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Ph.D.: How to Apply

Materials to be submitted to the Admissions Office

  1. The Application for Graduate Admission
  2. A $50 non-refundable application fee payable to Western Michigan University
  3. An official transcript from each undergraduate and graduate institution you have attended except for WMU
  4. Submit GRE scores, no more than five years old, for verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing components of the examination. Use school code 1902 and department code 4801.

Materials are to be Addressed to:
Office of Admissions: Graduate Division
Western Michigan University
1903 West Michigan Avenue
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5211

Applicants may submit the Application for Graduate Admission online. Online applications can be completed by following the appropriate links on the Graduate Admissions application webpage.

Materials to be submitted to the School of Public Affairs and Administration Office (in the tan envelope)

  1. The Departmental Application Form
  2. Your responses to all four departmental essay questions
  3. Your current resume
  4. Three letters of recommendation using the WMU Graduate Reference Form

Materials are to be Addressed to:
School of Public Affairs and Administration
Western Michigan University
1903 West Michigan Avenue
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5440

Applicants may submit required departmental materials (items 2, 3, and 4 above) online. As noted above, the Application for Graduate Admission may also be filled out online. (NOTE: the online Application for Graduate Admission only needs to be filled out once).

All application materials should be submitted by April 30th to ensure consideration for the fall semester. Late applications may be considered on a space-available basis while earlier applications may be required to meet university financial aid deadlines.

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