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Graduate Studies

McKelvie Hall
102 West Rosedale Avenue
West Chester, PA 19383

Fax: 610-436-2763

Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00am-4:30pm

The Graduate School Information:

Graduate Admissions Information:

Additional Contact Information

New Graduate Students

Congratulations on your recent acceptance to West Chester University as a graduate student! We look forward to having you as part of our community and are excited to see you succeed in this next stage in your education. Whether you are straight out of college, switching careers, or looking to increase your current potential, the West Chester University staff is here to help you along the way. Below you will find some important information and FAQs to help start off your graduate career on the right foot.

How To:

Visit Campus

If you have yet to visit West Chester University, please feel free do so before you begin your program. Head to our Visit Us page to register for an Open House, Information session, or even a Campus Tour.

Pay the $100 Deposit

  1. Locate your student ID on your acceptance letter
  2. Go to the Pay Deposit page on myWCU
  3. Follow instructions on the page

If you are having difficulty paying, please contact the Bursar's Office at 610-436-2552.

The deposit is not posted to your account until the following business day. It could take up to 48 hours for your account to be activated.

Please note that while most programs have a deadline of one month from the day of your acceptance, some programs may have short timelines for the deposit (for example, Communicative Disorders). If you need an extension, please contact the Graduate Studies Office at 610-436-2943

Initialize your WCU Log in and Password


Once you have paid your $100 deposit, you will need to activate your account and initialize your password.

  1. Head to West Chester's homepage
  2. In the top right corner, locate the login 
  3. Click on the "help?" button and select "Change Password" 
  4. Enter your username
    • Username = first initial of your first name, first initial of your last name and the 6 digit WCU number (make sure to drop the 0 in front)
    • Example:
  5. Enter your initial password where it says "Old/Expired Password"
    • Initial Password = WCU-MMDDYY where MMDDYY corresponds to your date of birth
    • Example: WCU-120384 (where 120384 corresponds to December 03, 1984)
  6. Create a NEW password following the guidelines below:
    • Password must be at least 8 characters in length
    • Must be different than your previous 3 passwords
    • Password can not contain any part of your name
    • Must have 3 of the 4 characteristics below:
      • Lowercase character(s)
      • Uppercase character(s)
      • Numeric character(s)
      • Special character(s), such as % $ #
  7. Click "Change Password"

Log Into WCU Email, myWCU, and D2L

  1.  From any West Chester webpage locate the login  in the top right corner
  2. Make sure the portal you are trying to enter is highlighted in gold
  3. Type in your username and password
  4. Click "Login"


The Office of Graduate Studies & the Graduate Student Association invite you to attend GRADUATE ORIENTATION!

A Passport to Your New Journey

Gain valuable information for the upcoming semester, meet new students, and staff!

  • Tuesday, August 22, 2017 from 4:30 – 6:30 pm.
  • Located in Sykes Student Union (110 W. Rosedale Avenue, West Chester, PA 19383). Parking is available behind Sykes Student Union.
  • ID pictures will be taken. There is an option to upload a photo online ahead of time, which will reduce having to wait in line to have a photo taken. Students will still need to show a photo ID to pick up their ID card. ($12.00 or $14.00 with credit/debit card). Upload photo here.
  • Refreshments will be served.
  • Please RSVP by August 15, 2017.

Parking Permits

If you would like to purchase a permit for the academic year, STUDENTS MUST PRE-REGISTER TO PURCHASE PERMITS.

**NOTE** Student lots are opened after 4pm and do NOT require a permit. Students whose classes are held at the Graduate Center do NOT need a parking permit at this location.

Contact Your Advisor

  1. Log into myWCU
  2. Under the "Academic Information" section, locate your Advisor's name and email
  3. Feel free to email your advisor with any questions or concerns
  4. If there is no advisor listed, contact your program's Graduate Coordinator

Register for Classes

It is recommended that all students contact their Graduate Coordinator or Advisor first to discuss coursework prior to enrollment.

Please note that the following programs either register their own students (thus you will not have access to do so via your myWCU) or require you to meet before registering yourself. If you have any questions or concerns about when you will be enrolled or what courses you are going to be taking, please contact your specific department.

  • DPA
  • MPA
  • MBA
  • Social Work
  • Psychology
  • Communicative Disorders

Once you have discussed with your Coordinator or Advisor, view this helpful How to Register for Graduate Classes at WCU video .

Activate Your Financial Account

If you have financial aid, you will need to ACCEPT your aid via myWCU. For more information email Financial Aid

, call 610-436-2627.

Once your student aid has been accepted, log into myWCU and click "ACTIVATE STUDENT ACCOUNT". This will need to be done even if your account balance is 0 after your financial aid. For more information on paying your bills, please visit theBursar's Office.

You can also view helpful Financial Aid videos.

Important Links

Financial Aid Office

Bursar's Office

Registrar's Office

Graduate Studies Office

Graduate Catalog
Use for all program and policy requirements for West Chester University

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