We begin accepting applications annually on November 1. Applicants to the Department's graduate programs must submit an application through Apply Yourself, Western Michigan University's online application system. Applications are due by January 1. Applicants are typically informed about admission by late February or early March.
International Students must also apply to International Admissions and Services.
Applicants to the Master’s Degree Programs must present a 34-hour undergraduate major with a GPA of at least 3.0. At least 20 hours of the student’s undergraduate major must be in literature, including 15 hours of literature coursework at the junior/senior level. If a student has taken substantial English coursework, but cannot meet the 20-hour literature course requirement, he/she may still apply for admission, but may have to remedy any deficiencies through undergraduate or graduate level coursework.
Applicants to the Doctoral Degree Programs should have an M.A. in English, an M.A. in English with an emphasis in teaching, or an M.F.A. in Creative Writing with a minimum GPA of 3.0. In rare instances, a student may be admitted directly from the B.A. to the Ph.D. level, if he/she also has a great deal of professional or academic experience. Students with Master’s Degrees in areas other than English, English Education, or Creative Writing may have to take extra coursework in order to make up deficiencies.
M.A. in English with an emphasis in teaching applications are accepted any time of the year; however, M.A. in English with an emphasis in teaching applicants who seek funding must meet the January 1 deadline.