Coronavirus Update

Classes will be held remotely for the remainder of the spring semester, and all official university events and student activities are suspended until further notice. While the Dayton and Lake campuses remain open, access to campus is restricted to personnel who have been identified as essential. Read more.

Graduate School

Graduate School COVID-19 information

CoronavirusThe Graduate School office is currently closed as a preventative measure related to the COVID-19 virus. While our staff will continue to work remotely and daily processes will continue, some procedures will be temporarily altered. Our goal is to continue to serve our graduate students with as little disruption as possible.  To do so, we will be employing various strategies and processes that are outside the norm and we ask for your patience as we all work through this event.

Please return to this page often; it will be updated regularly as events warrant and additional clarification of processes becomes available.

During this time, we can be contacted via e-mail at We will respond to your e-mail as soon as possible.

Unviersity messages related to the Coronavius can be found at - Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).



Official transcripts will still be required for regular admission to the Graduate School. Staff will continue processing e-transcripts which must be sent directly to

If your institution does not offer e-transcripts or you are unable to obtain your transcripts for some other reason (i.e., the institution is currently closed, e-transcript not available), please contact us at for instructions.  

Inquiries about other extenuating circumstances regarding graduate admissions should be directed to

As always, applicants will not need to request their Wright State transcripts.

Admission letters

Newly admitted students will be able to access their admission letters through the application portal. Simply return to and click on “Admission Letter” in your Required Documents list. Then click on the "Admission Letter" link under “File name.”


Graduate Assistantships

We will be accepting scanned PDFs of the usual paper contracts, and those may be signed electronically as long as the signer affirms, from his or her WSU email address, the authenticity of the signature. All contracts should still go to Gwana Snell (


Graduation and Advising

Electronic signatures will be accepted on programs of study when accompanied by an email from the graduate program director confirming the signatures’ authenticity.

Electronic signatures will also be accepted on thesis and dissertation approval pages when accompanied by an email from the graduate program director and/or thesis/dissertation director confirming the signatures’ authenticity.

Thesis and Dissertation format checks will still be offered. Please email the document to Feedback is usually provided within two business days.

Although WSU's ability to extend official graduation deadlines will be limited unless and until HLC relaxes its reporting deadlines, the Graduate School is prepared to offer the following accommodations in the meantime:

  • Students who have already applied to graduate in S20, but end up being prevented by COVID-19-related complications from doing so, may:
    • reapply for graduation in R20 OR F20 without paying a new graduation application fee
    • graduate during R20 OR F20 with a one-time full waiver of the minimum registration requirement (WSU Policy 5270.1).
  • Other concerns regarding S20 graduation will be considered on a case-by-case basis, as usual.

As a reminder, the current graduation-related deadlines for S20 are as follows:

  • Friday, May, 1, 2020 - thesis and dissertation defenses should take place on or before this date.
  • Monday, June 1, 2020 (30-day deadline):
    • comprehensive test scores and thesis/dissertation approval pages should be submitted to the Graduate School;
    • thesis/dissertation documents should be uploaded to OhioLINK;
    • all temporary grades should be changed to permanent grades.

For any other graduation-related questions, please contact Erika Gilles (


General Information for Program Directors

Internal Form submission

We are in the process of constructing and populating a Pilot site for graduate program directors, where there will be dropboxes for forms that require Graduate School approval (such as degree certificate forms, programs of study, thesis and dissertation committee approval forms and signature pages, etc.). Electronic signatures will be accepted on these documents when they are submitted through the secure Pilot dropbox.

(Update 3/24/2020)
The "Graduate Program Directors" Pilot site is now active, and should appear in Spring 2020 Pilot courses for program directors and department chairs. The site's primary purpose is  to provide a way for graduate programs to share graduation-related documents with the Graduate School in a secure manner. There are dropboxes on the “Assessment” tab for programs of study, degree certificate forms, thesis and dissertation approval pages, and more. We have also added folders in the Table of Contents where departments/programs can retrieve approval pages and committee forms after they have been signed by the Graduate School Dean. We will continue to develop and modify the site as we all learn together how it might best be formatted and used, so your feedback will be welcomed.

The Graduate School is also developing a second Pilot site to manage the assistantship process. We hope to have that site ready soon, and will keep you posted.

4+1 Program questions

Catherine Driver will be assisting with Lisa’s normal responsibilities. Until further notice, then, please send all admission, admission petition, and 4+1 program questions to and copy Lisa at