How to Apply
We are pleased to announce that our ApplyWeb application is now available.
Most materials, including unofficial transcripts, your statement of purposeand writing samples (if required), are required to be uploaded at the time you submit your application, so preparing them in advance will expedite your process.
If you have questions as you proceed through the application, please do not hesitate to contact us for assistance. Our staff is available Monday-Friday, 8 am to 5 pm (Pacific Time).
Check Application Requirements and Deadlines
Visit our Application Requirements page to view available admission terms, deadlines, application requirements and prerequisites for the program of your choice.
For programs that ask you to identify a potential thesis adviser (Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Environmental Science) be sure to look into the research interests of faculty within the department.
Schedule GRE, GMAT or MAT
Test scores are required for most graduate programs. Some programs do not require admission test scores for holders of advanced degrees (ie. MEd, MA, MS, PhD, JD).
WWU's ETS institution code is 4947. (It is not necessary to specify a department code.)
WWU Graduate School
516 High St., Old Main 530
Bellingham, WA 98225-9037
All documents submitted in support of your application become the property of the University and will not be returned, copied for the applicant or a third party or forwarded (except to the department for admission and Graduate Assistantship selection purposes).
Unofficial transcripts from every higher education institution you have attended for academic credit are required at the time you submit your application. These transcripts will be used for GPA calculation and evaluation purposes. Detailed instructions on uploading transcripts and what document types fulfill requirements are available at http://www.wwu.edu/gradschool/upload-transcript.shtml.
If you are a current or former Western Washington University student, please generate an unofficial WWU transcript through Web4U to upload.
Official transcripts will be required of candidates upon acceptance of an offer of admission.
Our new application includes a reference letter request system that will automatically send emails to the recommenders you specify, and provide them with a form to make their recommendations.
When your Application is Complete
The Graduate School Office at Western Washington University operates as the graduate admissions center for all academic departments offering graduate degree and graduate certification programs.
Your file is eligible for review by the academic department for admissions consideration once all required materials are received.
Some departments review applications as a group. In these cases, complete applications are held until the deadline passes, and then evaluated. All applications completed by the deadline will be given full consideration.
Most programs that admit all terms (Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer) review applications as soon as they are complete, on a rolling basis.