Graduate Admissions

STEPS TO FOLLOW

Students desiring to enter the graduate program must submit the following documents:

  1. A completed graduate application for admission.  Application for admission to the graduate studies program may be completed on-line at https://apply.wbu.edu/.  

  2. An application fee of $50 (non-refundable).  Any student who previously paid an application fee as with an undergraduate or graduate degree seeking status is exempt from this fee.

  3. Official transcripts from each institution attended.  A transcript is official if received by the Office of Graduate Studies or the external campus office directly from the issuing institution.  It must bear the college seal, date, and appropriate signature.  Hand-carried transcripts are considered official only if they are presented to Wayland in a sealed letterhead envelope from the issuing institution.  If the bachelor's degree has not been conferred at the time the transcript is sent, an official transcript indicating the completion of the baccalaureate degree must be forwarded after graduation.  It is the responsibility of the student to provide official transcripts of all college work completed as of the date of the application.  Failure to list all colleges attended is considered grounds for denial of admission into Wayland as well as possible immediate suspension for those currently enrolled at Wayland.

  4. Application files will not be evaluated until all of the above requirements have been met.

A student who desires to enroll in graduate courses may be admitted to graduate study under one of the following categories.

  • Degree-Seeking-The Degree-seeking category is available for any student who wishes to pursue a graduate degree, has completed the graduate application process and who meets all admission requirements.  A student in this category is eligible to enroll in all graduate courses for which he or she has completed the necessary prerequisites.  Application for admission to a specific degree program is made concurrently with application to the Graduate Program.  A student who holds a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution and meets one of the following conditions is eligible for admission as a degree seeking student.

    1. Applicants with a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher on the last 60 graded hours earned at the time of application are guaranteed admission to the graduate program.
    2. Applicants with a GPA of 2.70 to 2.999 on the last 60 graded hours earned at the time of application must submit a writing sample approved by the university.  The cost for the writing sample is $10 per attempt and must be paid in advance.  The writing sample will be available online for 30 days following notification of the student by the graduate studies office.  After 30 days, incomplete writing samples will be removed from the online site.  An additional fee of $10 will be charged for subsequent  attempts.  A maximum of four attempts is allowed.  Additional instructions will be given to the student by the graduate studies office concerning the writing sample.  An average score of 4.0 on the two prompts of the writing sample is required for admission.
    3. Applicants with a GPA of 2.50 to 2.699 on the last 60 graded hours earned at the time of application may be admitted on a probationary status.  Students under this category must submit a writing sample approved by the university. The cost for the writing sample is $10 per attempt and must be paid in advance.  The writing sample will be available online for 40 days following notification of the student by the graduate studies office.  After 30 days, incomplete writing samples will be removed from the online site.  An additional fee of $10 will be charged for subsequent  attempts.  A maximum of four attempts is allowed.  Additional instructions will be given to the student by the graduate studies office concerning the writing sample.  An average score of 4.0 on the two prompts of the writing sample is required for admission.  Upon receipt of the writing sample score, the student may be required to participate in an admissions interview.  Admissions interviews for external campus students will be arranged by the external campus executive director and dean.  Admissions interviews for students on the Plainview campus or in fully on-line degree programs will be arranged by the dean of the appropriate school.
    4. Applicants with a GPA below 2.50 on the last 60 hours earned at the time of application will not be considered for admission.
  • Conditional Degree-Seeking-The conditional category exists for students who wish to pursue a graduate degree but have not met all the admission requirements.  Candidates admitted under this category must have applied for degree-seeking status.  To be granted conditional degree-seeking status, the applicant must hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited university, submit a completed application for degree-seeking students, pay the related application fee and arrange for official transcripts to be sent to the Graduate Studies Office.

To continue enrollment beyond the first term of attendance, the applicant must be admitted as a degree-seeking candidate prior to the beginning of the next regular academic term of 10 weeks or more.  Students in this category may not take more than six semester hours of graduate work and must earn a grade of 'B' or better in each course attempted.  Students will not be allowed to enroll in graduate classes unless all the prerequisites required for the class have been met.  (If during the course of the semester of conditional enrollment it is discovered that the student does not meet graduate requirements, he or she may be asked to withdraw from graduate classes.)

  • Non-Degree Post-Baccalaureate- The non-degree post-baccalaureate category is available to any student who already holds a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university and who desires post-baccalaureate work for the purpose of licensure, certification, or personal goals but who do not wish to apply this work toward a graduate degree.  International Students holding an F-1 student visa are not admitted under this category.

A non-degree post-baccalaureate applicant must meet all the criteria for admissions.  Requirements for admission are as follows:

    1. To be admitted, non-degree seeking students must have a GPA of 2.7 or higher for the last 60 hours of courses completed at the time of application.
    2. A non-refundable fee of $50 is required.  Any student who previously paid an application fee as with an undergraduate or graduate degree seeking status is exempt from this fee.
    3. A completed application for admission. Application for admission to the graduate studies program may be completed on-line at https://apply.wbu.edu/.  
    4. An official copy of their most recent transcript with the baccalaureate degree posted and an official copy of all transcripts documenting all post-baccalaureate hours completed.
    5. These documents must be submitted prior to the beginning of the next regular academic term of 10 weeks or more.

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