Admission Requirements for Online Master’s Programs

The following short article is written to provide general advice about online education and degrees, not just information specific to WGU. If you have specific questions about WGU, feel free to inquire online or speak with an enrollment counselor (1-866-225-5948).

Admission requirements for online master’s degree programs vary. Sometimes, the requirements for a specific program can give an indication of the program’s quality. Be skeptical of programs with lackadaisical requirements; you may not receive the education you require to advance in your career. Let’s look at some of the admission requirements for master’s degree programs online.

Standardized Testing Scores

Some, but not all, online degree programs require applicants to achieve a certain level score on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT.)

Language Requirements

Some English as a Second Language (ESL) students must pass a standardized exam called the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) to demonstrate proficiency.


Many online master’s degree programs require students to submit an essay. School administrators judge essays based on clarity, creativity, and their writing mastery level.

Undergraduate Degree

Most legitimate, accredited online master’s degree programs require students to have an undergraduate degree from an accredited college. In some cases, students must have certain number of credits in their field of study. Adult students who are changing careers may be permitted to fulfill their undergraduate credit requirements online prior to taking master's level courses.

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