Graduate Studies

Admission Requirements

Please refer to the appropriate section below for details on admission requirements based on your student level:

New Freshman

  • Hold a credential that is comparable to a U.S. high school diploma.
  • Have a grade point average of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. All marks and scores will be converted to a 4.0 grading scale.
  • Non-native English speaking applicants must submit satisfactory English proficiency scores on one of the following exams: TOEFL, IELTS, ITEP, or PTE Academic. (Use school code 1900 for WIU.) Learn more about English proficiency requirements and countries exempt from this requirement.

You do not have to submit proof of English proficiency if you meet the following criteria within two years before your matriculation date at WIU:

    • You studies at least two years at a state recognized U.S. high school and earned at least a 2.5 on a 4.0 grading scale in an academic core curriculum.
    • You completed a minimum of two academic years of full-time study at the secondary level in a country where English is the primary language (not merely the language of instruction) immediately prior to the proposed date of enrollment.

Transfer Student

  • Have a combined grade point average of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 grading scale for all college level coursework attempted and good standing at the last institution attended. All marks and scores will be converted to a 4.0 grading scale.
  • Applicants who have earned less than the equivalent of 24 semester hours must also meet freshman admission standards.
  • If you do not meet English proficiency requirements, you will be required to complete the WESL program before entering academics.
  • Non-native English speaking applicants must submit satisfactory English proficiency scores on one of the following exams: TOEFL, IELTS, ITEP, or PTE Academic. (Use school code 1900 for WIU.) Learn more about English proficiency requirements and countries exempt from this requirement.

You do not have to submit proof of English proficiency if you meet the following criteria within two years before your matriculation date at WIU:

    • You studied at least two years at a regionally accredited U.S. post-secondary institution and earned the equivalent of at least 24 semester hours of transferable degree credit to include ENG 180 and 280 with a grade of "C" or higher; OR you earned an Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, or Associate of General Studies degree while completing the equivalent of ENG 180 and 280 with a grade of "C" or higher within two years of starting matriculation date at WIU, or
    • You completed a minimum of two academic years of full-time study at the secondary level in a country where English is the primary language (not merely the language of instruction), immediately prior to the proposed date of enrollment.
  • See our Transfer Credits page for information about transferring your undergraduate college credits at WIU.

Graduate Students

  • Hold a degree comparable to a recognized U.S. bachelor's degree.
  • Have a combined GPA of at least 2.75 on a 4.0 scale for all college courses attempted; or have a 3.0 or higher GPA for the last two years of undergraduate work attempted. All marks and scores will be converted to a 4.0 grading scale. Some departments have a higher GPA requirement so please refer to the Departmental Admission Requirements.
  • Non-native English speaking applicants must submit satisfactory English proficiency scores on one of the following exams: TOEFL, IELTS, ITEP, or PTE Academic. (Use school code 1900 for WIU.) Learn more about English proficiency requirements and countreis exempt from this requirements. Some academic programs may require higher scores for admission.

You do not have to submit proof of English proficiency if you meet the following criteria within two years before your matriculation date at WIU:

    • Successfully complete a bachelor's degree from an American institution with four years in residence.
    • Successfully complete a bachelor's degree at an institution where English is the native language (not just the language of instruction).