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Office of International Studies and Programs
Central Washington University
400 E. University Way
Ellensburg, WA 98926-7408
Phone: (509) 963-3612
Fax: (509) 963-1558
Email: intlprog@cwu.edu

Prepare for Graduate-Level Studies at Central Washington University

The Graduate Preparation English Program is a TOEFL/IELTS alternative offering conditional admission for students wishing to study at the graduate-level at Central Washington University, where there are over 30 graduate programs, scholarships available for matriculated international students. The preparation program is offered during CWU’s spring quarter (March-June) for students intending to begin graduate studies in the following fall quarter (September-December).

This program is designed for:

  • Students who qualify for admission to participating graduate programs at CWU, but lack the required language proficiency test scores (79 TOEFL iBT/6.5 IELTS for most CWU graduate programs)

or

  • Students already admitted to a CWU graduate program who wish to further develop their language and academic skills before beginning their studies

The Graduate Preparation English Program is a ten-week course of study that prepares students with the language and academic skills necessary for success as a graduate student. Students with conditional admission must receive a “B” (82%) or higher in their Graduate Preparation courses to be fully admitted to graduate studies.

The following CWU graduate degree programs accept completion of the Graduate Preparation course in place of TOEFL/IELTS scores:

The rigorous course of study includes 20 hours of classes per week:

  • Academic Listening and Speaking (5 hours)
  • Academic Reading and Vocabulary (5 hours)
  • Research Writing (5 hours)
  • Academic Classroom Culture (3 hours)
  • Academic Research (2 hours)

Admission requirements:

To enter the Graduate Preparation program, you should have:

  • Completed bachelor's degree with a 3.0 GPA
  • Proof of English proficiency:
    • TOEFL iBT score of at least 71 (sections no lower than: Reading 7, Listening 7, Speaking 15, Writing 17) or
    • IELTS 6.0 (each section no lower than 5.0)
      • Test scores must be no more than two years old at time of application
    • Applicants lacking the necessary TOEFL or IELTS scores may also enter by completing the UESL program’s level 5 prior to enrolling in Graduate Preparation.

Cost:

  • Tuition and fees for Spring 2019: $3,265.
  • $50 application fee 
  • Go here for more information about CWU fees and costs for insurance, books, and housing

Program Dates:

  • Application Deadline: February 1, 2019
  • Orientation: March 26, 2019
  • Classes: March 27-June 7, 2019
  • Fall quarter graduate programs begin mid-September, 2019

For more information about the Graduate Preparation English Program and how to apply, contact CWU UESL at +1-509-963-1376 or uesl@cwu.edu.

For more information about graduate studies at CWU, visit  www.cwu.edu/masters or write to masters@cwu.edu.

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