How to Apply

Read here for answers to Frequently Asked Questions.

Priority Deadlines

The priority deadline for Fall term applications is January 10 (portal remains open until March 1).

The priority deadline for Spring term applications is July 1 (portal remains open until October 1).

Applications are most competitive when the priority deadlines are met.

Application Materials

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 English proficiency score (i.e. TOEFL).

  1. WSU Graduate School Application.  This is an electronic application that requires a $75.00 application fee. It cannot be waived.
  2. 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.
  3. Resume/CV.
  4. GRE (optional, but encouraged) ETS code 4705.
  5. English proficiency scores are required for international students.  TOEFL,  TOEFL Essentials, IELTS, and Duolingo are accepted.  Minimum score requirements and exceptions to the requirement are provided at this link on the WSU Graduate School’s website.   Arrange for your scores to be submitted directly from testing agency to the WSU Graduate School, Institutional Code 4705, department code 0.  Applications are considered incomplete until the scores are received as they are part of our evaluation.
  6. Three letters of recommendation: Once you choose your three recommenders, be sure to inform them that they will be completing the recommendation electronically and ask that they monitor their inbox for your recommendation request (which will come from, including any junk or spam folders.
  7. Copies of transcripts are required for the application review process. A copy of unofficial transcripts for every college and university that the applicant attended is acceptable for the application review process; for international students – this must also include mark sheets, grade reports, or examination results along with degree certificates in both native language and its English translations. Applicants may upload these documents via the online application.
    Official transcripts are required for all applicants who have received final notice of admission from the Graduate School. These official documents must be received within your first semester at WSU. For international students – this includes offical transcripts, mark sheets, grade reports, or examinational results along with degree certificates in both native language and its English translations. Specific details for completing this task are provided here for domestic and international students.

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.