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.

  1. WSU Graduate School Application. This is an electronic application that requires a $90.00 application fee. The department does not offer application fee waivers.
  2. Statement of Professional Goals: 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. Language Requirements for international students.  Please refer to the detailed information on the Graduate School site.  Applicants who are required to submit exam scores will be held incomplete until those are received.
  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.
  1. Submit unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.  If the transcripts are not in English, an unofficial copy of the transcript in the applicant’s native language, along with its English translation, is acceptable. These transcripts should be uploaded through the online application. It is important to note that once the transcripts are submitted, they become part of the official Graduate School application file and cannot be returned or transferred. Foreign Credential and Transcript Evaluation is not required.  

    Applicants who attend school outside the United States or Canada should also include copies of mark sheets, grade reports, or examination results, along with degree certificates from all higher education institutions attended outside the United States or Canada—including English translations. 

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, optional GRE scores, statement of professional goals) 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.