Admissions and advising for undergraduate programs is located in the College of Education and Human Development.
Transfer credits in family studies and child development majors should contact Kimberly Doudna, Ph.D.


Application instructions

WMU has a new online graduate application system that allows all students (domestic and international) to submit required information into one system. General application information for the University, as well as specific requirements for individual programs, are captured into this system.

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Master of Arts in workforce education and development

Applicants to the workforce education and development master's program should complete the online application, including submitting a resume or curriculum vitae, and written statement. More information can be found on the Master of Arts in workforce education and development page.

Master of Arts in family and consumer sciences

For admission to the master’s program in family and consumer sciences, students must satisfy all the requirements identified in the graduate catalog as well as specific departmental requirements. No one requirement is sufficient to guarantee admission or dictate denial of admission.

  1. Possess a Bachelor of Science from an approved accredited school and a major closely related to the selected concentration.
  2. Have a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the last two years of undergraduate work (child life requires an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale). Non-degree, probationary status may be granted to students with a GPA between 2.5 and 2.99 in the last two years of undergraduate work.  Students with that GPA range may establish eligibility for regular admission to WMU by completing nine credit hours of approved graduate-level courses toward their M.A. with a grade of “B” or better in each course.
  3. Complete the online application.

Note: Applicants submit all of the required application materials for the MA in FCS into the single online application: three letters of reference, transcripts, a resume, a self-statement, and the general application form. The MA in FCS does not require GRE scores.

International students: consults with WMU’s International Admissions and Services. For contact information go to International Admissions.

The Admission Committee reviews completed applications. A completed application includes three letters of reference, transcripts, a self-statement, a resume, and the general application form.

In the online application list the names and email addresses of at least three people who have agreed to write letters of reference. The system will send each an email with a link where the letter can be uploaded. A minimum of three uploaded letters is required for a complete application.

Please prepare a statement that covers the following information, and attach it within the online application:
In the first sentence of the statement, indicate if you are applying for admission to the child life, dietetics, family life education, or textile and apparel studies option. In the statement, summarize your experiences in academic, professional, research, creative, or scholarly activities, and indicate how these experiences make you an ideal candidate for graduate study in your selected program. Also address how these activities align with the strengths of your chosen program and faculty, and with your professional goals, including future job positions. This statement (double-spaced and between 500 – 1500 words) should demonstrate your communication skills and writing competence.

Include the following information in a resume:
1. Education
Colleges and universities attended with dates of attendance, graduation, or expected graduation.

2. Licensures, Credentials, Awards

3. Employment History, Internship(s), and Volunteer Experience
Create a section for each and include:

  • Title of position and employer, internship location, or volunteer site
  • Date of employment, internship, or volunteer experience (e.g., May 2015 – November 2016) and time worked (full-time at 40 hours per week, or part-time and the number of hours per week)
  • Responsibilities, tasks, and/or accomplishments

4. Other
Include other details pertinent to the MA in FCS option.

Child life concentration

Child life application deadlines are January 15 (for summer session and fall semester), March 26 (for fall or spring semesters), and October 1 (for spring semester and summer session). All materials, including three (3) required letters of reference and transcripts, must be received by the deadline. Following the deadline, selected applicants will be invited to a required interview as part of the application process.

Admission requirements for the child life program are:

  • An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • A bachelor’s degree in family studies, child and family development, or a related field.
  • An undergraduate practicum or internship with direct experience working with children, youth, and families.
  • Undergraduate coursework in medical terminology, anatomy and physiology with a grade of B or better. Applicants who have not had this coursework may be considered for admission; however, if admitted, the student must successfully complete the coursework before attending or while in the graduate program. Transcripts documenting successful completion of coursework will be necessary. This coursework will not be counted as part of the graduate degree.

Dietetics concentration

Admission to the dietetics concentration for those accepted into the WMU Dietetic Internship program within the past five years requires:

  • Completion of the WMU Graduate School online application form; however, do NOT submit a resume, recommendation letters, or a written statement to the Graduate School since these were previously submitted as part of your DICAS application.
  • Submission of transcripts to the Graduate School in addition to the WMU Dietetic Internship Program.
  • The GRE is not required.

At this time, admission to the Dietetics concentration for those who have not completed the WMU dietetic internship in the past five years requires:

  • Verification of completion of a dietetic internship or a registered dietitian.
  • Completion of the WMU Graduate School online application form, including a written statement to the Graduate School and recommendation letters.
  • Submission of transcripts to the Graduate School.

Family life education concentration

Applicants to the family life education concentration should complete the online application, including references, at least two months prior to the semester they wish to begin taking classes.

Textile and apparel studies

Applicants to the textile and apparel studies concentration should complete the graduate college application, and include a resume within the online application describing previous post-secondary education and professional work experience. Resume should indicate the exact title of each position; firm where employed; the duration of each position. Also note volunteer, extracurricular activities and particular educational and professional awards or accomplishments.

Graduate advisors

Graduate teaching assistants

The Department of Family and Consumer Sciences typically hires two or three teaching assistants during the fall and spring Semesters. Graduate students wishing to be considered for one of these positions should send a letter of interest and a resume to Dr. Richard Zinser.

Accelerated Graduate Degree Program (AGDP)

MA in Family and Consumer Sciences
Child Life and Family Life Education emphasis areas

Qualifying students can accumulate up to 12 credit hours toward the Master of Arts in Family and Consumer Sciences while enrolled as undergraduates in the Family Studies major, the Child and Family Development major, or the Youth and Community Development major. Designated 5000- and 6000-level courses are counted in both the bachelor’s degree and the master’s degree.

Admission Criteria:

  • Declared major in Family Studies or in Child and Family Development
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 (based on at least 45 earned credit hours, 15 of which shall be earned at Western Michigan University) and 3.5 GPA in the major (based on at least 12 earned credit hours)
  • Meet general admission criteria for the MA in FCS

To Apply

1. As early as possible in the academic junior year, contact Dr. Karen Blaisure (September – June) or Dr. Richard Zinser (July – August) to discuss this AGDP option and review the requirements, timelines, and application procedures.

2. Apply for a graduation audit even if you have not completed 88 credit hours.

3. Complete an online admissions application. Go to WMU Apply and select the application type "Accelerated degree seeking - only available to current WMU undergraduate student." In a dropdown menu look for MA in FCS – Accelerated. The application is considered complete when all required information is received, including three letters of reference, transcripts, a resume, and a self- statement).

For More Information

Dr. Karen Blaisure, FCS Graduate Advisor (September - June)
Dr. Richard Zinser, Interim FCS Department Chair (July - August)