Graduate admissions

Wayne State University -- Michigan's only urban research university -- is known for academic and research excellence, success across a diverse student body, and meaningful engagement in its urban community. Its mission is to create and advance knowledge, prepare a diverse student body to thrive, and positively impact local and global communities. 

The College of Engineering supports that mission through education, innovation and collaboration. We offer graduate students more than 30 graduate certificate, master's degree and doctoral programs within eight departments and two programs. And our students learn from and collaborate with nationally renowned faculty experts and industry leaders, helping to improve quality of life in Detroit and all around the world. 

Admission to Wayne State University is contingent upon admission to the Graduate School. Applicants must have earned a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75. Please note that some departments and programs may require a higher GPA. Please visit the program webpage for specific graduate admission requirements:

Opportunities to study at the PhD level are limited and vary by department. Applicants interested in a PhD program should review the PhD admission requirements provided on the degree program webpage. Some departments may require that you have a confirmed faculty advisor prior to applying to the PhD program.

All applicants must pay a $50 application fee. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the application fee is currently waived for the Fall 2021 semester.

Admission requirements

​International students

In 2016, the college enrolled more than 100 international undergraduate students and more than 1,100 international graduate students from 37 countries -- all of whom can seek educational, cultural and social support and assistance from the university's Office of International Students and Scholars as well as language assistance from the English Language Institute, the only intensive English language program in the metropolitan Detroit area.

Applicants who have earned a degree from a country where English is not the native language must demonstrate English proficiency via a qualified examination. Applicants must earn a minimum score of 79 from the internet-based TOEFL (iBT) or 550 from a paper-based TOEFL (pBT), an IELTS score of 6.5, or an overall Duolingo score of 125.

All international applicants are required to submit a qualifying TOEFL or IELTS score as well as a WES Evaluation.

International applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a course-by-course transcript evaluation at the time they apply. However, the application review and admission decision process can be completed using a copy of the applicant's unofficial transcript. If offered admission to the University, you will be required to submit an official course-by-course transcript evaluation. Accepted evaluation services include WES, ECE or SpanTran. Note that the official transcript evaluation must be transmitted directly from the evaluating agency to the WSU Office of Graduate Admissions. The transcript evaluation will serve as your official transcript.

COVID-19: Please read information Graduate School updates related to Admissions and English Proficiency (note the Duolingo English test link) as well as our COVID-19 FAQs.


Check out our graduate admissions FAQs or reach out to one of our graduate program coordinators.  Or, send an email to