Special Program Requirements

For the academic programs listed below, please follow the special requirements / recommendations stated.  


  • Bioethics
    • Applicants should submit a current curriculum vitae or resume. The Statement of Interest (found near the end of the application for admission) should be approximately 300-600 words describing how you expect the Master of Arts in Bioethics will relate to your current and/or future work and interests. This statement WILL REPLACE the general “Statement of Interest” requirement. The GRE is optional. Please visit the bioethics program website for details.
    • The GRE is not required for the BS/BS & MA in Bioethics program.
  • Biology
    • The General GRE is optional due to COVID-19 inequities for 2021-22 applicants.
  • Chemistry
    • The Subject and General GRE exams are waived for 2021 applicants.
  • Communication
    • The General GRE is optional for the Communication program. Please contact the department for more information.
  • Computer Science

    This program requests that applicants include a separate 1-2 page essay addressing the following questions. This essay WILL REPLACE the general “Statement of Interest” requirement.

    • What research experience have you had?
    • How did you benefit from those experiences?
    • What do you view as the role of computer science research experience in your future goals?

    For more information about current faculty research efforts in the Computer Science department, visit the Computer Science Department webpage
    http://www.cs.wfu.edu/.

    The General GRE is optional due to COVID-19 inequities for 2021-22 applicants.

     

  • Liberal Arts Studies
    • GRE scores may be submitted but are not required.
    • Please focus the personal statement on your goals for study in this degree program.
    • Writing sample of 5-10 pp — academic paper, editorial or opinion piece, proposal for your workplace organization, or other options.
    • At least two of the three letters of recommendation must be from professors who can write in detail about the applicant’s academic abilities.
    • Interview with Program Director (in person, by phone or online meeting app).
  • Mathematics and Statistics
    • The GRE will be optional for Spring and Fall 2021.
  • Physics
    • For the Physics MS program: General GRE and Subject GRE are optional.
    • For the Physics PhD program: The General GRE is required and the Subject GRE is recommended.
    • Applicants may request a GRE waiver if they have completed a master’s degree, or a competency assessment that is similar to the GRE. Please contact the Program Director.
  • Counseling
    • The General GRE is required in the Counseling MA program. Applicants may request a waiver if they have completed a master’s degree in another discipline.
  • Documentary Film
    • Personal Interview – Based on the material contained in his or her application, an applicant may be invited by the department for an interview either in person or via skype.
    • GRE scores may be submitted but are not required.
  • Education
    • GRE scores may be submitted but are not required.
  • English
    • This program requests a writing sample of approximately ten pages in length. This writing sample is IN ADDITION to the “Statement of Interest” and should be attached to the on-line application.
    • The GRE is not required in the English MA program (General and Subject).
  • Health and Exercise Science
    • This program requests a one page resume and a one page statement outlining the applicant’s interest in exercise science, reasons for applying to the program, and a description of your future goals. This statement WILL REPLACE the general “Statement of Interest” requirement.
    • Although not a requirement for admission, the department highly recommends that applicants schedule an interview with the HES Graduate Program Director in December, January, or February.
    • The General GRE is required for the Health and Exercise Science MS program.
  • Interpreting and Translation Studies
    • Interpreting and Translation Track:
      Applicants to either the MA or the Certificate Programs who do not have a college or high school degree from another country are required to take an language aptitude assessment in their non-native language. To take the online test in Spanish, please contact Dr. Luis González at gonzall@wfu.edu. For individual assessment in other languages, contact Dr. Olgierda Furmanek at furmano@wfu.edu.
    • Teaching of Interpreting Track:
      Proven interpreting experience is required for both the MA and the Certificate programs.
    • The General GRE is optional for the Interpreting and Translation Studies programs. The Admissions Committee reserves the right to request the GRE score when it deems it is warranted.
  • Psychology
    • Although not a requirement, the department highly recommends that applicants take the Subject GRE test in addition to the required General GRE test.
    • Applicants should also submit a statement to the Graduate School along with application materials addressing the following. This statement WILL REPLACE the general “Personal Statement” requirement.
      • What research experiences have you had and how have they benefited you?
      • How do your research interests fit with those of the faculty in the psychology department? Please list your interests (see the department’s web site at
        http://college.wfu.edu/psychology/graduate-program/ for further information about the departmental faculty and their research interests).
      • What are your future career goals
    • The General GRE is optional for the Psychology MA program in Fall 2021.
  • Religious Studies
    • Applicants to the Department of Religion are required to submit an 8-12 page writing sample (short paper, review, etc.) IN ADDITION to the “Statement of Interest”. These materials should be attached to the on-line application.
    • The General GRE is optional. Please contact the Religious Studies Department for more information.
  • Sustainability

    This program requests that applicants include a separate essay addressing the following questions. This essay WILL REPLACE the general “Personal Statement” requirement.

      • Describe how the Master of Arts in Sustainability will help you achieve your career goals.
      • Address where you see yourself working and what you will be doing in ten years and how this program can help you accomplish your goals.
      • Also upon completion of the program, what criteria would you use to judge whether the program was a success?

    The General GRE is optional. Please contact the Sustainability Office for additional information.