of accomplishments and qualifications as evidenced by a professional portfolio consisting of the record of vocational attainment and recognition; a statement of goals indication commitment to pursue graduate education; three letters of support from instructors, co-workers, or work supervisors; scholarly papers and/or projects; and any other supportive materials. This additional information is considered by the alternative admission committee and may result in one of three recommendations: full admission to the Graduate School; conditional admission (full admission to be based upon performance in specified undergraduate/graduate course work); or denial of admission. Some departments may have more specific guidelines on alternate admission materials.

Appeal requests for admission requirements for the specialist degree program should follow the procedure outlined for the master's program.

Senior Citizens

 A senior citizen (65 years or older) who holds a bachelor's degree may be admitted to the Graduate School as a Special Student. Upon completion of 12 hours of course work in a degree program with a minimum grade point average of 3.0, the student may be admitted to that degree program.

 Undergraduate Enrollment in Graduate Courses

Undergraduate students at Western Kentucky University may enroll in graduate-level courses. Several conditions must be met to facilitate such enrollment:

  1. Student must file all appropriate paper work through the Graduate School.
  2. Undergraduate students must have declared a major or minor in the subject area or a closely related area for which the graduate course is offered.
  3. Students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in the major or minor area to which the graduate coursework is closely related.
  4. Students may enroll in no more than 15 hours of coursework (graduate and undergraduate combined) in any semester in which enrollment in graduate-level courses occurs.
  5. With the concurrence of the student’s undergraduate advisor, department head and dean, graduate coursework may be used to satisfy undergraduate degree requirements; however, graduate credit hours used to meet the requirements for a baccalaureate degree may not be used toward a graduate degree.
 Last Modified 4/7/14