Graduate admissions FAQs
For answers to some of the most commonly asked questions, see the FAQs listed below.
How much is tuition?
A breakdown of WSU fees can be found in chart format on our WSU tuition and fee site. Use our tuition calculator to determine overall cost.
Our MS programs are 30- 32 credits, and students typically take 8 credits a semester for four semesters. OISS offers a breakdown of total living and tuition cost.
Tuition payment options are organized through the WSU Bursar Office.
Wayne State offers installment plans, which allows for payments of educational expenses to be spread over a scheduled payment period.
Here is the WSU bill posting schedule.
What is a WES Evaluation?
WSU Graduate School requires international student transcripts to be evaluated by WES. It is not required for you to submit your WES evaluation with your initial application, but it is highly recommended. Unofficial transcript copies are sufficient for MS and PhD application review. However, a WES evaluation may be requested during the review process if our reviewers have questions. If you are admitted, an official course-by-course WES Basic evaluation is required. If you attend Wayne State, the cost of your WES evaluation will be reimbursed to you in your second term.
You can find more information on our International applicants webpage.
Can I defer admission?
If you are admitted to a MS program but wish to start in a future term, please visit the Graduate Admissions webpage and create a new application for the semester you would like to attend. You do not need to upload your documents again.
Am I eligible for any scholarships?
Most of our Masters students are self-funded. However, Wayne State does have a few opportunities for incoming Graduate students to receive financial aid and scholarships.
How can I obtain a teaching or research assistantships? Am I eligible?
Assistantships are decided by faculty, and are generally reserved for PhD students. Reach out to faculty who share similar research interests as you and individually inquire about positions. Faculty receive funding at different times throughout the year.
Can I work on campus and take classes?
Yes. Many of our students work on-campus in non-engineering jobs while they study. You can find on-campus job opportunities via the Wayne State University Career Services Center.
Do I need to take the TOEFL? If I am Canadian, do I need to take the TOEFL?
All international students need to provide proof of English proficiency. Canadian students who completed a bachelor degree or higher from an institution in Canada (except Quebec) do not need to take the TOEFL.
If I have questions about my I20 or Visa/Immigration, who should I ask?
This question should be directed to the Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) at Wayne State; they will be able to answer all questions on I-20s, Visas, etc. Please email this question to firstname.lastname@example.org and include your Access ID in the email. OISS is also available via telephone at +1 (313) 577-3422.
Is Detroit safe?
Life as a student at Wayne State University in the heart of Detroit is a very safe experience. Wayne State University is committed to the safety and security of its campus community, and has their own police force active 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. As a result, WSU ranks as one of the safest campuses in the state of Michigan.
Do most graduate students live on campus?
Graduate students live in the WSU residence halls as well as near campus, located in midtown Detroit. Many students want a kitchen, which is not a feature in many residence hall locations. We encourage you to find and secure housing as soon as possible. For on-campus housing inquiries, you can contact Wayne State University Housing directly at email@example.com or by phone at (313) 577-2116. Some off-campus housing opportunities can be found as well.
How and when do I register for classes?
You may register for classes at anytime once you receive your access ID and password via the Internet. However, we suggest new students wait to register until they have attended the orientation session or met with an advisor in advance. New Student Orientation is only conducted once a year in August. All incoming Winter, Spring/Summer and Fall students with be invited to the Orientation. View this guide on how to register.
Do I need a high-end computer?
Most students arrive with a laptop or desktop computer. If you want to purchase a new computer, we recommend selecting a model which costs under $1,000.00. Our Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) allows us to host all of the processing of our resource intensive software from a computing cluster we've set up in C&IT's data center. This allows students to run the software without installing anything on their personal computer.
We recommend staying away from budget computers less than $500.00. Their physical quality seems to be lacking and does not hold up well to daily use in the classroom.