How To Apply

School of Graduate Studies

Follow these steps to apply for admission to WSU Graduate Study programs.


Complete the WSU School of Graduate Studies Online Application. You will either use your existing StarID or you will be asked to create a new StarID.

Meet any Graduate Program Requirements

First apply to the School of Graduate Studies, and next apply to the Graduate Department program.

Graduate Departments have extra requirements before you can be accepted into those programs.

Check with the Graduate Department to see how to apply to your intended graduate program. You can find additional program application forms on the department websites.


Application Fee

WSU requires a $20 application fee that can be paid online. If mailing a check or money order, please have it made out to Winona State University.

All first time graduate applications require this fee. Payment of this fee as an undergraduate student does not waive this fee for the graduate application.



Request official transcripts from each non-Minnesota State College/University. If you have attended a Minnesota State College/Universities, WSU will retrieve your transcript from our database.

Transcripts can be sent to or mail them to:

WSU Admissions PO Box 5838
Winona, MN 55987-5838




Admission to Graduate Study does not mean admission to a degree or certificate program.

Applications for a degree or certificate program will be reviewed by the department offering that program.

You will be notified, in writing, if you are admitted or denied admission to the program.

International Students

As an international student, the process for applying to a graduate program at WSU has a few extra steps.

Learn how to apply as an international student.

Wisconsin Reciprocity

If you are a Wisconsin resident please submit an Online Reciprocity Application. Select "Apply for MN-WI tuition reciprocity."