International applicants

Admission requirements

Applicants must complete the equivalent of a U.S. four-year degree, including all state and external/internal examinations required for the degree. Some three-year general degrees (from Canada, India, Pakistan, France, Lebanon, etc.) may not be equivalent to a four-year U.S. bachelor's degree. However, if you have completed an honors degree or additional undergraduate courses beyond the three-year bachelor's degree, you may be considered for admission.

Verification of academic records

Effective September 15, 2019 (and with the Winter 2020 term), all applicants with a bachelor's degree from a non-U.S. institution must submit an official course-by-course transcript evaluation of that degree (which serves as the official academic transcript), completed by one of the following credential evaluators:

If you choose to use multiple transcript evaluation services from the above approved list, only the first evaluation report received will be used as the official transcript when making an admission decision, as well as, for transfer credit purposes. Please do not send any official or sealed academic records to the Office of Graduate Admissions. We will not accept transcripts delivered in a sealed envelope. The official course-by-course transcript evaluation must be transmitted directly from the credential evaluator to the Office of Graduate Admissions. When making your institution selection, please be sure to select the following Wayne State University office:

Wayne State University
Office of Graduate Admissions
5057 Woodward Avenue, Suite 6000
Detroit, MI 48202

Official credential evaluations must be received in the Office of Graduate Admissions by the following term deadlines:

  • Fall – July 31
  • Winter – November 30
  • Spring/Summer – April 30

Unofficial transcripts may be submitted in order for the Office of Graduate Admissions to grant a decision on your application. In this case, temporary admission may be granted, pending receipt of your official evaluation. For the fastest service, applicants should upload unofficial transcripts directly to their online application. Applicants may opt to use postal mail or email to send unofficial transcripts to the Office of Graduate Admissions, (or to the mailing address above). 

NOTE: Applicants to the Ph.D. program in chemistry, please see the department-specific instructions on their website

Applicants who submit their credential evaluations by the deadline will receive a credit of $160.00 to their student account in their first term of enrollment. Applicants who have their credential evaluation fees paid by a third party are not eligible for this credit.

Provisional admission through the English Language Institute (ELI)

International students who meet the admissions requirements for an academic program (such as standardized test scores and minimum grade-point average) but do not meet English language proficiency requirements may be eligible to receive provisional admission to Wayne State through ELI. Students will study full time in the ELI program until they meet the university's English proficiency requirements. Visit for more information, or email ELI Director Bruce Morgan, at


Master's applicant

Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or its equivalent in upper division coursework.

Doctoral applicant

Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or its equivalent in upper division coursework.

Program admission requirements

Some academic programs may have GPA and/or English proficiency standards that are higher than the university's minimum requirements. Academic programs may also require supplementary admission materials and entrance exams that must be submitted before an application is considered complete. Contact your program of interest for specific requirements.

Some doctoral programs require the completion of a master's degree before admission is granted. Doctoral applicants should have substantial specialized coursework in the proposed area of study.

Recommended application deadlines

Application deadlines set by your program supersede those set by the graduate school.

Once you've been accepted 

  1. Activate your WSU Access ID and email accounts.
  2. Get your OneCard, your multipurpose identification and debit card. It provides students, faculty, staff, alumni and recognized affiliates access to a wide variety of campus services in a convenient, easy-to-use card. The OneCard Offlice located at The Welcome Center, 42 W. Warren, Detroit, is currently open Monday-Thursday by appointment only. Call: 313-577-2273 to make an appointment. 
  3. Upload outstanding materials to your online application:
    • Upload your Bank Statement
    • Upload your Affidavit of Support form
    • Order your academic evaluation (WES, ECE, SpanTran)
  4. Contact OISS for the new student checklist
  5. Register for classes.
  6. Finally, see our resources page of useful information for incoming students