Admissions Information

Admissions Information

With more than 140 bachelor's degree areas, 69 master's and 29 doctoral-level programs, Western Michigan University offers a program that is just right for you. 

WMU undergraduate programs

WMU graduate programs

Application deadlines

Semester Fall Spring Summer I
Deadline  April 1 Aug. 1 Jan. 15 
Term begins Early September Early January Early May

Note: Applications will be accepted for processing after the deadline. However, we cannot guarantee that late applications will be completed in time for your semester of choice. The application consideration date will be changed to the next available semester, if necessary.

Click here for a list of WMU academic programs, which includes specific program requirements (GRE, GMAT scores, etc.)

Degree transfer programs

Bachelor's degree international admission
(including freshmen and transfer admission)

The International Admissions and Services office handles all phases of the international bachelor's admission process. To determine an applicant's admissibility to Western Michigan University, our admissions staff reviews the academic credentials and evaluates international transfer credit. A Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.5 on a U.S. 4-point scale, or equivalent, is strongly recommended.

In addition, financial support documents, an English proficiency score (TOEFL 500 PBT, or 61 iBT for restricted enrollment; 550 PBT, or 80 iBT for unrestricted enrollment), and the application fee must also be provided to International Admissions and Services. When all these materials are provided and the admission criteria are met, International Admissions staff issues the initial Certificates of Eligibility (I-20 or DS-2019) to admitted students.

Master's and doctorate international admission

Applying to graduate school at Western Michigan University involves our office as well as the academic program in which you have an interest. In addition to obtaining the international student application (access to online and paper application below), you should request application materials from the specific WMU academic program to which you wish to apply.  Individual programs may impose additional admission requirements.

Send all application materials to International Admissions and Services (Exceptions: Exchange students—send materials to Jane Blyth). After our office reviews your materials, we will forward them to the program of your interest. The program then reviews your application and required documents, and informs us of the admission decision. This process may take 9-12 weeks depending on the program department's procedures.

Online application

Paper application

Submit the following items to apply by paper:

  • Completed application.
  • $100 application fee.
  • Complete and official transcripts of secondary and undergraduate studies as well as copies of diplomas, certificates or degrees earned. These must be translated into English and list course titles and grades (marks) received for each. Specific information about translation certification is accessible in this form.
  • Provide proof of English competency. The following tests and scores are accepted at Western Michigan University as measures of English language proficiency—WMU English language requirements. This requirement is waived for students from certain countries. Some graduate programs may require a higher score.
  • Proof of financial resources, per the application.
  • Passport—copy of the identification page (with photo).
  • Send application and all materials to:

    Western Michigan University
    International Admissions and Services
    1903 W Michigan Ave
    Kalamazoo MI  49008-5246

Graduate applicants are advised to contact the academic department of interest for comprehensive program information and requirements. WMU graduate and undergraduate programs listings.

International Admissions and Services makes an initial admission review within two to four weeks of receiving application packages. At this point, the applicant is informed of their admission status, or in the case of an incomplete application, which documents are missing.  This notification is sent via email. For graduate applicants, after initial screening, applications are sent to the academic department for review. This step may add an additional 8 to 12 weeks, or longer, to the application process. All University admission letters and immigration documents for undergraduate and graduate international students are issued by IAS.  Some graduate programs also issue separate departmental admission letters.

Center for English Language and Culture for International Students (CELCIS)
Western Michigan University 
1903 W Michigan Ave 
Kalamazoo MI USA 49008-5223 
Phone:(269) 387-4800
Fax: (269) 387-4806 

NOTE: Advanced standing (transfer credits) will be considered for higher level IB courses completed with a grade of 5 or higher. The ACT/SAT is not required for non-immigrant visa holders. However, all NCAA athletes must submit SAT scores.