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Admission Requirements

The Wright Graduate University encourages applications from individuals with a strong academic and professional background and those who have demonstrated potential to succeed in a hybrid learning environment (meaning online with optional residential elements) and make a contribution to their chosen field. We value scholarship, creativity, and an independent spirit in the discovery of knowledge.

Admission Requirements for All Progams:

  1. Apply Online: Complete our online application. There is no fee to apply.
  2. Objective Statements: Write and submit two 600-word objective statements related to your degree program. The essay prompts can be obtained from an admissions representative. 
  3. Transcripts: Request one official, sealed transcript documenting receipt of a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. This transcript must be received before the end of the first thirty days of the start of your first term.
  4. International Transcripts: Applicants with degrees from an institution outside of the United States must have these transcripts evaluated for degree equivalency to an accredited U.S. degree or school.
  5. English-Language Testing: Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate competency in written and spoken English, as evidenced by a score of at least 550 on the paper-based TOEFL exam, 80 on the internet-based TOEFL exam, or a passing score on a recognized international equivalent exam. If the applicant has earned a degree from an appropriately accredited institution where English is the principal language of instruction, he or she is exempt from the testing requirement. 

Additional requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Transformational Leadership

  • In addition to the above requirements, admission to the Graduate Certificate in Transformational Leadership
    requires prior completion of PL01, PL02, and PL04. Individuals who are currently enrolled in one of these noncredit
    courses offered through Wright Living may apply and be conditionally admitted pending completion of
    all three.

Additional requirements for the doctoral program 

  • Completed M.A. degree from Wright Graduate University.

  • Recommendations: Two letters of recommendation from WGU faculty.

  • Writing samples: Submission of master's capstone, overview paper, or in-depth paper from the WGU master's program demonstrating the applicant's ability to perform graduate level research and potential for success at the dissertation level.

  • Approval from the doctoral qualifying panel (to be scheduled upon receipt of your completed, signed application form).

Students are notified of admissions decisions in writing upon the determination by the Chancellor, usually within three weeks of our receipt of the student’s completed application file. The Doctor of Education degree program requires completion of a dissertation. Please see course descriptions for the Dissertation (AC600) course, the catalog, or the Dissertation Manual for an overview of the requirements of the dissertation. 


Where Should I Send Documents?

All documents should be sent to:

Wright Graduate University
Attn: Admissions
445 East Ohio Street - Suite 300
Chicago, Illinois 60611

Electronic admissions documents may be sent to Official electronic academic transcripts should be sent to 


Pending Status  

Students applying for admission to a graduate certificate or master’s program may be conditionally admitted with Pending Status if all the required documentation has not been received at the time the student wishes to register for the course. Students admitted under Pending Status may register for courses in their initial term of admission only. Students entering with Pending Status must submit all missing documents to complete their application files within 30 days after the start of classes of the first term. The Chancellor may extend this deadline if he or she determines that  significant extenuating circumstances warrant an extension. To register for subsequent terms, pending students must be unconditionally admitted to the graduate program for which they have applied. Students entering with Pending Status are not eligible for any form of financial assistance from the university, and students withdrawn for failure to supply required documents are responsible for tuition and fees as described in the University’s refund policy as described on page 45 of the WGU catalog.


Distance Education And Residential Components 

The Wright Graduate University learning experience takes place through a hybrid model, which includes both distance education and optional on-campus residential learning.  

Distance education components -- weekly assigned readings, discussion posts, replies to your classmates, and weekend learning session attendance -- can be completed from anywhere with a computer and an internet connection (see requirements in next section), the in-residence component of your education has special requirements.

Click here to read the full details about weekend learning sessions, including attendance requirements, time, and costs.


Computer Requirement

Students are required to have access to a laptop computer and the Internet for all coursework. The computer must meet the following specifications:

  • Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 10 or a Mac with a currently supported operating system
  • Internet capability
  • Soundcard & speakers
  • Current Internet web browser: Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge (only available to Windows 10 users)


Non-matriculating Students

Qualified applicants may enroll for individual master's level courses as a non-matriculated student. Those interested in attending as a non-matriculated student must complete the same requirements for admission as degree- or certificate-seeking students. Admission to a particular course is at the discretion of the instructor(s).

If seats in the course are limited, degree- and certificate-seeking students will always be given preference. Credit earned at WGU as a non-matriculated student will be transferred if the student successfully applies for admission into a WGU degree or certificate program.


Americans with Disabilities Act

If you require accommodations in accordance with the American Disability Act, download this form and see further information on this page


Financial Aid

U.S. Federal Student Financial Aid is available to students who qualify.

If you have any questions about financial aid, please contact Kelly Lofgren, Director of Financial Aid, at



If you have any questions about the admission process, please contact the Office of Admissions at or (312)-645-8333.

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