Admission requirements for the Master of Arts in Spanish
Students must satisfy the following requirements in the Department of Spanish
at Western Michigan University as well as all other requirements listed in the graduate catalog.
- Have a bachelor's degree in Spanish (32 hours above the first year of university-level
Spanish) or an equivalent degree from an accredited college or university in the
United States or abroad.
Have a 3.0 grade point average or better (on a 4.0 scale) for all undergraduate
- Submit two letters of recommendation from persons familiar with the applicant's
academic background and Spanish language skills
- Submit a brief statement of career objectives and academic and professional interests
Applicants who do not meet all of the departmental requirements may be admitted at
the discretion of the Spanish graduate faculty. In such cases, students may be required
to do preparatory course work to remove certain deficiencies.
Admission requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy in Spanish
Students must satisfy the following departmental
requirements, as well as all other requirements listed in WMU's Graduate Catalog.
- Have a Master of Arts in Spanish from WMU or an equivalent degree from another
Have an overall grade point average of at least 3.25 for all graduate courses.
- Submit two official transcripts from each institution attended since high school.
- Submit scores on the GRE General Test.
- Submit three letters of recommendation from persons qualified to assess the applicant's
academic potential for Ph.D. study in Spanish.
- Submit a 500-word statement written by the applicant in which the applicant describes
principal academic and career interests and goals, as well
as reasons for desiring to
study in WMU's Spanish program.
- Submit a writing sample in Spanish (ordinarily this is a paper written in a course
taken during the M.A. program or presented at a conference).
- Participate in an interview in Spanish, either in person
or by telephone.
Applicants who do not meet all of the departmental conditions may be admitted at
the discretion of the Spanish graduate faculty. In
such cases, students may be required to do preparatory course work to remove certain
Admission requirements for The Graduate College
The application process students use depends on convenience
and/or nationality and residency status.
U.S. citizens and resident aliens
citizens and resident aliens may apply using either the online or printable application. See application deadlines below.
If you have questions regarding the application process, please contact:
Phone: (800) 400-4WMU
Department of Spanish
Fax: (269) 387-3103
Dr. Patricia Montilla, graduate advisor
International students can complete the online application or ask for the assistance of WMU's International Services and Student Affairs office. See application deadlines below.
- Fall semester:
- U.S. students and any students requesting assistanships or financial aid: Feb. 15
- International students: Jan. 1
- Spring semester:
- U.S. students and any students requesting assistanships or financial aid: Oct. 15
students: Aug. 1
- Summer I session:
- U.S. students: Mar. 1
students: Jan. 1
- Summer II session:
- U.S. students: May 1
students: No new admissions accepted
The Department of Spanish will consider late admission applications if enrollment is not full and will consider late assistantship applications if all positions are not filled. Early application is particularly important
for international students.