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Admissions Eligibility

Baccalaureate Degree

Applicants must have already completed a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university, or an equivalent degree from a foreign university, before the term in which they intend to begin their WWU graduate program.

The degree must be appropriate to the intended graduate program.

English Language Proficiency

You must obtain at least the minimum TOEFL (86 iBT) or IELTS (7.0) scores to be eligible for admission.


  • English is your native language, or
  • You have earned, or are in the process of earning, a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution, or from Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand or English-speaking provinces of Canada.

Official TOEFL or IELTS scores must be on file in the Graduate School office when the application is received. Test scores must be no older than one year at the time of application.

Grade Point Average

In order to be eligible for full admission, applicants must have a 3.0 cumulative GPA (on 4.0 scale) calculated over all post-secondary coursework.

Applicants with advanced degrees from accredited institutions are considered to have met GPA requirements.

How to apply

Apply for Admission

Most materials, including unofficial transcripts, your statement of purpose and writing samples (if required), are required to be uploaded at the time that you submit your application. Preparing them in advance will expedite your process. See the individual program pages for specific requirements for your program of choice.

If you have questions as you proceed through the application, please do not hesitate to contact us for assistance. Our staff is available Monday-Friday, 8 am to 5 pm (Pacific Time) at or (360) 650-3170.

Check application requirements and deadlines

Find your program's page and view available admission terms, deadlines, application requirements and prerequisites for the program of your choice.

For programs that ask you to identify a potential thesis adviser (Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Environmental Science), be sure to look into the research interests of faculty within the department.

Schedule GRE, GMAT, MAT or WEST-B

Test scores are required for most graduate programs. Some programs do not require admission test scores for holders of advanced degrees (ie. MEd, MA, MS, PhD, JD). For more information, please see our Testing page.

Please note: MIT applicants are required to satisfy WEST-B testing requirements. See WEST-B requirement for details.

WWU's ETS institution code is 4947. It is unnecessary to specify a department code.

Request transcripts

Unofficial transcripts from every higher education institution you have attended for academic credit are required at the time you submit your application. Please be sure to include unofficial transcripts for any institution where you took transfer credits or study abroad credits—even if the courses, credits, and grades are listed on your degree institution unofficial transcript. The only exception is for higher education coursework you completed while still attending high school. These transcripts will be used for GPA calculation and evaluation purposes. Please review detailed instructions on uploading transcripts and what document types fulfill requirements.

If you are a current or former Western Washington University student, please generate an unofficial WWU transcript through Web4U to upload.

Official transcripts will be required of candidates upon acceptance of an offer of admission.

Mailing Address

WWU Graduate School

516 High St, Old Main 530

Bellingham, WA 98225-9037

Please Note

All documents submitted in support of your application become the property of the University and will not be returned, copied for the applicant or a third party or forwarded (except to the department for admission and Graduate Assistantship selection purposes).

Reference letters

The application includes a built-in letter of reference system that automatically sends emails to the recommenders you specify. It will provide them with a form to make their recommendations. See an overview.

When your application is complete

The Graduate School Office at Western Washington University operates as the graduate admissions center for all academic departments offering graduate degree and graduate certification programs.

Your file is eligible for review by the academic department for admissions consideration once all required materials are received.

Some departments review applications as a group. In these cases, complete applications are held until the deadline passes, and then evaluated. All applications completed by the deadline will be given full consideration.

Most programs that admit all terms (Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer) review applications as soon as they are complete, on a rolling basis.

How to confirm your intent to enroll

At the time of admission, we will send you an official offer letter and provide you with details on how to confirm your intent to enroll, which includes a nonrefundable fee of $100. The confirmation fee is used to fund orientation activities, graduate student community development opportunities, and travel for graduate student presentations at conferences, among many other efforts.

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