FAQs

 

What Graduate degrees does Wayne State offer?

WSC is authorized to grant four graduate degrees: Education Specialist (Ed.S.), Master of Business Administration, Master of Science in Education, and Master of Science in Organizational Management.

 

 

As a senior undergraduate student, can I take graduate-level courses?

Seniors enrolled at WSC who are within their last two semesters of completing requirements for the baccalaureate degree may enroll for graduate courses at the 500 and 600 level if they meet the other requirements for graduate admissions as determined by the appropriate school dean. They are limited to fifteen (15) total hours for the term and a maximum of six (6) graduate hours earned prior to completing their baccalaureate degree. Notification of approval from the student's advisor, appropriate Department Chair and School Dean for the graduate class(es) must be submitted to the Registrar.

 

 

How do I apply for Graduate Studies?

Apply online at https://myapplication.wsc.edu/, submit health forms, and request a transcript from the undergraduate institution conferring the baccalaureate degree be sent directly to the Admissions Office. Students who wish to be admitted to a graduate degree program should have the baccalaureate degree from a regionally-accredited institution.

 

Students also need to meet the specific admission requirements listed for each program in addition to the general requirements as listed in the current WSC General and Graduate Catalog.

 

 

How do I register online for courses?

To register online:

  • Go to eCampus (http://ecampus.wsc.edu)  
  • Login to eCampus, then click on Online Resources > WildcatsOnline
  • Click the Self Service link
  • Click the Student Center link
  • Click the Enroll link
  • Search for your class or enter in the Class Number
  • Add the class to your Shopping Cart and then Finish Enrolling

For more information, go to: https://ecampus.wsc.edu/wildcatsonline/student_info/ and visit the “Tutorials” section

 

 

What is the deadline to apply to Graduate Studies?

Preferably, two weeks prior to the intended date of enrollment.

 

 

Please explain the teaching format (Community of Learning) offered as an MSE degree in Curriculum and Instruction-Instructional Leadership.

This learning format was developed by teachers for teachers. It focuses on your needs as a professional educator. Classes meet one weekend a month, five times a semester. No regular meetings during June and July. Weekend classes are interactive and involve group activities, not lecture. Your readings, writing, and discussions will be applicable to your classroom. The focus is on the participants supporting one another in a "family" environment.

 

As a student, you design and implement your own learning plan. Your learning is based on what you are doing in your educational setting. You are assessed using a growth portfolio. Your learning can be done alone and with others. You have colleague and advisory support groups. Your action research will apply to your educational setting.

 

For more specific information, please contact the School of Education and Counseling or visit Community Learning.

 

 

How do I apply for a Graduate Assistantship?

The Application for a Graduate Assistantship can be obtained by contacting the Graduate Office.  Application documents can be emailed to you or sent to you via the U.S. Postal Service.  Please make your request by sending an e-mail to: viloofe1@wsc.edu

 

Completed application documents, along with a current resume, must be submitted to the Graduate Office no later than April 1 for the upcoming academic year.

 

Consideration for Graduate Assistantships is given only to applicants who plan to earn the graduate degree at Wayne State College.  Candidates must have a scholastic record above average, teaching experience, and appropriate recommendations.

 

 

What is the maximum number of hours I can take each semester?

The maximum load of graduate credit hours for graduate students, without special permission, is 9 hours during regular sessions; students should consult with their advisor and Dean concerning enrollment limits for individual summer sessions.  A graduate student who wishes to register for more than the maximum number should consult with his/her advisor, then contact the appropriate School office for approval and forward that information to the Office of Records and Registration.  Full-time status for graduate students is 9 credit hours.

 

 

Do I need to maintain a certain GPA during my graduate career?

Graduate students working on a graduate degree must maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 to continue in good standing. Graduate students who do not maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 will be placed on probation for the next six credit hours. If they fail to raise their GPA to a 3.0, they will be removed from their program. Appeals may be made to the appropriate School office and subsequently to the Graduate Council.

 

 

Is there a time limit on how long I can take to complete my degree?

Commencing with the date of the first course registration, all requirements for the degree must be met within seven calendar years. Courses can be no more than 7 years old at the time of graduation.

 

 

Can courses I took at another institution count toward my master’s degree at Wayne State College?

Credit that has been applied toward an earned degree from any college will not be accepted for advanced studies for a master's degree at WSC.   At least half (50%) of the total graduate credits shall be in 600-level courses.

 

A request to transfer credit may be completed by the student and the advisor.  A committee of graduate faculty will review the request.  Wayne State College will consider for transfer credit courses from any regionally accredited institution.  The graduate student must complete at least 50% of the course work from WSC faculty to meet the residency requirement.  Courses can be no more than 7 years old at the time of graduation.

 

Graduate students may petition to challenge for credit and/or evaluation of transfer credit, not to exceed the established transfer guidelines, with the approval of the appropriate program faculty, department chair, Director of Graduate Studies and the Dean of Education and Counseling, the Dean of Business and Technology, or the Dean of Natural and Social Sciences.

 

MBA Program:  A maximum of nine graduate credits (15 from another Nebraska State College or University), subject to evaluation by the Director of the MBA program and Dean of Business and Technology, may be transferred from another regionally accredited graduate institution and applied toward a degree.  Only transfer credit of a “B” grade or better is accepted.  A “B-“ is not acceptable.  Credit that has been applied towards another earned degree from any college is not accepted for advanced study.  Credit earned through correspondence courses is not accepted.

  MSE/Ed.S. Program:  A maximum of 18 graduate credits, subject to evaluation by the Director of Graduate Studies and the Dean of Education and Counseling, may be transferred from another regionally accredited graduate institution and applied toward a degree from this College.  Only transfer credit of “B” grade or better will be accepted.  A “B-“ is not acceptable.  No more than one-half of the course work for the education core may be transfer credit, except in programs defined by a specific articulation agreement.  For more information on articulation agreements, contact the appropriate School office.
  MSOM Program:  A maximum of nine graduate credits (15 from another Nebraska University or 18 from the Nebraska State Colleges), subject to evaluation by the Dean of Natural and Social Sciences and the appropriate graduate committee, may be transferred from another regionally accredited graduate institution and applied toward a degree.  Only transfer credit of a “B” grade or better is accepted.  A “B-“ is not acceptable.  Credit that has been applied towards another earned degree from any college is not accepted for advanced study.  Credit earned through correspondence courses is not accepted.

 

 

Who is my advisor and how do I contact him/her?

At the time of admission to a degree program, the appropriate academic school will assign to the student a faculty advisor whose function is to help in selecting a program of study, render guidance and support whenever possible, and represent the student in any matter pertinent to his/her graduate program. Students may request a new advisor at any point during their program.

 

The advisor can be contacted by calling Wayne State College at 402-375-7000 and asking for their advisor by name.

 

 

How do I go about setting up my Program of Study?

In the term of the enrollment immediately following admission to a graduate degree program, the student should complete a Program of Study indicating the courses that have been agreed upon and approved by the advisor and department chair. After the forms are completed, they should be signed by the specified individuals. Students wishing to make changes in their Program of Study need approval of their advisor, department chair, and the Dean of Education and Counseling or the Dean of Business and Technology or the Dean of Natural and Social Sciences. Substantial changes may require a new Program of Study form. Approved Programs of Study are on file in the Graduate Office.

 

 

What do I do if I want to appeal a decision or action?

The policy-making body for the graduate program is the Graduate Council, which is responsible to the Graduate Faculty. Recommendations for degree requirements and curriculum originate with the Graduate Council, subject to review by the Graduate Faculty, and require action by the President and the Board of Trustees of Nebraska State Colleges.

 

Students who wish to appeal a decision or action must approach the following people/groups in this order: Department Chair, the appropriate Committee within the School (MBA students-MBA Appeals Committee, MSE and Ed.S. students-Professional Progress Committee, MSOM students-MSOM Appeals Committee), the Dean, the Graduate Council (through the appropriate School office), and finally the Vice President for Academic Affairs. The decision reached by the Vice President for Academic Affairs is final.

 

 

What services can I access via WildcatsOnline?

WildcatsOnline provides the ability to register online for most classes, access your final grades, and inquire regarding billing and financial aid information.

 

WildcatsOnline is NOT for online course work. You must connect to Sakai for those services.

 

WildcatsOnline is available 24/7 except for Monday and Thursday mornings from 1:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. and the third Sunday of every month from 6:00 a.m. until noon.

 

 

How can I access WildcatsOnline?

Please visit: https://ecampus.wsc.edu/wildcatsonline/student_info/

 

 

How do I register to take the GRE?

You can register to take the GRE by contacting an authorized Prometric Test Center. You can also register online at www.gre.org

 

WSC students must take the general exam (not the subject).

 

 

How do I register to take the GMAT?

You can register to take the GMAT by contacting an authorized Pearson Professional Call Center. You can also register online at www.mba.com

 

 

How do I register to take the TOEFL?

You can register to take the TOEFL by contacting an authorized Sylvan Learning Center. You can also register online at www.ets.org/toefl

 

 

When do I apply to take the comprehensive examination?

The Request to Take Comprehensive Examination form must be signed and filed in the Graduate Office no later than two weeks prior to the examination.

 

 

When do I request for my portfolio to be reviewed?

The Request for Portfolio Review form must be signed and filed in the Graduate Office at the beginning of the semester in which the portfolio will be reviewed.

 

 

How do I know if I am required to take the comprehensive examination or complete a portfolio or both?

Students should consult with their advisor about this.

 

 

When do I apply for graduation?

Students must file an Application for Graduation with the Graduate Office no later than the end of the second week of the semester in which they intend to graduate.

 

 

When are degrees awarded?

Commencement ceremonies are held each academic year in December and May.

 

All graduating students are expected to attend commencement, which is ceremonial in nature. August graduates with no more than six credit hours of course work and/or an internship remaining to complete their degree during the summer are eligible to participate in the May commencement ceremony.

 

 

When can I expect to receive my diploma?

Actual diplomas will not be issued until completion of all degree requirements has been verified. Generally diplomas are mailed within six weeks after the end of the term of degree completion.

 

 

How do I request the sending of my official WSC transcript?

To request a copy of your transcript from WSC, please send a written request or our printable Request for Transcript to the following address: Wayne State College, Office of the Registrar, 1111 Main Street, Wayne, NE 68787, OR fax 402-375-7047.

 

Transcripts are not faxed to any party.

 

In the body of your letter, please print or type the following information: your full name, all former last names, your current address, your social security number, dates of your last term of attendance at WSC, the number of transcripts requested, a complete address where each transcript should be sent, and your signature. If you are requesting a final transcript after graduation, your request should also include the phrase, "hold for degree statement."

 

Please Note: The following guidelines apply to all WSC transcript requests: (1) All transcripts are free of charge (up to 25 per calendar year). (2) All copies mailed to you are marked "Issued to Student." (3) We do not accept e-mailed transcript requests. (4) We do not accept any faxed requests for transcripts. (5) We do not fax transcripts to any party. (6) Transcripts cannot be issued if you have any financial holds.

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