How to Apply

Check Application Requirements and Deadlines

Visit our Application Requirements page to view available admisison 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, Reference Letters

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 for admission and Graduate Assistantship selection purposes).

Submit one official transcript from each institution attended (including study abroad credit, and any transfer insitutions).

Contact professors or others who will be submitting references in support of your application. Please provide them with a link to our admissions reference form (the form permits attachment of another document if they would prefer to write a letter).


If supporting documents are received in our office before your application, that is fine. We will file them away under your name and match them up with your application when it arrives.

Submit Your Application


Create an account and complete your application online. To submit your application, you will need to pay the application fee with a credit card (MasterCard or Visa). Applications may be submitted online until midnight of the posted deadline date for the program and term selected.

If it is after the posted deadline and you have been authorized to submit a late application, please contact us to request the application in an alternate format.

Check Your Application Status

Once initial processing of an application is complete, applicants are notified via email and encouraged to track their status online at the Graduate School's Application Web View.

Follow-up on any Missing Items

(360) 650-3170

If reference letters have not arrived, please check with those people you requested them from to ensure they were sent.

You might need to request a transcript for an institution that you had forgotten that you attended for transfer credit.

If you have questions about your application status, please contact us right away.

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 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.


Formal admission is offered to an applicant by the Graduate School via email upon receipt of the departmental recommendation. Admission offers are sent via email. If you are not recommended for admission, notification will be sent via regular mail.

Page Updated 09.04.2013