Applying to the Accelerated Degree Program


A prospective student who meets the eligibility requirements must set a meeting with the interdisciplinary health services advisor and the blindness and low vision graduate advisor to develop plans of work for the bachelor's and master's degree programs.

Before admission to the accelerated degree program can be finalized, students must submit the standard application for admission to Western Michigan University Graduate College including:

  1. An application
  2. Application fee
  3. Copy of all transcripts
  4. A plan of graduate work, signed by the prospective student, the undergraduate program director and the graduate program director
  5. Undergraduate GPA (at the time of application) of 3.3 or higher

The plan of graduate work for the master's degree must clearly indicate:

  1. The 5000- and 6000-level courses (a maximum of 12 graduate credit hours) that will be counted for both the bachelor's and master's degrees.
  2. The graduation date for the master's degree that meets the time limit for the accelerated degree program (i.e., obtaining a masters degree in blindness and low vision studies within 24 months of completing the bachelor's degree). Any changes to the program plan must be submitted in writing and approved by the graduate program advisor and the graduate dean.

Criteria for admission

Permission to pursue an accelerated degree program does not guarantee admission to the Graduate College. Admission is contingent on meeting and following eligibility requirements at the time of entering the graduate program:

  1. Students must have completed a minimum of 88 and a maximum of 96 credit hours in their undergraduate programs, including credits earned from advanced placement.
  2. Transfer students must meet the University requirements for transferring credits from another institution.
  3. Students must have a minimum accumulated grade point average of 3.3 at WMU and 3.3 in blindness and low vision studies courses.
  4. International students must clarify their visa status with the Office of International Admissions and Services before submitting an admission application.

Admission to the accelerated degree program does not guarantee admission to the Graduate College. However, successful completion of an undergraduate degree under the accelerated degree program (see requirements for participation and graduation) will ensure admission to the Graduate College.