Wayne State University

Wayne State University Admissions and General School Information

Wayne State University (WSU) occupies 200 acres in Detroit, Michigan, and offers more than 350 majors and degree programs. A national research university, Wayne State University provides students with the resources to perform well in academics and research.

About Wayne State University

Wayne State University's location in Detroit, Michigan, offers students access to urban culture and an opportunity to learn in a diverse metropolitan region. Students enrolled in the university's 13 schools pursue one of 126 bachelor's degrees, 139 master's degrees, 60 doctoral degrees and a variety of certificates and professional programs. Six extension centers in the Detroit area allow WSU students to attend class close to home and work. The school serves more than 31,000 students from 49 states and 70 countries.

Wayne State University's Learning Communities program provides more than 1,500 students with 20 mentor-led groups that offer support both academically and socially. The university also allows students in certain programs, including medicine, science, pharmacy and business, to earn advanced degrees while undergraduates. WSU students received nearly $52 million in grants in the 2007 academic year, and 86% of all students receive some kind of financial assistance.

Admissions and Enrollment Information

Wayne State University looks at students individually, and takes into account ACT or SAT scores and high school GPA's for first-time freshmen. The school also participates in various special admissions programs, including Chicana-Boricua studies for Latino studies, Division of Community Education for high school graduates and mature adults, Federal Trio programs for first-generation and low-income students, and WayneDirect for students who wish to transfer from partner community colleges. WSU also accepts students with GEDs who have scored well enough on the ACT or SAT. Specific admissions requirements for different types of students (transfer, international, graduate and veteran applicants, for instance) will vary.

Wayne State University Academic Departments

School of Business Administration

The business school's programs include Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees in finance, accounting, management, global supply chain management, marketing and information systems management. Graduate students, 90% of whom enroll as part-time students, earn Master of Business Administration degrees and may choose online, weekend or accelerated programs. The MBA program may also be pursued simultaneously with a Juris Doctor law degree. Other graduate programs include a Master of Science in Accounting degree and a Master of Science in Taxation degree.

College of Education

The College of Education at Wayne State serves an urban community and a diverse student population. With nearly 40 degree and certification programs, WSU's teaching school serves both undergraduate and graduate teacher candidates. Programs include art education, bilingual education, counseling, dance, early childhood education and educational psychology. Other students choose exercise and sport science, foreign language education, K-12 curriculum, kinesiology, music and special education.

College of Engineering

Wayne State University's College of Engineering seeks to contribute highly trained technical engineers to a changing economy in Michigan and beyond. WSU's proximity to Detroit's automotive industry provides students with many opportunities for learning and interacting with skilled professionals. Undergraduate students may pursue bachelor's degrees in alternative energy technology; engineering technology; and civil, chemical, electrical, industrial and mechanical engineering. Master's and doctoral degree programs are also available.

College of Fine, Performing & Communication Arts

Students enrolled in WSU's College of Fine, Performing & Communication Arts practice their craft in on-campus and city theaters, music halls, galleries, publications and other venues. The school offers 16 undergraduate and 13 graduate degrees. Some of the programs include journalism, ceramics, photography, fashion design and theater.

Graduate School

Wayne State University's Graduate School ensures that graduate students excel academically and creatively, and that the university's graduate programs provide excellent learning opportunities. The university's 60 doctoral programs, nearly 140 master's degree programs and wide array of certificate and professional programs make Wayne State one of nation's largest graduate schools.

Irvin D. Reid Honors College

Wayne State University's Honors College seeks gifted students and provides them with the support to become engaged members of this urban academic community. Over the course of a 4-year education, students concentrate on the college's 'four pillars': community, service, research and career.

Law School

Founded in 1927, Wayne State University's Law School has unique programs and a selection of financing opportunities. The law school offers a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree program, a Master of Law degree program for practicing lawyers and concurrent degree programs with other WSU colleges.

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Twenty departments comprise WSU's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, with nearly 40 undergraduate and more than 40 graduate degree programs on offer. Some of the programs include Africana studies, chemistry, dietetics, linguistics and psychology. Additionally, graduate students may pursue degrees or certificates in archival administration, criminal justice, human development, philosophy and urban planning.

School of Library and Information Science

Wayne State University's School of Library and Information Science prepares students to work in libraries. The school also teaches students to work with digital collections and website development. Programs include a Master of Library and Information Science degree as well as graduate certificates in subjects that include records and information management, archival administration and information management.

School of Medicine

Wayne State University School of Medicine offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs, including an M.D. program, an M.D./Ph.D. program, a B.S./M.D. program and continuing education programs. Special tracks consist of an early decision program, a transfer program and the MedStart program. It is the nation's largest single-campus medical school.

College of Nursing

Wayne State University's College of Nursing focuses on topics including urban health, self-care and care giving, and offers both undergraduate and graduate nursing programs. Undergraduates may pursue a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, and graduate nurse practitioner students may study a variety of nursing disciplines, including gerontology, critical care and primary care. Certificate programs include nursing education and nurse-midwifery. Other programs include neonatal care, women's health, pediatric, community health and psychiatric mental health care.

Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Pharmacy students enrolled in Wayne State's College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences participate in research projects with faculty and study 11 areas of pharmacy sciences. Undergraduate pharmacy programs at WSU include clinical laboratory science, mortuary science and radiation therapy. Graduate programs include industrial hygiene, anesthesia, pharmaceutical science and occupational therapy.

School of Social Work

Wayne State University School of Social Work prepares students to work in diverse communities. Social work students may pursue bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees. Graduate certificate programs include family and couples social work practice, infant mental health, gerontology, developmental disabilities and substance abuse studies.

Contact Information

  • Address: Detroit, MI 48202
  • Phone Number: (313) 577-2424