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The Graduate School - Admission Policies

Applicants From Non-Regionally Accredited Institutions

Graduates of non-regionally accredited, four-year educational institutions may be admitted to the Graduate School and considered for admission to a master's degree program with an adequate preparation in the field of specialization, as determined by the academic program to which a student applies.  Additionally, programs may request additional information from an applicant from a non-regionally accredited institution during the application review process.

Appeal of Admission Denial

Admission is denied when a student fails to meet the minimum Graduate School admission requirements, or as a result of the academic program review.  If a student believes there are extenuating circumstances that should be considered, she or he may appeal the admission decision. Students wishing to appeal a denial should contact the program coordinator for the academic program desired.

Appeal requests for admission requirements for the specialist degree program should follow the procedure outlined for the master's program.

Senior Citizens

A senior citizen (65 years or older) who holds a bachelor's degree may be admitted to the Graduate School as a Special Student. Upon completion of 12 hours of course work in a degree program with a minimum grade point average of 3.0, the student may be admitted to that degree program.  Additionally, Kentucky residents aged 65 or over may be eligible for tuition remission of six hours per semester.  Please contact the Bursar's office for more information.

Undergraduate Enrollment in Graduate Courses

Undergraduate students at Western Kentucky University may enroll in graduate-level courses. Several conditions must be met to facilitate such enrollment:

  1. Student must file all appropriate paper work through the Graduate School.
  2. Undergraduate students must have declared a major or minor in the subject area or a closely related area for which the graduate course is offered.
  3. Students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in the major or minor area to which the graduate coursework is closely related.
  4. Students may enroll in no more than 15 hours of coursework (graduate and undergraduate combined) in any semester in which enrollment in graduate-level courses occurs.
  5. With the concurrence of the student’s undergraduate advisor, department head and dean, graduate coursework may be used to satisfy undergraduate degree requirements; however, graduate credit hours used to meet the requirements for a baccalaureate degree may not be used toward a graduate degree.

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 Last Modified 9/24/15