Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5 in all graduate coursework and have received a master's degree from an accredited institution. English proficiency exams are only required for international students for whom English is not the primary language. The following materials must be submitted to the IIDP at the Graduate School in addition to the application required by the Graduate School available online (which includes the requirement of 3 letters of recommendation): A brief description of the research area and a proposed program of study (no more than 3 pages), a letter from a WSU faculty member willing to serve as advisor commenting on the student's potential for success and the proposed program sent directly to the IIDP Graduate Coordinator, emails from at least four permanent tenure-track WSU faculty members indicating their willingness to serve as committee members sent directly to the IIDP Graduate Coordinator, and a summary statement by the student of faculty interests and disciplines that has led the applicant to believe the IIDP is the program needed to best pursue the degree.
Each student works with an advisor and four additional members of the WSU faculty from at least three academic units. This committee oversees the development of the individual doctoral degree and works closely with the student to ensure a high quality doctoral education. The individual doctoral program must meet the following criteria: it will be of doctoral significance, no single recognized graduate degree-granting unit will be able to meet the student's needs, and the academic resources to complete the proposed program will be available at WSU.