International applicants

Admission requirements

Verification of 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, completed by World Education Services (WES). 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 WES course-by-course transcript evaluation must be transmitted directly from WES to the Office of Graduate Admissions. When making your institution selection in WES, please be sure to select from the pick-list, the following WSU office:

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

Note:  If WES will not accept your attested documents in a sealed envelope with institution stamps/seals on the back flap, please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at

WES reimbursement

For applicants admitted in Winter 2018 and beyond, the WES Basic fee will be reimbursed as a credit to your student account in your second semester of enrollment; if you are admitted and enroll at WSU.  Only WES reports sent to the WSU address above in the WES pick-list qualify for the reimbursement. 

Once your report is complete, for reimbursement, please send an email to In the subject, enter "WES Reimbursement Request."  You will need to provide your full name, your WSU Access ID No., and WES Reference Number. Applicants who have their WES fees paid by a third party are not eligible for a reimbursement. Reimbursements will be processed in the second semester of your enrollment.

NOTE: Applicants to the Ph.D. program in Chemistry, please see Department-specific instructions on their website: Chemistry Grad Application FAQ

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 from WES. For the fastest service, you should upload unofficial transcripts directly to your online application. However, you may also opt to use postal mail or email to send unofficial transcripts to the Office of Graduate Admissions:

Office of Graduate Admissions
5057 Woodward Ave
Sixth Floor
Detroit, MI 48202

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

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. Although a degree in another country may have a name similar to a U.S. degree, this does not necessarily indicate the degree can be accepted as equivalent.

Three-year general degrees (from Canada, India, Pakistan, France, Lebanon, etc.) are not accepted for graduate admission to Wayne State University. In all cases, you must have completed a four-year honors degree or additional undergraduate requirements to be considered for admission to graduate school at WSU.


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.