Graduate Admissions

Graduate Admissions

Graduate Academic Information


Application Procedures and Requirements

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.

Students in history, English and medieval studies graduate programs at Western Michigan University may be asked to take the graduate reading proficiency exam through the Department of World Languages and Literatures or the Department of Spanish. More information about that exam is available here.

Applicants are asked to include some program-specific information, with a summary for these requirements found below:

Master's Program Requirements

Creative Writing

Doctoral Program Requirements

Creative Writing

Applicants are encouraged to bookmark this information for quick reference while working through the graduate application process.

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We begin accepting applications annually on November 1. Applicants to the Department's graduate programs must submit an application through Apply Yourself, Western Michigan University's online application system. Applications are due by December 15. Applicants are typically informed about admission by late February or early March.

GRE Subject Test

The GRE Subject Test is required for all doctoral applications.  ETS offers this test only three times a year, in April, September, and October.  Doctoral applications without subject test scores will not be considered for admission.

International Applicants:

International Students must also apply to International Admissions and Services.

Master's Program Prerequisites:

Applicants to the Master’s Degree Programs must present a 34-hour undergraduate major with a GPA of at least 3.0. At least 20 hours of the student’s undergraduate major must be in literature, including 15 hours of literature coursework at the junior/senior level. If a student has taken substantial English coursework, but cannot meet the 20-hour literature course requirement, he/she may still apply for admission, but may have to remedy any deficiencies through undergraduate or graduate level coursework.

Doctoral Program Prerequisites:

Applicants to the Doctoral Degree Programs should have an M.A. in English, an M.A. in English with an emphasis in teaching, or an M.F.A. in Creative Writing with a minimum GPA of 3.0. In rare instances, a student may be admitted directly from the B.A. to the Ph.D. level, if he/she also has a great deal of professional or academic experience. Students with Master’s Degrees in areas other than English, English Education, or Creative Writing may have to take extra coursework in order to make up deficiencies.

Note to M.A. in English with an emphasis in teaching Applicants:

M.A. in English with an emphasis in teaching applications are accepted any time of the year; however, M.A. in English with an emphasis in teaching applicants who seek funding must meet the December 15 deadline.


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