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Washington State University Graduate School

Applications and Admissions

The Graduate School is responsible for official admission decisions regarding all graduate students at WSU. The Dean of the Graduate School makes these decisions with the input and advice from appropriate Graduate School staff, graduate programs, departments, and colleges. Programs and/or degree granting units and the Graduate School have the right to deny admission to any student, regardless of whether the student meets the minimum admission requirements, and are not required to provide a reason for denial.

The Graduate School’s admission policies are closely aligned with admission criteria set by the Washington State Achievement Council (WSAC) for universities operating within the state of Washington.  Additional information regarding WSAC can be found on their website:

The following policies apply to all applicants to the Graduate School and graduate students at Washington State University, except as stated. Additional information regarding application and admission to Graduate School is found on the Graduate School website


A. General Policies

Policies that apply to all applicants and current graduate students at WSU.

B. Provisional Admission

Exceptions to policies deemed by the Dean of the Graduate School.

C. Admission for Non-degree-seeking students

Not Advanced Degree Candidate (NADC), Undecided, Certificate, Visiting, Visiting International.

D. Change of Program and Degree Level, and Addition of Programs

Changes of Program, Change of Degree Level, and Additions of Programs for Current Graduate Students

E. Admission for Students Working Simultaneously Toward Baccalaureate and Advanced Degrees

Undergraduate Seniors, Undergraduates other than Seniors, Select Graduate Admission Program.

F. Council of Graduate Schools Resolution

Resolution Regarding Graduate Scholars, Fellows, Trainees and Assistants.

G. Unsuccessful Applicants and Accepted Students Who Decline Offer of Admission

Information on admission to the Graduate School.

H. Change of Date of Admission/Re-application to Graduate School

Students who apply to the Graduate School for a particular semester.

I. Re-admission After Resignation or Unapproved Absence

Readmission after resignation or unapproved absence.

J. Change from Non-degree Status to Degree Program

UNDG, NADC, Certificate Students Pursuing Formal Admission to Graduate School.

K. Graduate Study for Faculty/Staff

Faculty, Staff and/or Administrative Personnel, Tuition Fee Waiver Program.

L. Change of Status from Graduate to Undergraduate

Find out more information about changing status from Graduate to Undergraduate.


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