Welcome to the College of Education — we're excited to help you reach your career goals and aspirations. Take some time and review your desired program's webpage to learn all about the advantages a Wayne State education can offer.

Apply to graduate school

General application deadlines:

  • Fall (classes begin in September) - June 1
  • Winter (classes begin in January) – Oct. 1
  • Spring/Summer (classes begin in May) – Feb. 1
  • Permit to Register

    Permit to Register admission may be granted on a one-term-only basis to applicants with incomplete applications for graduate admission, upon presentation of evidence of an earned bachelor’s with an acceptable GPA and with approval from the College of Education. For more information or approval, contact a graduate academic services officer at 313-577-1605.

  • Graduate Non-Degree Admission

    An applicant who wishes to take graduate courses but does not wish to be in a degree program may request admission on a non-degree basis. The eligible applicant will be admitted to a particular college, but not to an individual major program. In most instances, a non-degree student may, with the department's approval, register for any courses for which they have the necessary preparation. Depending on previous degrees, applicants may request admission to one of the following graduate non-degree classifications:

    • Pre-master's
    • Post-master's
    • Post-doctoral

    For more information or approval, contact a graduate academic services officer at 313-577-1605.

  • Bridge Certificates

    Wayne State University’s College of Education has reinvented higher education for today's working learner who's looking to advance or transition their skills in specialized areas of education. The bridge certificate provides a convenient, efficient and timely way to earn your state-required content in high-needs areas, while working toward your master’s degree.

    Bridge Certificate Programs 

    Note: While all programs do lead to WSU certification, these do not lead to state endorsement. Additionally, required hours may vary based on individual transcripts and other factors. Specific program requirements should be confirmed with an academic advisor or faculty counselor.

  • Graduate Certificates

    Set yourself apart with a graduate certificate from Wayne State University’s College of Education. Whether completed on its own or in conjunction with a degree, a graduate certificate is a great way to expand your knowledge in a chosen subject area. To be eligible for graduate admission, applicants must hold or be completing a bachelor’s or its equivalent from a qualified college or university and have adequate preparation to pursue graduate studies in the selected major field.


    Note: These programs may qualify for Title IV funding under the Gainful Employment Act; please check with the Office of Financial Aid.