M.A. and Ph.D. Advising

See forms and policies for specific information pertaining to graduate students in the Department of Political Science at Western Michigan University.

Director of graduate studies

Dr. Jim Butterfield

Graduate policy manual

financial assistance

The Department of Political Science offers teaching and research assistantships on a competitive basis to qualified students each year. Assistantship stipends are competitive and include tuition remission. Graduate assistants typically work with faculty members conducting research or teaching undergraduate classes. Consideration for an assistantship is contingent upon admission to one of our graduate programs.

For new students, indicate that you are applying for an assistanship while completing the admissions application in ApplyYourself. For current students, complete the department application for graduate assistanship.

Deadline: Feb. 1 to be considered for financial assistance for the following academic year. There is only one application deadine per year and funding support stars with the fall semester.

Dates and deadlines for graduate students

Ph.D. reading lists

M.A. reading lists

Chronicle of Higher Education excerpts