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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

Students should contact Linda Dove.


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 career and technical education

Applicants to the career and technical education 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 career and technical education Web page.

Master of Arts in family and consumer sciences requirements

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.

Child life concentration

The child life is a new concentration. To be considered for fall 2015 enrollment, the online application should be completed by 15 January 2015, including references. Interviews with applicants will be held during spring 2015.
Admission requirements for the child life program are:

Dietetics concentration

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

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

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 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. Gary Bischof.