Western Kentucky University

The Graduate School - Prospective Students FAQ

How do I apply to be a non-degree seeking student?
Please see the non-degree seeking student application directions.
How do I apply to be a degree seeking student?
Please see the degree seeking student application directions.
How do I reapply to, or change programs?
To reapply you must submit a new application seeking admission into the new program. To be considered, you must fulfill any additional program requirements.
How do I check my application status?
Please view the Graduate Application Status page.
Can I mail my graduate application to WKU?
No, as of May 2, 2011, The Graduate School will not accept paper applications. You may, however, apply online. Payment can be achieved through credit cards, check or money order.
Can I defer my admission?
Domestic students may defer their admission by completing a new application to change their term of enrollment. Be sure to select the same program (and concentration, if applicable) to avoid processing delays. International students must submit a new application for the new term, as well as updated financial documents.
How do I apply for the International scholarship?
The University automatically awards a scholarship to each full-time, non-resident, international students.  You can find more information about the international scholarship on the financial resources page.
Why do I need a graduate advisor?
Every degree-seeking student is assigned to an advisor. The advisor should be the most important person in the course of your graduate study. Your advisor will work with you in developing a program of study (graduate degree program). The graduate advisor will assist you in the selection of your graduate committee for direction and guidance during thesis writing if you choose the thesis option. You should work closely with your advisor while in graduate school at WKU.
How does WKU convert quarter hours to semester hours?
WKU multiplies the quarter hour by 0.67 to get the semester hour.  For example, if you have earned six quarter hours, they will be converted to four semester hours.
 Last Modified 4/7/14