How to Apply

Our application form is currently offline while we transition to a new and improved system. We expect the new application to be available beginning the first week of September 2014.

You can continue to prepare your application materials while you wait for the new form to become available. Most materials, including unofficial transcripts, your statement of purpose and writing samples (if required), will be required uploads at the time you submit your application, so preparing them in advance will expedite your process.

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 indicate 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.)

Request Transcripts

Mailing Address

WWU Graduate School
516 High St., Old Main 530
Bellingham, WA 98225-9037

Please Note

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
If you are a current or former Western Washington University student, please generate an unofficial WWU transcript through Web4U to upload.

Reference Letters

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

(360) 650-3170

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 transmitted as a group. 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.


Page Updated 08.13.2014