Master of Arts

Admission requirements

Students must satisfy all the criteria in the Graduate College Catalog for the Department of Comparative Religion at Western Michigan University. In addition, the Department of Comparative Religion makes several requirements:

  • A statement of 500 words discussing the reasons for wishing to undertake the proposed program of study in comparative religion, the religions the student wishes to study, and the language in which the student wishes to pursue their studies.
  • An academic writing sample of 10-15 pages.
  • Two letters of reference from persons in a position to asses the student's qualifications for master's level study. Return completed reference forms to:

    Director of Graduate Studies
    Department of Comparative Religion
    1903 W Michigan Ave
    Western Michigan University
    Kalamazoo MI 49008-5320
  • GRE examination results (WMU institution code: R1902). International students must submit TOEFL scores of 600 or above.
  • Deadlines are Feb. 15 if you wish to be considered for financial aid and July 1 if you do not.
  • Awarding graduate assistantships is based upon the qualifications of each applicant and dependent upon the availability of funding. A separate application is not required. Applicants will be notified about admission and graduate assistantships via letter by March 15.
  • To begin the process, apply online.
  • Admission checklist.

Financial assistance

Financial assistance in the form of graduate assistantships is available on a competitive basis. These awards normally include waiver of non-resident tuition. The department also awards a number of graduate scholarships and tuition grants.

The Graduate College offers Graduate college Fellowships, available on a competitive basis, as well as Thurgood Marshall Assistantships, available on a competitive basis for students from minority groups. Contact the Graduate College at (269) 387-8212.

Information about student loans and other federal, state, and University need-based financial aid programs may be obtained from the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships at (269) 387-6000.


Information about on-campus housing may be obtained from the Residence Hall Facilities Office at (269) 387-4735 or (800) 545-6006, or from WMU Apartments at (269) 387-2175.