Admission requirements 

Western Michigan University's interdisciplinary health sciences Ph.D. program requires that applicants hold a master's degree and have two years of professional experience in a health and human service related area. Appropriate domains include, but are not limited to: blindness and low vision studies, gerontology, health care administration, holistic health, human service administration, nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, physician assistant, public health, rehabilitation counseling, respiratory therapy, social work, speech-language pathology, audiology and substance abuse. 

Applicants to the program will also be expected to apply to and meet the entrance requirements of WMU graduate admissions.


  1. Minimum of two years of professional experience in health and human services.
  2. Master's degree in a related field with a minimum graduate grade point average of 3.25.
  3. Completion of at least one graduate level course in statistics, with a minimum of a grade B within the last 10 years. (The statistics course may be taken after learning of admission but before doctoral program courses begin.)
  4. Completion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Must present official scores. (Please see application schedule below for deadline.) 

These prerequisites must be met prior to beginning the program.

Application process

You must complete two separate admission applications—WMU graduate admission application and the interdisciplinary health sciences Ph.D. program application. All materials must be received by Friday, Jan. 3, 2014.

1. Graduate admission application 

  • Complete the graduate admission application.
  • International students must apply by going to international admissions.
  • Official transcript(s)—You must request that an official transcript from each institution you attended be sent directly to the Office of Admissions (not needed for WMU transcripts).

2. Interdisciplinary health sciences Ph.D. program application

Application schedule 

Students are admitted every two years and begin coursework in summer II of even-numbered years. Applications may be submitted beginning in the September prior to admission and must be received by the program by Jan. 3 of the year of admission.

Note: The GRE must be taken by Nov. 30, 2013 (WMU code 1902) to ensure results are received by Jan. 3, 2014. For information on the GRE visit the website

Entry date: summer II 2014 (must be available the week of July 21-25, 2014)

Application Available: September 2013

Deadline for receipt of all materials: Jan. 3, 2014

Interview date: Feb. 21, 2014

Offers made: March 2014

On-campus interview day 

On the interview day, applicants will:

  1. Interview with at least two faculty members who will evaluate communication skills, career goals, research interests and educational readiness for doctoral study.
  2. Interview with the program director.
  3. Write the discussion section of a research article provided that day to evaluate critical thinking and scientific writing skills.

Selection process

The admissions committee will select students for admission to the program through a review of the application materials, including application form, CV, personal statement, letters of recommendation, GPA, transcripts, GRE scores, and the interview performance. No more than three students from any one specialty will be admitted to the same cohort. This is designed to ensure the interdisciplinary nature of the cohort.


The program requires the completion of 63 credit hours of study. Approximate costs may be determined by visiting the WMU Registrar's Office website. Please note these costs are subject to change.