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Welcome to WPI Graduate Studies’ FAQ Page. This page addresses our most asked questions for prospective and current graduate students. Find your topic of interest below. We hope this helps guide your graduate school journey here at WPI.

Graduate School Applications

Graduate Programs

Admittance Logistics

  • When should I expect to receive my I-20 information from WPI?

    You will receive your I-20 paperwork when you have accepted WPI’s acceptance, completed your deposit, provided proof of finances in the application portal, and completed the I-20 paperwork. This typically happens in late March when the tuition has been set for the following year.  I-20s are typically issued at the beginning of March, after the Board of Trustees has set the tuition for the following academic year and after you have accepted WPI’s offer, deposited, received your Declaration and Certification of Funds (DCF) form, and have completed the I-20 paperwork in your application portal. For information about your I-20 or any questions about your visa or status in the US please contact IH@wpi.edu.

    Last updated: October 5, 2022
  • I want to defer my admittance. How do I do this?

    You can defer your admittance for up to 1 year. Navigate to your application portal and select “Defer”.  If you have already made a decision in the application portal and you would like to change it, please email grad@wpi.edu.

    Last updated: October 5, 2022

Course Registration

  • Why can’t I register for WPI graduate courses?

    In order to register for a course, all student on-boarding tasks must be complete. Log into your Workday account to complete any outstanding tasks. You should then be able to register for your course. If you continue to have errors, please contact your Student Success Manager or email grad@wpi.edu.

    Last updated: October 5, 2022
  • Which graduate courses should I take at WPI?

    To help you navigate which courses to take, we suggest logging into your Workday account. Go to your “Academic Progress Tab.” There you will see the course requirements for your degree. You can click on the eclipse to see the suggested courses or subjects to take to satisfy your degree requirements.

    Last updated: October 5, 2022
  • How do I register for graduate courses at WPI every semester?

    Every semester, you will be assigned a task in Workday. Log into your Workday account and complete the assigned tasks. This will enable you to register for your course.

    Last updated: October 5, 2022

Funding and Financial Aid

Student Resources

Career Experience

  • As an international student at WPI, can I work on or off campus?

    As an international student, you’re eligible to work in the U.S. during your schooling and after you receive your degree. However, there are specific regulations, requirements, and restrictions to keep in mind, so the best thing for you to do if you’re interested in a career in the U.S. is to plan ahead. Visit the International House for more information.

    Last updated: October 5, 2022
  • Are jobs available on campus for WPI graduate students?

    Yes, there are on campus job opportunities for students. Visit WPI’s student employment page.

    Last updated: October 5, 2022
  • Does WPI offer internship resources for graduate students?

    It’s never too early to start thinking about plans for an internship. They’re a great opportunity for you to explore career options and gain relevant, real-world work experience. The Career Development Center (CDC) offers several different tools, services, and resources to help you increase your chances of landing an internship. Visit our CDC page for more information.

    Last updated: October 3, 2022
  • How do graduate qualifying projects and capstone projects work at WPI?

    One of the central priorities in WPI’s educational philosophy is the application of academic skills and knowledge to real-world problems. The capstone project represents a substantive evaluation and application of coursework covered in the program. Students are encouraged to select projects with practical significance for the advancement of their company’s competitive position as well as their own personal development. The project is administered, advised, and evaluated by WPI as part of the learning experience, but students are encouraged to seek mentorship from experienced colleagues in the profession. The presence of or degree of participation from a mentor is made at the discretion of the student or the organization sponsoring the program. 

    Last updated: August 16, 2022