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Are you ready to get started on your online journey to a graduate degree or certificate from WPI? Our dedicated team is available to help you through every step of the admissions process. With a rolling admission process, you can apply for an online program at any time with no application deadlines.

Getting Started

Our flexible programs allow students with a technical bachelor's degree to take up to two WPI courses before formal admission into a master’s program. Credits from these courses may be transferred into a graduate program upon formal admission into that program. If you’d like to take a few courses before formally applying, the first step is to complete our enrollment form. Once submitted, a WPI representative will be in touch within 48 hours to get you registered into your first course. You can view our online offerings, by term, on the Registar’s site.

While WPI allows students to take two courses, we strongly encourage students to begin the application process right away. Successfully completing a course does not guarantee or equal admittance to a program. 

For students who feel that they need to refresh some of their skills, or who receive a conditional acceptance, our prep courses may help. Admittance to a degree program is required for most prep courses.

Admissions Requirements

Entrance to a WPI online graduate program requires a relevant bachelor’s degree from a highly accredited university, preferably ABET accredited, if earned in the United States (especially for engineering programs). Students are permitted to apply with unofficial transcripts initially, however official transcripts are required once admitted and moving forward.

Other application documents vary by academic department and type of program (master’s, PhD, certificate).

TOEFL or IELTS scores are required for international students who come from countries where English is not the first language. Scores must be sent to WPI (school code: 3969). To learn more about TOEFL and IELTS scores, visit the Graduate Catalog

How to Apply

Go to the Graduate Admissions Application and create your admissions account. You have your choice of which email address and password you prefer to use for the system. Once your account is created, you can log back in at any time to upload materials or check the status of your application. 

Your supporting documents should be uploaded directly into your admissions application. All documents, including unofficial transcripts from all universities attended previously, are required before an application can be reviewed. Please note that official transcripts are required once you have been admitted to WPI. Those can be sent to the attention of your Student Success Team Member at:

Worcester Polytechnic Institute
WPI Online
100 Institute Rd
Worcester, MA 01609

Once all materials are submitted, you will receive a confirmation email and your application will be sent for departmental review. The review process may take up to six to eight weeks and you will be notified via email when an admissions decision is reached. 

How to Complete your Graduate Application

Applying to Grad School at WPI

Application Requirements
Official transcripts for all post-secondary colleges or universities (unofficial transcripts are permitted initially, prior to admittance)  
Plan of Study
(required after admittance)
Letters of Recommendation  
Statement of Purpose