International applicants

Michigan's most-diverse university, Wayne State welcomes graduate students from around the world whose contributions and insight provide rich opportunities for collaboration, local and global impact. 

Read the admission steps that apply to all applicants before learning about the specific requirements for international students below. 

Check academic requirements

International 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.

GPA

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.

Verify academic records

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
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

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, gradadmissions@wayne.edu (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.

I-20 financial support

To be admitted as a graduate student at WSU, you must provide documentation of financial support (bank statement form and financial affidavit of support) or proof of fellowship, assistantship or scholarship support from your academic program. 

If you plan to finance your education via fellowship, assistantship or scholarship, this process requires separate applications. Consult with your program regarding application process and deadlines. If you are granted an award, you may use the award letter as documentation of financial support.

If you will be providing your own financial support, a bank statement form and financial affidavit of support is required. You (or your sponsor's ability) to provide the needed funds must be verified by a third party (bank). You may use our bank statement form or you may request a letter from your sponsor's bank indicating the name of the bank, the account number, account holder's signature and bank official's signature.

  • The financial affidavit of support must prove you or your sponsor's willingness to pay for tuition, registration fees, books and living expenses for the duration of your studies.
  • See the graduate I-20 amount requirements for funding support minimums.
  • Statements from chartered accountants and those listing property and other non-liquid assets cannot be accepted. 

You may check the status of your I-20 with the Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS), which oversees the I-20 process. Any questions about your I-20 should be directed to OISS.

Demonstrate English proficiency

The Graduate School's English Language Proficiency requirements are the absolute minimum; programs can set higher minimum standards. You are expected to learn and meet the requirements set by your program of interest.

To establish English proficiency, you are required to submit an official qualifying score meeting minimum Graduate School requirements:

TOEFL*

79 internet-based (IBTT) 550 paper-based (PBTT)

*Currently, only the TOEFL Total Score is accepted. Wayne State University does not accept the TOEFL Super Score at this time.

Duolingo English Test

125

Michigan English Test (MET)

64

PTE

58

Under most circumstances, we will also consider the following scores. (Please submit official copies of the scores along with your application. There is no further action required on your part.)

IELTS

6.5 (overall band) *We do not accept IELTS Indicator

English Language Institute (ELI) at Wayne State University

Successful completion of all courses at the highest level. 

Please report your score to Wayne State University using institution code 1898.

  • Scores cannot be provided by another university.
  • Scores must be no more than two years old. 
  • Scores cannot be institutional.

All scores must be officially reported by the testing agency.

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 eli.wayne.edu for more information, or email ELI Director Bruce Morgan, at b.morgan@wayne.edu.

If you completed a bachelor's degree or higher from an institution in one of the following countries, you do not have to take the TOEFL:

Anguilla
Antigua
Australia
Bahamas
Barbados
Belize
Bermuda
British Virgin Islands

Canada (except Quebec)
Cayman Islands
Dominica 
Ghana
Grenada
Greenland
Guyana
Ireland
Jamaica
Liberia

New Zealand
St. Kitts and Nevis
St. Lucia
South Africa
Tobago
Trinidad
Turks and Caicos Islands
United Kingdom
U.S. Virgin Islands

Check 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.