School of Food Science

WSU Graduate Student Application Process

To make application to WSU and Food Science

Apply to WSU Graduate School using the electronic application.

Follow ALL directions and supply ALL the following documentation:

  • Official transcripts from all schools attended to WSU Graduate School.
  • Cumulative grade point average must meet Grad School minimum of 3.0 – NO exceptions.
  • Statement of purpose stating specific degree area, future academic goals and/or research interests.
    Please indicate which faculty member or area you want to work with.
  • Resume
  • GRE score (General Test) – only a departmental requirement, so we do not list a minimum score requirement.
  • Names and addresses of three references (one from advisor) to submit using the new online system
  • If applying for an assistantship, mark the appropriate box on the online application.

additional information for International Students:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
    The minimum scores are 550 (paper test), 213 (computer test) and 80 (for Internet test). A TOEFL is not required if you have received a degree from an English speaking school within two years of your intended enrollment at WSU. Applicants from the following countries are exempt from this requirement: Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Botswana, Canada, Guyana, Jamaica, Kenya, New Zealand, Nigeria, Republic of Ireland, Trinidad, United Kingdom, and Tobago.
  • Send your scores from ETS to WSU: university code is 4705 and departmental code for Food Science is 0107.

International Programs is a great resource to help you through this process.

The application and materials will be copied from the Graduate School to begin processing your application for evaluation at the School of Food Science. All materials must be complete before your application will be reviewed.

Departmental review of your application includes the following two stages prior to notification of admission status:

  • Graduate Affairs Committee Review (GAC)
  • Faculty Review

When your application is complete, your file will be circulated to the GAC for review. If you meet the minimum admission standards, your application will proceed to the faculty, where they review your research interests and academic goals in hopes of finding potential students. Since it is necessary to find at least one faculty member willing to serve as your graduate advisor, we highly encourage you to contact any faculty of interest to discuss your research interests.

After these two reviews, the School of Food Science will notify the Graduate School of our recommendation on your application. You will receive notification of your admission status from both the School and the Graduate School, the latter being the official admission notice.

(last reviewed 08-30-12)

The policies and procedures found on this website have been established as a guide to prospective students and advisors. This information is intended to be a supplement to the Graduate School Policies and Procedures established by the Graduate School at Washington State University. Faculty and prospective students should be familiar with both documents.
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