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International Master’s Program

Skip the waiting lines AND the GRE! Apply for the International Master’s program and be guaranteed admission into the program if you earn Bs or higher in your courses.

About the program

Our International Master’s program (IM) helps you earn your master’s degree with added support for essential English language and academic skills needed for graduate study. Admission through the IM program does not require a GRE test score. During your IM program, earn grades of B or higher and join your master’s program. You’ll take all the credits you earned in IM with you toward your master’s degree at WSU.

Through IM, you can expect:

  • Pre-enrollment in classes before arrival
  • Face-to-face instruction on the WSU Pullman campus in small graduate classes that count toward your degree
  • English language support designed just for graduate study to help you write effectively, cite sources, and speak with confidence
  • Personalized academic, social, and cultural advising and support
  • An assigned peer mentor to help you make friends, build community, and adjust to being a graduate student at WSU

Read our International Master’s Program flyer! (pdf)

Dates

Some graduate degree options allow you to start the IM program in either fall or spring semester; some offer just a fall semester start date.

Spring 2024 | Jan. 8-May 3*

Fall 2024 | Aug. 19-Dec. 13**

*Spring break March 11-15
**Thanksgiving break Nov. 25-29

Program information

Admission requirements

Students wanting to enroll through the IM program need:

Program placement

Whether you complete 1 or 2 semesters of the IM program depends on your grade point average (GPA) and English proficiency scores.

Tests: Cambridge; CSAT: College Scholastic Ability Test; Duolingo; Eiken; Gaokao; IELA: International English Language Test Assessment; IELTS: International English Language Testing System; ITEP: International Test of English Proficiency; MET: Michigan English Test; Oxford ELLT: English Language Level Test; Password; PTEA: Pearson Test of English Academic; TOEFL Essentials: Test of English as a Foreign Language; TOEFL iBT: Internet-based Test

IMP Levels, 2024: 1 Semester International Master's Program2-Semester International Master's Program1 Semester, then Enter the International Master's Program2 Eight-Week Sessions*
Cambridge C1 AdvancedB2 FirstB2 FirstB1 Primary
Duolingo105958575
IELA176169162154
IELTS6.565.55
ITEP43.42.92.4
MET64635243
Oxford ELLT7654
PasswordLevel 6.5Level 6Level 5Level 4
PTEA53474441-43
TOEFL Essentials87.54.53.5
TOEFL iBT75706050

*2 eight-week sessions if going to a bridge program (International Master’s) or 3 eight-week sessions if going to a direct entry graduate program. Longer study plans are available, email ialc@wsu.edu for details.

Please have Duolingo, TOEFL, and IELTS scores sent directly from the testing agency.

Duolingo

For Duolingo tests, you will have to select Washington State University as your school of choice. Please read the rules and follow them CAREFULLY.

  1. Log in to englishtest.duolingo.com with the email address you used to take the test.
  2. Scroll down to your certified test results and click the “SEND RESULTS” button at the top next to “print results.”
  3. Select university for what you are applying to.
  4. Start typing Washington State University and select your choices using the checkbox. Be sure to select the correct program for your level (Undergraduate or Graduate).
  5. If you have an applicant ID, do not forget to add it!
  6. Press “Send.”

How-to Video

TOEFL

Your test fee includes up to 4 free official TOEFL score reports to be sent to the institutions, agencies, or other recipients that you select before you take the test. You can add or delete recipients through your ETS account until 10 p.m. (local test center time) on the day before your test.

  1. Log in to your TOEFL iBT account
  2. On the home page, select “Order Score Reports.” (You will need to register for a test date before you can do this step.)
  3. For Product Type, click “TOEFL Services” then click “Continue.”
  4. Select the test date you want to send the scores of and click “Continue.”
  5. Search for Washington State University and select it. Use the school code 4705.

IELTS

If you took your IELTS exam in a test center, you could request to send IELTS results to up to 5 organizations. We would prefer that you send the results to us electronically. Make this request with your test center.

Online test takers can send their results to as many institutions as they need.

Here is the information you will need for the request:

Name of department: International Undergraduate Admissions

Name of Institution: Washington State University

Email: international@wsu.edu

Address:

Office of International Programs International Undergraduate
PO Box 645115
Pullman, WA 99164-5115
USA

Program courses

For every semester of IM, you will take supportive English courses through the Intensive American Language Center (IALC) and 6 credits at the 500 level toward your graduate degree. IALC courses do not count toward your degree. Here is a sample study IM plan:

2-Semester IM Track

Semester 1
CourseCredits
IALC 604Research and Critical Analysis I6
IALC 605Research and Critical Analysis – Directed Study6
CPT_S 516Algorithmics3
CPT_S 5__Selected 500-level Computer Science courses3
Semester 2
CourseCredits
IALC 704Research and Critical Analysis II6
IALC 705Research and Critical Analysis – Directed Study6
CPT_S 553Graph Theory3
CPT_S 5__Selected 500-level Computer Science courses3

Costs

Please select the year, campus, and career path based on your current/future information at WSU’s Estimated Cost of Attendance page.

Receive your I-20

Use the I-20 to schedule your visa interview at a U.S. Embassy. Make sure to pay the SEVIS I-901 fee before your appointment.  

Prepare for your interview using these 10 tips for a successful interview. Please inform your International New Student Coordinator about the outcome of your visa appointment.

Get complete information on U.S. visa regulations and processes.

International Master’s program students

Do you have questions about your International Master’s program I-20? Please note that our International Master’s program is a bridge program, also known as a pathway program, and requires a pathway I-20. Watch this video.

Transfer students

International students transferring to WSU from another school within the United States should follow these steps to get their WSU I-20.

Degree options

We invite you to explore IM program details and additional requirements for some graduate degrees per WSU campus locations (Pullman, Tri-Cities, or Vancouver):

Offered at WSU Pullman only (all non-thesis)

IM Program Length1 or 2 semesters
Semester StartFall or spring
Additional RequirementsStudents without a related undergraduate degree are welcome to apply but may have to take 1 to 3 related courses after the IM program. This will not impact time to completion.

WSU offers a dynamic Master of Science Program in Apparel, Merchandising, Design, and Textiles (AMDT) with research and project opportunities in the following areas:

  • Apparel Product Development
  • Textile Product Development
  • Consumer Studies
  • Creative Scholarship and Design
  • International Trade
  • Marketing
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Electronic Commerce

IM Program Length1 or 2 semesters
Semester StartFall or spring
Additional RequirementsUndergraduate Calculus, Linear Algebra, Statistics, Econometrics, and Intermediate Macroeconomics courses (or equivalents) with passing grades

The M.S. in Applied Economics program provides strong foundations in economic theory, quantitative methods, applications, communication skills, and research analysis. Students can focus their studies in general economics, agribusiness, or agricultural and resource economics by carefully selecting supporting and elective courses. Students can earn an M.S. in Applied Economics to specifically prepare for positions in private corporations and government service as management specialists, policy analysts, forecasters or economic consultants. Two options are offered in the degree: thesis and non-thesis. This degree can be completed by well-prepared students in 2 years or less.

IM Program Length1 or 2 semesters
Semester StartFall only
Additional RequirementsRelevant degrees not in Chemical Engineering or Applied Chemistry may be considered based on completed coursework.

Faculty research is broadly focused in 3 areas: sustainable energy systems; biomolecular engineering; and biomechanics. Within these areas projects are focused on chemical and biological catalysis and kinetics; chemical and biological fuel cells; biofilm engineering; novel sensor technologies; cardiac and reproductive molecular engineering; and molecular, cellular, and musculoskeletal mechanics. The graduate programs are flexible, allowing students to develop a program that fits individual needs. A Master of Science is typically completed in 1-2 years.

IM Program Length1 or 2 semesters
Semester StartFall preferred
Additional RequirementsStatement of Intent

The Curriculum and Instruction specialization offers students rigorous and individually tailored programs of study with 2 degrees. The thesis Master of Arts (M.A.) focuses on educational research in curriculum and instruction; and the non-thesis Master of Education (Ed.M.) degree programs are designed for students with bachelor degrees who have an interest in deepening their knowledge in a specific content area (in or outside the College of Education).  The M.A. is a thesis degree emphasizing applying research, theory, and evidence-based practices to improve education. 

IM Program Length1 or 2 semesters
Semester StartFall or spring
Additional RequirementsMust have basic research experience in area of degree
Statement of Intent

The M.A. degree with specialization in educational psychology is a concentration in research, evaluation, psychometrics, and cognition. While students at the master’s level in educational psychology complete a common core of courses, a portion of each master’s degree program is composed of courses selected by the student and his/her advisory committee to tailor the program of study around the student’s personal interests and professional aspirations. M.A. recipients in educational psychology are well prepared to continue doctoral level training if so desired. However, an M.A would give access to entry level positions in this intriguing field that presents an ever-changing, challenging, and rewarding work environment.

IM Program Length1 or 2 semesters
Semester StartFall only
Additional RequirementsMust have basic teaching experience in area of degree
Statement of Intent

The Language, Literacy, and Technology (LLT) graduate program prepares graduates for academic and leadership positions in teaching, research, and service with a focus on equity and social justice. The graduate program in Language, Literacy, and Technology includes a broad curriculum of study, including foundational courses in literacy within the disciplines, the study of computer-assisted language and literacy development, and communicating in a multilingual and multi-literate society.

IM Program Length1 semester only
Semester StartFall only
Additional RequirementsPortfolio of art work
Statement of Intent

The MFA program is a 3-year interdisciplinary program where students may focus in, but are not limited to, ceramics, drawing, digital media, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture. Emphasis is placed on personal and conceptual artistic development in light of contemporary art practices.

IM Program Length1 or 2 semesters
Semester StartFall only
Additional RequirementsPortfolio of design work
Statement of Intent

The philosophy of the Interior Design program is based on a concern for human beings and the creation of interior settings that support human activities and values. We are focused on how design excellence and innovation can tackle issues surrounding the human condition in the built environmental, especially around health and well-being and environmental stewardship.

IM Program Length1 or 2 semesters
Semester StartFall
Additional RequirementsUndergraduate degree in Language or Literacy Education, Language Acquisition, Literacy Education,
or Educational Psychology
Must have basic teaching experience in area of degree
Statement of Intent

IM Program Length1 or 2 semesters
Semester StartFall or spring
Additional RequirementsRelevant degrees not in Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science & Engineering, Metallurgical, Ceramic, or Polymer Engineering, Engineering Mechanics, or Manufacturing/Process Engineering may be considered based on completed coursework.

Materials Science and Engineering is an exciting field at the interface of science and engineering that directly influences all modern technologies, from energy and the environment to space exploration to biomedical devices. Due to its breadth of impact and complexity, materials science and engineering is inherently multidisciplinary.

IM Program Length1 or 2 semesters
Semester StartFall or spring
Additional RequirementsMust have taken Calculus I, II, and III
3 credit hours of Linear Algebra, ideally upper division
Advanced Calculus, Analysis, or Abstract Algebra course with a B or higher

The Master of Science in Mathematics is offered along with an Applied Mathematics Option, a Computational Finance Option, and a Mathematics Teaching Option. In all of our degree programs we combine a sound general core of fundamental mathematics with electives that reflect individual interests, needs, and opportunities. Each track allows for specialization within the field of mathematics, but all establish a general foundation that should be valuable to students in any mathematical work they do.

IM Program Length1 or 2 semesters
Semester StartFall preferred
Additional RequirementsUndergraduate degree or equivalent

Master of Arts in Political Science Non Thesis in conjunction with certificate program is a terminal degree program designed to provide students with a specialized qualification better suited for the pursuit of professional careers in federal, state, or local government. The GJSS program targets students intending to pursue largely non-academic, governmental careers as practitioners, whether it be in the field of homeland security, law enforcement, or as analysts within the U.S. intelligence or defense communities.

IM Program Length1 or 2 semesters
Semester StartFall or spring
Additional RequirementsMust have taken Calculus I, II, and III
3 credit hours of Linear Algebra, ideally upper division
Statistics course with a B or higher

The Statistics degree program has two option areas: applied and theoretical. Courses are chosen from four field areas:

  • Advanced Theory and Stochastic Processes
  • Linear Models and Multivariate Analysis
  • Data Analysis
  • Econometrics and Time Series

Offered at WSU Pullman (non-thesis) and Vancouver (thesis)

IM Program Length1 semester only if in Vancouver campus (thesis)
1 or 2 semesters if in Pullman campus (non-thesis)
Semester StartFall only in Vancouver
Fall or spring in Pullman
Additional RequirementsAdmission is dependent on review of completed coursework and matching of research area.

Pullman (non-thesis)

The Master of Science in Computer Science on the Pullman campus is a non-thesis program and focuses on:

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Data Science
  • Systems & Networking
  • Software Engineering

Vancouver (thesis)

The Master of Science in Computer Science on the Vancouver campus is a thesis program requiring a significant research project, as well as course work in the following general areas:

  • Algorithms
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Parallel and distributed computing
  • Computer networks
  • Cloud systems
  • Computer security

Offered at WSU Vancouver (thesis), Pullman and Tri-Cities (non-thesis)

IM Program Length1 semester only if in Vancouver campus (thesis)
1 or 2 semesters if in Pullman or Tri-Cities campus (non-thesis)
Semester StartFall only in Vancouver
Fall or spring in Pullman and Tri-Cities
Additional RequirementsAdmission is dependent on review of completed coursework and matching of research area.

The Master of Science in Electrical Engineering requires coursework in the following general areas: 

  • Antenna design
  • RF/microwave systems
  • Micro/nanoelectronics
  • MEMS
  • Sensors and signal processing
  • Nanotechnology
  • Electric power systems
  • Digital/embedded systems

IM Program Length1 semester only if in Vancouver campus (thesis)
1 or 2 semesters if in Pullman or Tri-Cities campus (non-thesis)
Semester StartFall only in Vancouver
Fall or spring in Pullman or Tri-Cities
Additional RequirementsAdmission is dependent on review of completed coursework and matching of research area

The Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering is a thesis program requiring a significant research project as well as coursework in the following general areas: 

  • Solid mechanics
  • Manufacturing and design
  • Robotics and automation
  • Fluid mechanics
  • Heat and mass transfer
  • Micro/nano technology

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