- Academic Criteria
- English Proficiency
- Financial Documentation
- Academic Transcripts
- Admission Deadlines
- How to Apply
- Application Requirements
- Admission Tests
- Frequently Asked Questions
You are considered a transfer applicant if you have attended another college or university and earned any number of credits. A 3.0 GPA or above (on a 4.0 scale) is required to be academically admissible. Computational Science degree requires a 3.25 GPA or above (on a 4.0 scale).
Official TOEFL scores should be sent directly to the School of Graduate Studies and Research from ETS (Educational Testing Services). You can register for the TOEFL or request to have scores sent by contacting the TOEFL website at www.toefl.org. Central Washington University's school code is #4044.
International students must meet one of the following English proficiency requirements:
- A score of 213 or above on the computer-based TOEFL
- A score of 79 or above on the Internet-based TOEFL.
- A score of 88 or above on the Internet-based TOEFL for English programs.
The Graduate School cannot accept photocopies or the "examinee copy," scores from the the Institutional TOEFL, or official scores that are more than two years old.
The minimum score for the IELTS is 6.5. Official IELTS scores should be sent directly to the School of Graduate Studies and Research from IELTS. Photocopies are not acceptable. Scores more than two years old cannot be used for Admissions. You can register for the IELTS or request to have scores sent by contacting the IELTS website. Central Washington University's school code is #4044.
Students who originate from one of the following countries are exempt from having to take the TOEFL or IELTS: Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom, and English-speaking provinces of Canada.
All students must provide adequate financial documentation before an admission decision can be made and an I-20 issued. Students must complete the Confidential Financial Statement (CFS), which is enclosed in the International Student Application packet. The CFS must be signed by the student and by the person who will be sponsoring the student financially. Along with the CFS, students must also submit a current bank statement. The bank statement should be in the name of the student's sponsor or the student, should be dated and no older than three months old by the time we receive it, and should be an original that is in English or translated into English. The bank statement should show that the account holder has at least the total cost for 1 academic year available. Please keep copies of your financial documentation for yourself, as you will need to present them to the U.S. Consulate when applying for your student visa.
Because educational systems around the world are different, academic transcripts will vary. Generally, we will need an original official transcript that shows a complete list of courses taken, grades received, and number of credits awarded. The transcript should also show date of graduation (if you completed your studies) and any certificates, diplomas, or degrees received. If you are currently attending a school, submit a transcript of work to date and request a final transcript to be sent when you complete your studies. A transcript is considered official when it comes directly from the issuing institute. If the transcript is not in English, then you will need to also submit a certified translation from the school who issued the transcript, the Ministry of Education, Consulate, or Embassy.
If you attended a foreign university you must have the transcripts evaluated by one of the two agencies listed below. Request that the agency perform a complete course-by-course evaluation and submit the completed evaluation to CWU with a copy (original or photocopy) of the transcript. If the original transcript is not written in English you must also include a certified English translation.
- Foundation for International Services (FIS) Inc (note: FIS provides a CWU-specific application and evaluation).
World Education Services (WES)
Chinese Applicants (Additional Information)
The official Chinese transcript must be given to the China Academic Degrees and Graduate Education Development Center (CDGDC) for the translation. Once the transcript has been translated the CDGDC will send documents to the school the student has requested it be sent to. Verification Reports sent directly to Central Washington University by one of the Ministry authorized verification offices include:
- Graduation Certificates
- Degree Certificates
- Academic Transcripts
If you plan to bring dependents (spouse or children) with you to the US, you must also submit a Dependent Form.
Fall Quarter -- February 1st
Winter Quarter -- October 1st
Spring Quarter -- January 1st
Summer Quarter -- April 1st
There are three ways in which you can apply to Central Washington University:
- Apply on-line. Submit your application electronically with the on-line application form. With this option, you will need to pay electronically with a credit card.
You will also need to print the Confidential Financial Statement which needs to be filled out and sent in the mail with an attached bank statement.
- Email the Graduate School at firstname.lastname@example.org to have the materials mailed to you. Please include your complete mailing address in your reuest.
- Download the application materials and send them to School of Graduate Studies and Research.
1. Application ($50.00 fee/can apply online: https://app.applyyourself.com/?id=cwugrad)
2. Statement of Educational and Professional Objectives. Write a statement, approximately 500 words, of educational and professional objectives outlining your career goals and detailing any additional information that will help the admissions committee understand your educational objectives and needs. The statement of educational and professional objectives is one of the most important deciding factors for entrance into graduate school. One resource that may help guide your organization of the statement is the Online Writing Lab at Purdue University.
Your statement should portray you as:
• Passionately interested in your field and/or how you will apply the knowledge to your future profession
• Well-prepared academically and personally able to take on the challenges of graduate school
• Able to have rapport with professors and fellow grad students - in other words, collegial
3. Three letters of recommendation (May be submitted online with your application by supplying contact information for your three recommenders. These recommenders will receive an automatic email notifying them of your request to complete a recommendation. If your recommender prefers to send a letter by mail, forms can be found here: Recommendation for Graduate Studies
4. Official transcripts from all universities attended accompanied by a transcript evaluation (information regarding the transcript evaluation can be found above.
5. 3.0 GPA or above on your last 90 quarter credits/60 semester credits (3.25 for Computational Science)
6. TOEFL test (79 IBT) or IELTS test (6.5 academic)- waived if received a bachelor’s degree from a US university or from a university where the main language of instruction is English.
7. Confidential Financial Statement accompanied by financial documentation (information about the Confidential Financial Statement can be found here: http://www.cwu.edu/sites/cts.cwu.edu.international-programs/files/documents/OISP/cfs_admit.pdf)
8. Writing Samples Writing samples are required for the following programs: English (7-10 pages); History (7-10 pages); Theatre Studies (5 pages preferably in your discipline); Law and Justice (minimum 2 pages from college course or work related); Exercise Science (please contact the department at 509-963-1911 to receive your topic for the required 2 page writing sample).
When applying online you must use a credit card to pay the $50 application fee. Your application will be denied indefinitely if you use a fraudulent credit card. Please ensure you use a valid credit card to pay your application fee.
Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
GRE scores, required by some departments, may be ordered from the Educational Testing Service (ETS) by calling (609) 771-7670 or visiting their web site at www.gre.org. ETS will forward the test scores directly to the Graduate School.
When preparing for the GRE, you will find some helpful resources, including examples of past test questions, and complete practice tests at the ETS site.
International Tuition and Fees
International students who have not been granted permanent US residency status and international students who have documented permanent US residency status, but are not residents of Washington State are assessed tuition at the nonresident rate. International students who have documented permanent US residency status and are also residents of Washington State will be assessed tuition at the resident rate. Please refer to the Office of the Registrar’s web page for current tuition and fee rates
What will it cost me to live and go to graduate school in Ellensburg, Washington?
The CWU Office of International Studies and Programs has researched the relevant data and breaks down the estimated cost for academic year 2016-2017 of full-time graduate student living expenses in Ellensburg as follows:
|Nonresident tuition and fees||$21,924||Add $2,000 for summer session|
|Housing and meals||10,175||Add $5,000 for each additional family member|
|Books and supplies||1,002|
|Health Care Insurance||968|
*Expenses confirmed as of August 25, 2016. All costs subject to change without notice. Mandatory health insurance is mandatory for all international students. Prices will vary based on plan and provider. Please contact the Office of International Studies and Programs for details.
What is the I-20 and when will I receive it?
The I-20 is a "Certificate of Eligibility" that is issued to International students who have been approved for admissions to Central Washington University. The I-20 is a document that students must have if they are intending to apply for a student (F-1) visa. ONLY STUDENTS WHO HAVE BEEN ADMITTED TO THE UNIVERSITY WILL BE ISSUED AN I-20. Students must also attend classes on a full-time basis to be eligible for the I-20. After you are admitted to the University, you will receive your I-20 and acceptance letter in the mail to the address you list on your application.
Who will my advisor be?
After you receive your acceptance letter and I-20, you will be sent a welcome packet of information from International Student Services. The packet will include important information about registration and orientation. Once you are on campus you can contact your major department to find out who your advisor will be.
Are there scholarships or financial aid available to International students?
Financial aid is not available to International students. There are limited scholarships available through International Student Services after the first year of study. Please contact them for more information.
How can I get a catalog?
You can view the latest catalog online.
What are some of CWU's largest majors?
Central Washington University has over 40 graduate programs to choose from. Some of our largest majors include Professional Accountancy, Mental Health Counseling, English Literature and English TESOL, Resource Management and Master Teacher. For more information about graduate programs offered at CWU please visit http://www.cwu.edu/masters.
When will I hear if I am accepted or not?
It usually takes two to three days to process your application materials. They are then forwarded to the major department for review and admission recommendation. The application review can take four to six weeks. Once an admissions decision is made, it can take up to four weeks to receive your acceptance letter and I-20 depending on what country the documents are being sent to (some take longer than others). For this reason, it is extremely important to get your application materials submitted as soon as possible before the quarter starts to allow plenty of time for the I-20 to reach you.
How do I apply for housing?
Around the time you receive your acceptance letter and I-20, you will also receive two booklets, one called "Room and Board Contract" and the other "Acceptance Information." The Acceptance Information booklet gives you detailed information about housing and dining options available to students. After you have reviewed the information and decided where you might want to live and what meal plan to have, you will then need to fill out the contract contained in the Room and Board Contract booklet and mail it to us with your housing deposit. For more information about housing, contact the Office of Residential Services.