Admissions: Application Fee, Waivers, & Deadlines

Note: There will be a new application fee of $80 for the Bowman Gray Campus programs beginning in Fall 2018.

Submit ALL application material by the appropriate application deadline. Refer to the individual Academic Program website for program campus location.  All applicants are encouraged to submit their applications as early as possible in order to allow the maximum amount of time for the review process.

Summer 2018

The following program on the Bowman Gray Campus begins in the summer semester:

Jan. 15 MS – Biomedical Science / Pre-medical Postbaccalaureate Specialization (BMSC/PB) ONLY

Fall 2018

The following programs on the Bowman Gray Campus begin in the fall semester:

Dec. 6 Deadline for consideration of admission with a fully funded Graduate Fellowship:

  • Molecular and Cellular Biosciences Track (PhD)
  • Integrative Physiology and Pharmacology (PhD)
  • Neuroscience (PhD)
Jan. 1 Biomedical Engineering (PhD and MS)
(joint program with Virginia Tech)
Jan. 15 PhD Deadline with no guarantee of funding
March 1 Neuroscience Minor (5 year BA/S-MS program for WFU students only)

June 1

MS – Biomedical Informatics
MS – Biomedical Sciences (MCB, IPP, NEUR)
MS – Clinical and Population Translational Sciences
MS – Health Disparities in Neuroscience-related Disorders

Spring 2019

The following programs on the Bowman Gray Campus begin in the spring semester:

Oct. 1 MS – Biomedical Science / Pre-medical Postbaccalaureate Specialization (BMSC/PB) ONLY

Applicants to the biomedical sciences PhD programs are strongly encouraged to complete their applications by mid December for full consideration for invitations to the PhD recruitment weekend in February.

Early submission is also strongly encouraged for applicants to master programs to be given full consideration for financial aid.

Late applications will be considered while openings remain after receiving approval from the program director.

Note: There will be a new application fee of $80 for the Reynolda Campus programs beginning in Fall 2018.

Submit ALL application material by the appropriate application deadline. Refer to the individual Academic Program website for program campus location.  All applicants are encouraged to submit their applications as early as possible in order to allow the maximum amount of time for the review process.

Spring 2018

The following programs on the Reynolda Campus offer spring admission with an application deadline of October 15th for international students and November 1st for domestic students.

  • Bioethics
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Counseling (on-line programs only)
  • Interpreting and Translation Studies Certificate Programs
  • Liberal Studies
  • Mathematics and Statistics
  • Physics
  • Sustainability (MA and Certificate Programs)

Summer 2018

The following programs on the Reynolda Campus offer programs beginning in the summer semester:

January 15 Education
March 1 Counseling (online programs only)
April 15 Liberal Studies (part time admission)

Fall 2018

The deadline to submit a complete application for the following programs is January 15th.  Most programs will continue to consider applications until all slots have been filled.

January 15th:    

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Counseling (On Campus)
  • Education
  • English
  • Health and Exercise Science
  • Mathematics and Statistics
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Religion

The following programs have rolling admissions or extended application deadlines while openings remain.  Please access the individual program websites for additional information.

  • Bioethics
  • Communication
  • Counseling (Online Programs Only)
  • Documentary Film
  • Interpreting and Translation Studies
  • Liberal Studies
  • Sustainability

There is a $80 application fee which is payable by credit card (VISA, MasterCard and American Express). Payment of the application fee is required in order to submit an application and is required with each application for admission you submit. Payment instructions are located at the end of the application process.

Application fees are non-refundable and non-transferrable. No fees will be refunded unless the program is cancelled.

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WFU Tuition Concession

If you or your spouse are employed by WFU, please click on the appropriate campus link below for information regarding a possible concession:

Please notify the Graduate School at the time of application if you qualify for the tuition concession benefit.

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Based on Program Participation

If you have participated in one of the programs below within the last two years, you are eligible for an application fee waiver. The application fee waiver selection is located in the payment section of the online application.

NOTE: If you elect to request an application fee waiver during the submission process, you will be unable to re-enter your application to make a credit card payment at a later date.

Contact your director/coordinator to request a letter verifying your participation in the program and the dates of your participation. The letter may be sent via email or hard copy from the authorizing official to the appropriate Graduate School Office based on the master program or PhD Track to which you are making application.

Based on Financial Need

We also offer waivers to applicants currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree program if they are able to demonstrate significant financial need (recipient of Federal Pell Grant, or NC Education Lottery Scholarship). You may contact your financial aid officer or the university registrar to request a letter verifying your financial need, or a copy of your financial award letter.

The letter may be sent via email or hard copy from the authorizing official to the appropriate Graduate School Office based on the master program or PhD Track to which you are making application.