Admission Policies


AdmissionsPolicies for Graduate Students

Students seeking admission to any of Western’smaster’s programs must formally apply for admission with the Associate VicePresident for Graduate Studies. Formal admission to a graduate degree programis based on multiple sources of evidence and collegial, professional judgmentof program faculty about the likelihood of success. The faculty members of eachprogram consider undergraduate grade-point average (minimum 2.75 on a 4.0scale), graduate grade-point average (minimum 3.0 on a 4.0 scale), priorprofessional experience, standardized examinations, portfolios, interviews,letters of reference, and other indicators. Specific admission requirements,including application deadlines, vary depending upon the department offeringthe graduate degree.

Admission for Non-DegreeSeeking Students


Anyindividual holding a baccalaureate degree who does not wish to pursue amaster’s degree may be permitted to enroll in selected graduate courses whenapproved by the respective department chairperson and the Associate VicePresident for Graduate Studies.

Non-degree seeking students may enroll in graduatecredits for the purposes of continuing education and professional development(typically courses numbered 500-599).

Admission of International Students

International students seeking admission must submit anapplication for admission and official undergraduate and graduate collegetranscripts (translated into English), along with the $30 non-refundableapplication fee in American currency. Applicants must be graduates ofundergraduate programs equivalent to similar programs in the United States.Applicants from countries where English is not a national language must have ascore of 550 or better on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or213 on the computer-based TOEFL. Applicants must demonstrate by bank affidavit(English translation) that a total sum of $20,000 in U.S. currency is availableto cover the costs of each year of anticipated study.

                                                  Admission ofProvisional Students

An applicant who does not meet the requirements foradmission as a regular degree student may be considered for admission to amaster’s program as a provisional degree student upon the recommendation of therespective department. Individual department representatives may set their ownrequirements for admitting students provisionally.

Inorder to be removed from provisional status, the student must earn a minimumgrade of 3.0 or higher in each graduate course in the semester followingprovisional admittance.

Transfer Credits


Departmentalrepresentatives shall determine if graduate classes taken from other accreditedinstitutions can be transferred to the respective Western Graduate StudiesPrograms. Transfer credits must be listed and approved by the major advisor onthe degree plan. Credits transferred must meet the following criteria:

  • Earned at a regionally-accredited institution

  • Numbered at the graduate level

  • A grade of B or above (Courses with grades such as pass/fail or satisfactory/unsatisfactory are not acceptable)

  • The course credit must have been earned within the past 10 years unless a department specifies otherwise

  • The maximum number of transfer credits to be applied to degree requirements is nine credits.


Students must request permission to transfer coursework and provide official transcripts and course syllabi before or during theirfirst semester of study.