Application & Admission

Application Process

Annual receipt deadline of all application materials is March 1. All applicants must complete an application form for admission to the WSU Graduate School, and send transcripts from all undergraduate institutions, a statement of purpose, a writing sample, and three letters of recommendation.

Admission Process

After the March 1 deadline, all applications are processed by the Office of Graduate Studies to determine eligibility for admission to the WSU Graduate School.  As part of the process, the English Department Graduate Studies Committee evaluates all candidates and endorses the admission of selected applicants to the Graduate School (formal admission to the English Graduate Program is filed after at least six graduate course credits are completed and the student files an Admission to Candidacy form).  

Applicants must have an undergraduate degree completed by the time of graduate enrollment, and the undergraduate degree should correlate to the course of study that the applicant wishes to pursue at the graduate level. In some cases, students accepted into the English Graduate Program may be required to take equivalency courses in certain subjects not covered by their undergraduate coursework. Admission to the graduate program is based on strong application materials, as well as a minimum 3.00 GPA overall, figured on a basis of 4.0, and a minimum 3.25 GPA in undergraduate English courses.

International student transcripts must be provided in English and reflect strong academic performance. Admission criterion for international students is a TOEFL score of 600 (paper-based test) / 250 (computer-based test) or equivalent on the internet-based test.