FAQ’s regarding applications to graduate programs

All applicants must apply online to the Graduate School by January 10 for fall semester. International students should note the additional WSU Graduate School Application Requirements.

Q. Where do I start?

A. WSU Vancouver is focused on research and scientific exploration, and nestled in the heart of the Pacific Northwest. WSU offers the following graduate degrees on the Vancouver campus:

The first step in the application process is to make contact with a faculty member working on the Vancouver campus to discuss your research goals. Because graduate students work closely with faculty in pursuing their research, you must line up a mentor before applying.

You can view the current Vancouver faculty and their research labs at the faculty research page.

Q. After making contact with a WSU Vancouver faculty member, what’s the next step?

A. Once you have made contact with a faculty mentor, and are ready to apply, the first step is to send an email to Cheryl Schultz, program leader, schultzc@wsu.edu, listing your name, contact information, the program you will be applying to, and the faculty mentor you would like to work with. This initial contact will speed up the process for preparing your application to be reviewed by the WSU Vancouver graduate application review committee.

Q. How do I apply to the Vancouver WSU campus when I don’t see the option for this campus on the WSU graduate school application?

A. The M.S. in environmental science is the only degree that allows you to select the Vancouver campus on the WSU Graduate School application. For other natural science degree which students can complete in Vancouver, select WSU Pullman in the online application and list the name of the faculty member(s) you would like to work with on the application itself..

Q. What should I do after submitting my WSU graduate school application?

A. You can speed up the process of creating your application by sending a copy of all application materials to Cheryl Schultz, program leader, schultzc@wsu.edu at the Vancouver campus.

Here is a list of all materials needed:

  • A PDF copy of your WSU graduate school application
  • Your WSU ID #
  • PDF copies of your transcripts and GRE’s/TOEFL scores
    (Note: The graduate school will accept unofficial copies of your transcripts, GRE/TOEFL scores during the application process. However, an official version will need to be on file with the Graduate School prior to the start of term for any applicants accepted into the program.)
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Supplemental Form (if applicable)
  • Current CV/Resume (if you have one available)

If possible, request that your three references submit a copy of their letters of recommendation to Cheryl Schultz, program leader, schultzc@wsu.edu in addition to submitting them online.

Q. Do I need to fill out a Supplemental Form? Where do I find it?

A. A Supplemental Form is required for any applicant applying to the following degree programs:

Once you have filled out the appropriate form, please mail or email directly to Cheryl Schultz, program leader, schultzc@wsu.edu.

Q. How do I submit my official transcripts, GRE/GMAT/TOEFL scores to the WSU Graduate School?

A. The WSU Graduate School will accept electronic transcripts from U.S. institutions via the official electronic transcript process of the registrar’s office of the institution. In such cases, the applicant should provide the registrar with the following email address for corresponding with the WSU Graduate School regarding electronic transcripts: grad.sch.transcript@wsu.edu.

Official GRE/GMAT/TOEFL (for international students) scores and dates can be sent to: Institutional Code 4705.

When using a shipping service such as FedEx, UPS, or DHL, official copies must be sent to the WSU Graduate School’s physical address:

Graduate School Admissions
Stadium Way
French Administration, Room 324
Washington State University
Pullman, WA 99164-1030


For more information, contact Cheryl Schultz, program leader, schultzc@wsu.edu. You can also contact the WSU Graduate School.