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Admission Requirements

The minimum requirements for acceptance are as follows:

  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • 2.75 GPA (on a 4.0 Scale) for all hours earned past the first 60-semester or 90-quarter hours of the baccalaureate degree.
  • Application and Fee
  • Official copy of Transcript(s)
  • Letter of Professional Intent
  • References
  • The GRE IS NOT required for admission into this program.

Application Process

1. Apply for admission

  • Visit the Distance Learning Admission Page for more information.
    • A Step By Step Guide for completing the application process: Application Tutorial
    • There is a $65 application fee.
  • Complete the WKU Domestic and International Graduate Application
    • Under Planned Course of Study Section, Choose:
      • Category of Study >>> Masters
      • Planned Course of Study >>> Child and Family Studies (0489)

2. Submit Required Materials:

    • Request ALL official transcripts from ALL post-secondary institutions you have attended.
    • The transcript must be forwarded from the college or university registrar electronically or directly to the Graduate School. 
    • Send your official transcripts from each college attended to Graduate Admissions. 
      • You may request electronic transcripts through the National Student Clearinghouse. This speeds up the admissions process considerably. If your school is not listed with the Clearinghouse, please contact them directly to see if they have another process in place for electronic submissions or request an official copy be sent by mail.
    • Submit a 2-3 page letter of professional intent describing professional interests and career goals.
      • The letter should be a measure of an applicant's writing style and writing ability.
      • It should be 2-3 pages in length and is expected to be well organized, free of typing and grammatical errors, and clearly written.
      • It should have an introduction, clearly stated purpose, and contents that demonstrate the best impression of the applicant's writing. 
      • The letter of professional intent should articulate and demonstrate your specific qualifications for the program of study. We are interested in an applicant's reasoning for their intended course of study. Therefore, each of the following points must be addressed.
        • Why do you want to pursue this degree?
        • What are your career goals once you complete the program?
        • Describe an impactful situation or experience you have had working with children, youth, and/or families.
        • Describe the most important characteristics and qualities needed by professionals in working with children, youth, and/or families and where you stand relative to developing them.
    • The letter of professional intent should be emailed to to be included with the graduate application.
    • Submit 3 letters of reference from previous instructors, colleagues, or supervisors indicating the applicant's ability to succeed in graduate classes.

  Deadlines for Admission Applications & Transcripts 

  • Fall Semester: Rolling Admission
  • Spring Semester: Rolling Admission

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 Last Modified 8/7/17