Graduate School coronavirus updates

Student emergency resources

Students needing emergency financial assistance due to the coronavirus may be eligible for support from the WSU CARES Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund or the WSU Student Emergency Grant Program.

Wayne State's Dean of Students Office (DOSO)  lists many other resources available to support graduate students, including the W Food Pantry and Warrior meal share program

Campus updates

For campus-wide updates, visit Warrior Safe is Warrior Strong

The Wayne State University COVID-19 Dashboard is the latest COVID-19 data related to the campus community.

For the latest on research and laboratory operations, visit the Division of Research's COVID-19 page

See the health and safety guidelines to ensure your safety and that of others in the campus community.
See the list of current campus operations, such as dining, housing and libraries. 

Key contact information

Graduate School operations and accommodations 

Check below for updated information about Graduate School support and accommodations for current/prospective students in response to COVID-19.

Last updated 8:44 a.m. 2/7/22

  • Admissions information

    Our phone lines are now open. However, answers to many common application questions can be found in the frequently asked questions (FAQ) section of the Graduate Admissions website. Can't find what you're looking for? Contact for assistance.


    We have resumed our mail services, however due to safety protocols, please allow up to two (2) weeks for processing documents received via U.S. postal, Federal Express and DHL express mail. Most admissions documents can be transmitted electronically or uploaded to your application as PDFs. We encourage all applicants to utilize electronic forms of submission whenever possible. If you have questions on the submission of electronic documents, please contact us at

    GRE General Test

    For students affected by COVID-19, at-home testing is now available worldwide for the GRE General Test, with the exception of Mainland China and Iran. 

    English proficiency requirements

    The TOEFL iBT is being temporarily offered as a special home edition. The TOEFL iBT® Home Edition is a safe and convenient option for students who prefer to take their test at home rather than a test center. The test is offered everywhere that TOEFL® testing is normally available, based on the country of your account address, except Mainland China and Iran.

  • Student information

    Grade/no pass policy

    The Graduate School provided a grade/no pass policy for the Winter 2020, Fall 2020 and Winter 2021 semesters. This policy applied to graduate students in programs that decided to opt in. Check with your program to find out if it applies to you.

    Final defense of the dissertation may be held remotely.

    Until further notice, the Graduate School will allow the dissertation defense to be conducted entirely online, through synchronous audio-visual modalities using Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Skype or other similar tools. Provision for the public to participate must be made and a public announcement must be circulated (for example, through appropriate social media channels or an email announcement with a shared link for public attendees to join the virtual meeting). The required components of the final defense remain the same, but may be accomplished virtually. 

    Oral qualifying exams and prospectus defenses may be held remotely.

    Oral qualifying exams and prospectus defenses may also be held using the synchronous audio-visual modalities described above.

    Time extensions

    To address temporary challenges of PhD students who reached a time limit during the height of the pandemic, the Graduate School provided a one-term extension to any student at the 7, 10 or 12 year limit upon request, with the endorsement of their dissertation chair and graduate program advisor. This accommodation was in effect for students reaching a limit on Dec 31, 2019, May 31, 2020, Aug 31, 2020 or Dec 31, 2020.  

    We realize that other Ph.D. students may need time extensions now or in the future as a result of COVID-19. The Graduate School is committed to working with all PhD students and programs to provide necessary flexibility as needs continue to develop. We will review other time extension requests on a case by case basis using the regular time extension request form. 

    Student services

     is a resource page full of tips and services to support students' online and remote learning. Information about accessing technology off-campus, including discounted and free internet and cellular service, can be found at Computing & Information Technology's (C&IT) resource page For support, contact 313-577-4357 or

  • Emergency funding

    Currently enrolled graduate students are eligible to apply for emergency aid through the university-wide . Students in need should  contact the Office of Student Financial Aid to begin the process of applying for emergency aid. This will help ensure that emergency aid decisions do not negatively impact other financial aid awards for eligible students.

  • Wellness resources

     can help you with your mental health needs, even while social distancing. 

    The  is OPEN for telemedicine and in person appointments, and can advise you if you are concerned about coronavirus exposure or symptoms.