Prepare to Apply
Most materials, including unofficial transcripts, your statement of purpose, and writing samples (if required), are required to be uploaded at the time you submit your application. Preparing them in advance will expedite your process.
If you have questions about 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 (360) 650-3170 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
As an international applicant, you will need additional processing time for your international transcript evaluation and visa application. In some countries, 6 to 8 months is required. Contact the local U.S. consulate for processing requirements. Learn about U.S. travel at the Department of State.
Not all programs accept applications for all quarters. Consult the program page listed in Find a Program for program-specific application deadlines.
International Student and Scholar Services
Contact ISSS, which supports international students at Western with immigration, practical matters, and social and cultural adjustment.
English Language Proficiency
- 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. TOEFL or IELTS scores must be no older than one year at the time of application.
Other Admissions Test Scores
International applicants must submit program-specific admissions test scores if required by the program.
The Graduate School must receive the GRE or GMAT score reports directly from the Educational Testing Service, and receive the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) score reports directly from the Psychological Corporation.
Test scores must be on file prior to any admission decision.
Some programs do not require an admissions test, or do not require a test if the applicant holds an advanced degree equivalent to the U.S. (master’s, Ph.D, M.D., J.D., etc.); consult the program page linked under Find a Program for details.
You are required to upload a scanned or electronically generated unofficial transcript from each post-secondary institution attended as part of the application. Provide a copy of your diploma if your transcript does not list the degree awarded.
If you are admitted, a final, official transcript from each institution is still required before you can enroll. If your undergraduate degree is still in progress, please upload current transcripts at the time of application. If you are admitted and choose to attend WWU, you will be required to submit a final official transcript showing the award of the baccalaureate degree prior to registration.
- Documents must be issued within the last two years at the time of application.
- To be considered official, transcripts must be in sealed envelopes prepared by the university or college; attested / certified copies prepared by the institution may be accepted if originals cannot be provided by the institution.
- All transcripts and diplomas must be translated into English by the institution, Ministry of Education (or equivalent), or an accredited agency.
Applicants attending institutions in China must request official transcripts from the Ministry-authorized verification offices listed below; transcripts directly from an institution cannot be considered official.
This is NOT in lieu of official transcripts, but an additional requirement.
- If your degree was earned outside the US or Canada, submit an official course-by-course credential evaluation. We accept both WES evaluations (standard course-by-course or ICAP), and Educational Perspectives evaluations through the CertiFile Certified Credential Attachment service.
- Note: If you choose to submit a WES evaluation, we recommend the ICAP product, because it includes verified copies of your official transcripts and eliminates the need to provide a separate official transcript to our office if you are admitted and choose to attend WWU.
- Please see Certifile Order Process for detailed information about ordering a degree evaluation through the CertiFile service.
- You must have earned, or must be in the process of earning, a degree that is equivalent to a four-year U.S. baccalaureate prior to beginning the graduate program.
- The degree-granting institution must be recognized by the Ministry of Education (or equivalent) in the country where the degree was earned.
Please contact the Graduate School office if you have questions or need clarification on these requirements. Applications cannot be sent to the department for admission consideration until all required documents are received.
International students are not eligible for financial aid and must provide verification of funding for one year of expenses. Please see our International Student Costs page for details and program-specific Statement of Financial Responsibility forms.
Graduate Teaching Assistantships are generally not awarded during the first year of study to ensure that students (whose primary language is not English) demonstrate English language competency.
If you are admitted and choose to attend, you will need to provide verification of funding and sponsor letter (if applicable) either by email to email@example.com or in hard copy.
Additional visa information is available on the Department of State website.
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