Admission to the Graduate School

1. Using Google Chrome, submit an Application for Graduate Admission at the appropriate website:

2. Pay the $40 domestic application fee or $50 international application fee.

3. Provide the Graduate School with an official Bachelor's degree transcript from an accredited college or university, and an official transcript or transcripts of all college credit earned prior to this application. The bachelor's transcript must include a minimum of 60 hours of graded credit and a grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 on the last 60 hours of undergraduate credit. Official transcripts are transcripts sent directly from the college or university Registrar to the Graduate School at Fort Hays State University. Transcripts mailed or brought in by the applicant are not official and, therefore, are not acceptable. The Graduate School will obtain the undergraduate transcript for FHSU students.

Non-degree students must provide a copy of a bachelor's or master's degree transcript from an accredited institution. Applicnts who have earned graduate degree from other institutions must provide an official bachelor's degree transcript only.

For international applicants from higher education systems that indicate degrees only through diplomas or degree certificates, a certified copy of the diploma/degree certificate and all mark sheets must be provided. For institutions outside the United States, A World Education Service (WES) International Course-by-Course Transcript Evaluation is required for translation.

4. Provide entrance examination scores as required by individual departments.

5. Provide letters of recommendation. Letters of recommendation must be submitted on letterhead or the Graduate School recommendation form with an original signature. Alternatively, you may invite references to complete an electronic recommendation when submitting your application.

6. Provide any other documents required by specific departments, such as a personal statement or vita, Background Check Release, Writing Sample, or Digital Art Slides.

7. International students must provide evidence of their ability to speak English. Such evidence may be in the form of examinations given by recognized examining boards or in another form approved by the Graduate Dean. (For the specific statement on the language requirement, see International Students Checklist).

For international applicants, the following deadlines will apply. You must be accepted to the program of study and have required immigration documentation on file with the International Student Services Offices prior to the deadline.

  • October 1st for Spring Semester Start
  • June 1st for Fall Semester Start
  • Summer Starts Not Permitted

International students must provide the following immigration documents:

NOTE: All application materials become the property of the Graduate School; they may not be copied or returned to the student.


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