Admission Requirements

Be more than you are

Be more than you are. You might be an athlete, but you’re also a student. You might have a 4.0, but you also love music. You might have a deep faith, but you also like to have fun. We want to help you discover who you are as a whole person, not just the little pieces of your identity. 



Take a look at the different requirements for admission we have for each type of student.

Undergraduate Students

We look for a few basic requirements in all students who apply to DWU. 

  • Graduating from an accredited high school or the equivalent. 
  • Grade Point Average of 2.0 (on a 4.0 scale) if submitting test scores, or 3.0 if not.
  • ACT/SAT test scores are not required for admission. 
  • If you are planning to submit test scores, we require an ACT Composite of 18 or SAT of 860. 
  • Good moral character and future promise. 

We know that all students are unique. If you don’t meet one of these requirements, you will still be given individual consideration; just contact us at admissions@dwu.edu, and we’ll try to make your Wesleyan education a reality. If you are ready to apply, start your free application!

Application Process

Please turn in the following items:

  • A properly completed application for admission.
  • Official copies of high school transcript(s) or GED scores and all college, university, professional school, vocational and technical school transcripts (if applicable). 
  • If you are planning to submit test scores, an official certification of the results of the ACT or SAT. Our test codes are 3906 for ACT and 6155 for SAT. 

Graduate Students

Master of Arts in Education 

To be eligible for admission, you must meet the following criteria: 

  • Bachelor’s degree 
  • Minimum undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 2.7. 
  • An official transcript from your bachelor’s degree-awarding institution 
  • A current resume 
  • A personal statement of 300 to 500 words answering the following questions:  
    • Why do I want to pursue a Master of Arts degree in education from Dakota Wesleyan University?  
    • How do I plan to use what I learn to improve education for our next generation of students? 

Master of Business Administration

To be eligible for admission, you must meet the following criteria: 

  • Bachelor’s degree 
  • If your bachelor’s degree is not in a business-related field, you may complete the required leveling courses through Peregrine Academic Services in order to meet the requirements for admission into the MBA program. The program is self-paced and can be explained in further detail by an admissions counselor.
  • Minimum undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 2.75 
  • An official transcript from your bachelor’s degree-awarding institution 
  • A current resume 
  • Current DWU seniors or DWU graduates with at least a 3.0 GPA can automatically enroll in the MBA program and will only be required to complete the application form. 
  • A personal statement of 300 to 500 words answering the following questions:  
    • What is motivating you to enroll in the MBA program? Specifically, what do you want to learn to do in the MBA program? 
    • If accepted, what is your strategy for managing all of your priorities (school, family/friends, work, etc.)? 
    • What is your timeline? Explain your rationale. 

Graduate Certificate in Practical Church Leadership

To be eligible you must currently be working as a Pastor or an Associate Pastor.

Certificates and Degree Completion

As part of the application process for those seeking a Certificate in Organizational Leadership, Communication for the Digital Age, Nonprofit Administration or Athletic and Activities Administration or those seeking to complete an undergraduate degree, please do the following: 

  • Complete the FREE application. 
  • Submit official transcripts from any college courses that you have taken. 

Any other requirements will be communicated after your application is received. 

International Students

To apply for admission to Dakota Wesleyan University as an international student (F-1 status), you must submit: 

The official International Student Application

  1. Official academic records from all secondary schools and postsecondary education. Official transcripts from all international secondary and post-secondary institutions must be evaluated, course by course, by Education Credential Evaluators (ECE), World Education Services (WES) or International Credential Evaluations (InCRED) before your official acceptance for admission. It is your responsibility to complete and pay for the application process. 
  2. Proof of English proficiency 

    For international students whose native language is not English, you must verify English proficiency by: 

    Taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Submit the official TOEFL examination scores to Dakota Wesleyan University (School Code 6155). You must score at least 500 (paper-based), 200 (computer-based) or 71 (internet-based). 


    Taking the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) examination. You must score a 6 or higher on this test. 


    Submit a Duolingo Score. You must score a 100 or higher on this test. 
  3. As proof of financial support, we require the DWU Statement of Financial Responsibility for International Students form be competed in full and mailed with appropriate documentation to the DWU Admissions office. This form can be found here.

International Student Admission Requirements Deadline

  • For entry at the start of the Fall Semester: June 15 
  • For entry at the start of the Spring Semester: October 1 

All paperwork must be received by DWU before this date. 

Military Students

Welcome, military personnel.

Dakota Wesleyan University is proud to welcome military students. You’ll find that when it comes to becoming a DWU student, we are flexible with our programs and procedures in a variety of areas. Whether it is admissions, counseling, credit transfer, course articulations, recognition of nontraditional learning experiences, scheduling, course format or residency requirements, we’ll take care of you.  

Federal Education and SOC Benefits 

We are approved for federal education benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, as well as a member of the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) Consortium. SOC, established in 1972, consists of national higher education associations and has approximately 1,900 institutional members. 

SOC Consortium institutional members such as DWU subscribe to principles and criteria to ensure that quality academic programs are available to military students. This includes: 

  • Active duty 
  • Coast Guard personnel 
  • Reservists 
  • Members of the National Guard 
  • Family members 
  • Civilian employees of the Department of Defense 
  • Veterans of all branches of the military 

As an SOC consortium member, we ensure that servicemembers and their family members have the same accredited postsecondary educational opportunities that are available to other citizens. Our flexibility is in place to help provide you and your family access to quality higher education programs.  

High School Students

Want to get a head start on your college education? Dakota Wesleyan University offers classes for current high school seniors who have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better.  

To register for a class, you’ll need to complete the registration form.

Make sure to have a school official and a parent sign it. You’ll also need to give us a copy of your current high school transcript. 

As an official dual-enrolled DWU student, you will receive a student ID and username, a campus email address, access to TigerNet, library resources, IT support and more. 

As you prepare your college search, keep in mind that every college and university evaluates classes for credit differently. Ultimately, it is up to the receiving college or university to decide whether or not your credits from DWU will be accepted. 

As an added bonus, taking dual credits at DWU will qualify you for our Dual Credit Scholarship when you enroll as a full-time DWU student. You could earn up to $1,500! 

Nondegree-Seeking Students

Dakota Wesleyan University is pleased to offer nondegree credit for workshop and seminar courses throughout the year.  

Courses are intended for certification, renewal or endorsements. Each course has a fee, and you’ll be expected to sign up before or on the day of the workshop or seminar if you want to attend and receive credit. Simply register using our Nondegree Credit Registration Form and you’ll be on your way.



Please email us or give us a call.

Phone: (605) 995-2650
Email: admissions@dwu.edu