How to Apply
Read here for answers to Frequently Asked Questions
The priority deadline for application materials is January 10 for Fall term applications. We hold an annual recruitment retreat late February or early March to bring top applicants to WSU for a visit.
The priority deadline for Spring term applications is July 1.
Applications are accepted year-round, however applications are most competitive when the priority deadlines are met.
The following materials are required to complete your application to the Crop Science and Soil Science graduate programs and all materials should be received by the deadlines mentioned above for priority consideration – including GRE and TOEFL.
- WSU Graduate School Application (http://gradschool.wsu.edu/FutureStudents/Apply.html). This is an electronic application that requires a $75.00 application fee. It cannot be waived or deferred. Please follow the instructions at this website very closely.
- Statement of Professional Goals: This document can be uploaded to the online application form. Please address such issues as interests, anticipated thesis research or areas of research interest, career objectives, experiences in research and teaching, and financial ability.
- GRE scores–Soil Science applicants: The GRE is required for Soil Science applicants.
GRE scores – Crop Science applicants: The GRE score is strongly encouraged for Crop Science applicants.Subject tests are not required, nor do we have a minimum score requirement. However, the scores are used together with your other application materials to aid in overall evaluation and are used as a basis for assistantship and scholarship funding. The GRE is also a requirement for ARCS Fellowship consideration (ARCS is for US citizens only). Arrange for ETS to send your scores electronically to the Graduate School (WSU Institutional Code 4705, department code 0). Additionally, it is very helpful if you provide copies with your electronic application materials or email them to Lisa Lujan email@example.com, Academic Coordinator. GRE website
- Official TOEFL, IELTS, or MELAB scores (international students only): Check English proficiency requirements for specific test score requirements.Arrange for ETS to send your secores electronically to the Graduate School (WSU Institutional Code 4705, department code 0). Additionally, it is very helpful if you provide copies with your electronic application materials or email them to Lisa Lujan firstname.lastname@example.org, Academic Coordinator. TOEFL website | IELTS website | MELAB website
- Three letters of recommendation: Please have the e-mail addresses of your recommenders ready when you fill out the online Graduate School application. Each recommender will be contacted directly through e-mail and their letters will be sent directly to the Graduate School. On rare occasions, there may be a problem with this method, in which case the recommender may email the letter directly to the Academic Coordinator listed below.
- Official Transcripts: From institutions in US or Canada: Official transcripts are those mailed directly from the registrar of the institution attended; transcripts that are not mailed directly from the registrar are not acceptable. The 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 Graduate School regarding electronic transcripts: Grad.Sch.Transcript@wsu.eduFrom institutions outside the US or Canada: Applicants who attended school outside the United States or Canada must submit transcripts, mark sheets, grade reports, or examination results, along with degree certificates from all higher education institutions attended outside the United States or Canada. When sending official transcripts from schools located in non-English-speaking countries, have each institution submit both the English translation plus an original language record.
WSU Graduate School
For express mail:
WSU Graduate School
French Administration, Room 324
Washington State University
Pullman, WA 99164-1030
Review and Acceptance
Applications are reviewed as they are received.
In addition to meeting the Graduate School’s admission criteria, acceptance into the Crop Science and Soil Science graduate programs depends not only on qualifications (background, academic success, GRE scores, letter of interest) but also on the availability of funding and an advisor in the applicant’s area of interest.
The department is responsible for making admission recommendations to the Graduate School. Although the department may send unofficial notice of acceptance, the Graduate School is responsible for final admission and issuance of the official admission certificate.