Master's Admissions—International Students

Graduate admission at Western Michigan University requires preparation of two sets of application forms—one for the Office of International Admissions and Services and another for the Department of Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology. Once completed, both sets of application forms must be returned to:

Office of International Admissions and Services
A411 Ellsworth Hall
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo MI 49009-5246 USA

If you are a permanent resident, please follow the application process for U.S. students.

Master's program admissions for international applicants

All master's degree application materials must be received by our office on or before the appropriate application deadline. The Department of Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology has three different application deadlines for master's program admissions during the year:

  • Jan. 15 for ensuing summer and fall semester
  • May 15, also for the ensuing fall semester
  • Sept. 15 for the following spring semester

Applicants interested in beginning their graduate master's degree studies in the fall semester are encouraged to meet the Jan. 15 application deadline. This allows applicants to receive admission offers well in advance of the fall semester. Also, applicants who plan to seek assistantships or campus employment beginning in the fall semester should apply by Jan. 15 to be competitive for such assistance or positions.

Please note that counselor education and counseling psychology master's program application deadlines are different from the general published deadlines on the  Office of International Admissions and Services website. Applications should be sure to meet applicable Office of International Admissions and Services and department deadlines for the semester they wish to begin their graduate studies.

To apply, print the international student application form. Submit your completed application, an official TOEFL score report (required minimum is 500 on written portion; required minimum is 173 on computer-based testing) and other documents for processing immigration documents.

Next, complete the following. Remember, both the international and the CECP departmental application forms must be returned to OISS first.

  • Transcripts: A complete set of transcripts (translated in English) from each college or university you have attended, except WMU.
  • Department of Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology master's programs application, program choice form and three recommendation forms.
  • Professional goals statement: On no more than two typewritten, double-spaced pages, write an essay discussing your professional goals. Give attention to work with racial or ethnic minorities and diverse populations throughout your essay. Include information about:
    1. Your reason for wanting to be in a specific program.
    2. Your professional goals as they relate to that program.
    3. An assessment of your personal assets and liabilities.
    4. Life experiences that might be useful in your work as a helping professional, including your worth with racial/ethnic minorities and diverse populations.
  • Resume: on no more than two pages. In addition to the standard elements of a resume (e.g., educational and paid work experiences, etc.), be sure you identify and clearly label all volunteer human services experience, including starting and ending dates.

Please be sure that all of your materials have been received by Office of International Admissions and Services at least two weeks prior to the department deadline for applications. Applicants may be interviewed as a final step in the application process. It is your responsibility to keep the department updated regarding any change of address or telephone numbers where you may be contacted. If admitted by the department, Office of International Admissions and Services will send applicants an admission letter and immigration documents necessary to obtain a student visa.

Doctoral program admissions for international applicants

Doctoral admissions is specific to either the counselor education doctoral program or counseling psychology doctoral program. The deadline for receipt of all admission materials for the counseling psychology program is Jan. 10 and Feb. 1 for the counselor education program. Please note that Department of Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology doctoral students begin their doctoral studies in the fall semester and our doctoral program admission deadlines are earlier than the general application deadlines for Office of International Admissions and Services.

Contact information

Office of International Admissions and Services
A411 Ellsworth Hall
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5246 USA
Phone: (269) 387-5865
Fax: (269) 387-5899