Writing Placement for Graduate Students (WPG) Equivalency Standards

WPG Equivalency Standards

  • Have M.A./M.S., Ph.D., or J.D. from a US-Accredited University or an equivalent degree with coursework in the English language as evaluated by the Office of the Graduate Dean (attach copy of school transcript with degree noted).
  • Published a refereed academic journal article in the English language (attach a copy of the journal/publication cover and first page of the article with your name).
  • Graduated with a baccalaureate degree or equivalent from a US-accredited University with a cumulative GPA of 3.7 or above (attach copy of school transcript).
  • Received 4.5 or higher on the analytical writing portion of the GRE/GMAT (attach verification).
  • Instructor of record of a college-level writing course taught in the English language at a US-accredited University approved by the Office of the Graduate Dean

    Current Writing Proficiency Exam (WPE) Waiver Standards:
  • Have MA/MS, Ph.D., or JD from an Accredited American University (attach copy of school transcript with degree noted)
  • Published an academic journal article or professional report (attach a copy of the journal/publication cover and first page of article or report with your name)
  • Achieved a grade of B- or better in a Junior-level advanced English composition course that required a minimum of 5000 words of writing (attach copy of syllabus and school transcript with grade noted)
  • Graduated from an Accredited American University with honors or above (attach copy of school transcript with honors noted for the degree)
  • English instructor of record or tutor of college level English course (attach verification)
  • Passed a writing proficiency exam at a CSU or passed an upper division writing exam at another University other  than a CSU (attach verification letter from institution or copy of transcript with exam noted)
  • Received 4.0 or higher on the GRE/GMAT writing assessment portion of the general exam (attach verification)