Graduate School

The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go. - Dr. Seuss

Are you considering graduate school upon completion of your WGU degree? For many professions, graduate school is required or strongly preferred. Graduate school can be a way to build your credentials or earn more money. Or perhaps you are a life-long learner and want to continue your education by earning a master’s or doctorate degree. Regardless of your motivation for attending graduate school, you will want to start planning so that you have a strong application and meet all deadlines. The process, application materials, and deadlines for graduate programs vary, so be sure to check the website of the university and department you are interested in for specific deadlines and requirements.
How do I order an official transcript?
Transcripts may be ordered in the following ways: 
  1. ONLINE at the www.studentclearinghouse.org, using a credit card. Online delivery options range from next day express service to mail within five business days.
  2. MAIL, by sending a handwritten or typed request to the Student Records Office.
  • The handwritten or typed request must include your name and other names used while in attendance at WGU, the last year attended or graduated, social security number, current mailing address, email, and phone number (so you can be contacted if there are any problems in processing the request).
  • The request must be signed.
  • Include the name and address of the recipient if the transcript is to be mailed to someone other than you.
  • Make checks or money orders payable to Western Governors University in the amount of US $5.00 
Mailed transcript requests should be sent along with payment to: 
Western Governors University 
4001 South 700 East, Suite 700
Salt Lake City, UT 84107 
Requests received by mail are processed at our lowest priority in the order they are received.
Note: Official transcripts will not be released to anyone whose financial obligations have not been met. 
Note: WGU does not provide unofficial transcripts.
I’m applying to another university for a graduate or terminal degree program. What should I expect? Will they accept my WGU education?
Please note that each university has its own process and admission requirements for graduate school or terminal degree program. Candidates for graduate school are examined in different areas including the strength of their application/essay, letters of recommendation, and graduate school test scores. Additionally, some schools require applicants to have experience in the field, or to have a particular GRE score or GMAT score, while others require a combination of both. Generally, most schools require that a student have graduated from an accredited program. Since WGU is regionally and NCATE accredited, the university satisfies the requirement of an accredited program. Our WGU graduates have been accepted into graduate school programs by many traditional universities.

Graduate School Resources

Graduate Admissions Exams

Many graduate schools require admissions tests (e.g., GRE, GMAT, LSAT). Visit the website for the university and graduate program you are interested in to find out more. Be aware that there are often deadlines for taking these exams. 

Graduate Schools and Degrees

Paying for Graduate School

As you consider graduate programs, you will also want to think about how you are going to fund your graduate education. Fellowships, research and teaching assistantships, and other forms of grants, scholarships, and financial aid are often available. To find out what types of funding are available, see the website of the university and graduate program you are interested in. Be aware that there are often additional application materials and deadlines required for fellowships and assistantships. 
  • students.gov - Helpful information on scholarships, fellowships, and financial aid
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