Admissions

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Graduate Admissions remains open and has taken all services fully online. Our focus is on continuing to serve you while keeping healthy and positive. 

May 9, 2020: In light of the continuing effects of COVID-19, to assist our applicants, Wayne State University is waiving the application fee on all graduate applications submitted for the following terms: Fall 2020, Winter 2021 and Spring/Summer 2021. Unfortunately, we are not able to make this waiver retroactive for applicants who have already paid the application fee.

Before you apply, read the application checklist below. See additional international applicant requirements

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Before you apply

General admission requirements 

You must have a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States or a comparable degree from an officially recognized institution outside the United States to apply for graduate admission. 

If you are applying to a master's program, your minimum undergraduate GPA must be 2.75 or its equivalent in upper division coursework. If you are applying to a doctoral program, your minimum undergraduate GPA must be 3.0 or its equivalent in upper division coursework.

Program specific admission requirements

Your academic program sets the eligibility criteria and supplemental application materials beyond the general admission requirements.  Check with your academic program for additional application materials, which may include letters of recommendation, a statement of purpose, a résumé/vita, etc. If your academic program of interest requires test scores from GRE, GMAT, etc., use school code 1898 to send your official scores to Wayne State University's Office of Graduate Admissions.

Review tuition and costs

For tuition purposes, your residency status will be determined during the admission process based on information available in your admission records. Residency status is determined according to the Tuition Regulations and Review Procedures established by the Board of Governors of Wayne State University.

If you are admitted as a non-resident but think there are circumstances which would warrant changing your residency classification, and you have not yet registered for classes, contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at gradadmissions@wayne.edu.

After registering for classes, you may challenge the initial residency classification by filing a Request for In-State Classification for Tuition Assessment (PDF) with the Records and Registration Office.

Ohio/Ontario good neighbor policy

Non-resident graduate students who are residents of Fulton, Lucas, Ottawa or Williams counties in Ohio or Ontario, Canada, and enroll at Wayne State University in eligible academic programs will have the non-resident portion of tuition waived. This tuition benefit does not apply to certain academic programs, including the M.D. and Doctor of Pharmacy programs. Please refer to the Tuition and Fee Regulations for additional details.

Now, you're ready to begin your application.