How To Apply

How To Apply

How to Apply


Academic Requirements for Admission

Master of Arts programs:

  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution.
  • Undergraduate major in history or a closely allied discipline in the social sciences of humanities. Applicants with substantial course work in history, together with preparation in allied social sciences and humanities, also may be considered.
  • An undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4-point scale; GPA in history and course work in allied disciplines preferably will be higher.
  • Students with outstanding academic records but lacking in requisite course work may be admitted subject to completion of additional undergraduate course work.

Doctor of Philosophy program:

  • Master’s degree in history or a closely related discipline.
  • GPA in undergraduate and previous graduate course work of at least 3.25 GPA in history and course work in closely allied disciplines preferably will be higher.
  • Applicants with outstanding undergraduate records may be admitted directly to the doctoral program only under extraordinary circumstances.

Master’s candidates admitted to the doctoral program without a completed degree must finish their master’s degree by the end of the first semester of doctoral course work or they will be placed on a conditional admission status.

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Admission Types

Regular Admission:

Applicants who meet academic requirements for admission.

Conditional Admission:

Applicants to the M.A. program who meet general academic requirements but not specific program requirements may be admitted, but only with conditions. These are stipulated at the time of admission and must be addressed satisfactorily within the first calendar year of study.

Applicants to the PhD program admitted conditionally who fulfill the conditions of admission may continue in the program only after a formal review by the Graduate Studies Committee.

Probationary Admission:

Applicants to the M.A. program who do not meet academic requirements may receive probationary admission, subject to available space in the programs. Specific requirements for probationary admission, subject to available space in the programs. Specific requirements for probationary students are stipulated at the time of admission. A maximum of 9 semester hours of graduate credit taken under probationary admission may be applied to a degree program.

Non-degree Admission:

A student with a bachelor's degree who wishes to enroll in courses, but does not plan to pursue a program leading to a graduate degree, or is not presently eligible for admission, may enroll in the Graduate College under non-degree status. Non-degree students may enroll in graduate History courses-subject to any listed prerequisites on a space-available basis. The department reserves the right to drop non-degree students from courses in order to accommodate degree students in History as well as other disciplines.

Up to nine credit hours of non-degree classes can be counted toward a master's degree if the student is admitted to the program.

Maintaining Active Admission Status:

Graduate students retain active admission status for one calendar year from the date of admission, or one calendar year from the date of most recent enrollment in courses. If your active admission status lapses, you must apply to the Graduate College for readmission subject to departmental approval and current program requirements; you may also need to complete the history department application again.

Waivers:

Any request for a waiver of any requirements for admission must be made in writing to the Director of Graduate Studies, who will rule on waivers after consultation with the Graduate Admissions Committee.

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Application Procedures for International Students

Students who are not citizens of the United States must obtain an admission form from the Office of International Student Services (A-414 Ellsworth Hall: 387-5865) and apply to that office. The office’s application deadline for MA students is March 15 for the fall semester and September 15 for the Winter Semester. For doctoral students, the Department of History application deadline is January 15 for fall semester admission. You must also complete the Department of History application forms.

In addition to credential required of all students, international students whose native language is other than English are required to submit TOEFL scores. The department prefers scores of 600 or above. Applicants requesting financial aid may be requested to exhibit further evidence of fluency in English.

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Application Deadlines

For students seeking admission and funding for the fall semester the deadline is January 15.

For students seeking only admission for fall semester all applications should be submitted as early in the spring as possible. To be guaranteed full consideration for admission, applications are due no later than April 15.

For students seeking only admision for the spring semester all applications should be submitted as early as possible, but no later than November 1 to be guaranteed full consideration.

Occasionally late applications may be granted admission, but only if faculty are available to serve as supervising professors and if there is adequate space in the program.

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Application Forms

Applicants must submit their applications in two parts: 1) the Department of History application form and 2) the Office of Admissions online graduate application.

Department of History Application Form
Office of Admissions online graduate application
Department of History Letter of Reference Form
Department of History Application Checklist

All applicants should read the Graduate Funding section of this website carefully since other application materials may be necessary if you apply for particular kinds of financial support.

Graduate Admissions Information

For more information on graduate student admissions, applicants should carefully read both the graduate funding section of this website and the graduate college’s information page. You may also contact the Department of History .

Department of History
Western Michigan University
1903 Michigan Avenue
Kalamazoo , MI 49008-5334
(269) 387-4650
mitch.kachun@wmich.edu
www.wmich.edu/history

Dr. Mitch Kachun
Director of Graduate Studies
mitch.kachun@wmich.edu

Dr. J.A. Brandão, Department Chair
Jose.brandao@wmich.edu

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Department of History
4301 Friedmann Hall
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5334 USA
(269) 387-4650 | (269) 387-4651 Fax
dorilee.schieble@wmich.edu