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Graduate Education

Steps to Admission

Graduate Admissions Process Overview

Admission to graduate programs at the University of Wyoming is competitive. Each program has its own admission requirements, application processes and deadlines. As such, you MUST contact your graduate program directly to inquire about their specific requirements and processes. Some programs admit new graduate students to start in the Fall semester only.
Regardless of the process your graduate program follows, admission decisions will be made by your respective graduate program and your eligibility for enrollment will be verified by the UW Admissions Office, including the receipt of all needed official transcripts and documents.
Students not admitted, or not wishing to pursue immediate admission to a graduate program may choose to pursue graduate coursework as a "non-degree seeking" graduate student. Check with Admissions to learn more about the limitations of this option.

International Student Applicants: 

International graduate student applicants may submit Duolingo English proficiency exam results in lieu of TOEFL or IELTS results. The School of Graduate Education will accept the Duolingo English proficiency exam in place of TOEFL and IELTS until further notice.

For more informaion about English proficiency alternatives for graduate students please click here.

Consult your academic program for application procedures prior to completing the formal application for admission to UW.


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Please note:

All international students who will serve in a graduate assistant teaching capacity at UW must successfully complete the English Oral Proficiency Exam (OPIc). Departments cannot waive this exam. Failure to pass the exam may result in the cancellation of the assistantship. Students applying to graduate programs at UW may enroll in an online test prior to coming to campus.  Students completing the online exam prior to arriving on campus should submit the results along with other application materials.

Departments may require students on assistantships to pass the exam even if the student will not be teaching. International students who have obtained an advanced degree at an English language university and who have already successfully served as a teaching assistant are exempted. International students should consult with their department to learn whether teaching is a requirement of their graduate assistantship.

Once You Are Admitted...

Once notified of admission to a graduate program, students are asked to pursue some key "next steps."


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