This application is required to determine eligibility for registration and activate your student record if you were not enrolled the previous quarter. Early application allows timely access to registration information. We strongly encourage filing of the Returning Student Application at least one week before registration begins.
Leaves of Absence
Students who cannot register for consecutive quarters should apprise their program adviser or coordinator of their impending absence. Students do not need to officially notify the Graduate School of their absence.
Students should note that the quarter(s) they are not enrolled still count towards the five year limit on degree completion. Also, any outstanding K grades must still be cleared within a year or the K grade reverts to a Z.
Please contact the Financial Aid office for deadlines and procedures if you are applying for financial aid.
Transfer Credit Request
Complete the form online, print, and submit to your adviser for signature.
Coursework taken prior to formal admission to a WWU master's degree program, whether at Western or another institution, can be considered for transfer credit if the criteria listed below are met.
Credit taken at another institution, concurrent with graduate status in a WWU master's degree program, can also be considered for transfer credit if the criteria listed below are met. (Such coursework should be approved in advance of registration to prevent any misunderstanding or false expectations.)
- A limit of twelve quarter (eight semester) credits
- Graded with a B, 3.0, or better
- Taken no more than three years prior to the student's quarter of admission
- Acceptable to the granting institution for its master’s degree
- Meets the requirements and conditions of approved courses offered by WWU
The transfer credit request, including a copy of the course syllabus, is submitted by the graduate program advisor and student for approval by the Graduate School. At the recommendation of the graduate program advisor and the approval of the Graduate School, some course requirements may be waived, depending on a student’s previous academic experience. However, the total number of credits required for the degree must still be met.
No credit is given for correspondence courses. No credit is allowed by challenge examination or performance.
Courses offered as workshops or in a shortened time frame, even under regular course numbers, do not qualify for graduate credit toward a degree, unless the department obtains prior permission for each specific instance from the Graduate Council. To ensure that prior approval has been granted, students should obtain written permission from the Graduate School prior to enrolling.
If you have questions, contact your graduate program adviser or the Graduate School.