Within the online application system, applicants must provide general information (including educational history details), as well as the following specific program requirements.

Applicants must also request official transcripts, and any required graduate test and/or language proficiency official scores, be sent to WMU.

Application deadlines

For full consideration of funding, our application deadline is February 15. We will consider applications on a rolling basis thereafter.

Resume/Curriculum Vitae (CV)

A resume or curriculum vitae (CV) is required; please submit within the online application system.

Graduate test

This program requires the General GRE.

Note: International applicants may have to provide evidence of English language proficiency. More information can be found within the online application.


This program requires three recommendations. Please send email requests for such recommendations from within the online system.

Written statement

Please prepare a statement which covers the following information, and attach it within the online application:

Please upload a personal statement that discusses your relevant personal and academic background, as well as scholarly interests. Also indicate how your background and interests make you an ideal candidate for graduate study in philosophy. Finally, indicate why this graduate program is a good fit for you, preferably by reference to areas of departmental strength or preferred faculty mentors. This statement should be approximately two double-spaced pages and should demonstrate your communication skills and writing competence.

Previous written work

One (1) writing sample required (to be attached within the online application).

Other program materials

This program does not require any other program materials to be submitted.

Additional information

Applicants are also expected to have:

- Completed a minimum of 12 semester hours of undergraduate work in philosophy, including: (a) a course in the history of modern philosophy, and (b) a course in symbolic logic.

- Achieved a 3.0 or above overall grade point average in the applicant's undergraduate philosophy courses.

If you do not meet the above requirements, please contact the department's director of graduate admissions for advice (269/387-4390). You may be able to obtain a provisional admission.

If you have any questions, please review the website below for program and contact information.

Department of Philosophy — College of Arts and Sciences

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