Within the online application system, applicants must provide general information (including educational history details), as well as the following specific program requirements.

Applicants must also request official transcripts, and any required graduate test and/or language proficiency official scores, be sent to WMU.

Application deadlines

On-going; students may be admitted for each semester. International students must apply for fall, spring or summer I.

To be considered for a graduate assistantship, applicants must:
1) Complete the graduate application no later than February 15. This includes having all required materials uploaded, such as written statements, CVs, recommendations, etc. This also means that all transcripts and test scores are received and processed by WMU. Note: Since it often takes three to four weeks from the date you order these documents until they are received, processed and electronically uploaded by WMU to your application, it is strongly recommended that you try to have your application complete at least two weeks ahead of these deadlines to ensure consideration.
2) Complete the graduate assistantship application form and mail, email or fax it to Kathy Wright (contact information is listed on the application form) by February 15. More information about graduate assistantship opportunities, as well as the application form itself can be found at

Resume/Curriculum Vitae (CV)

A resume or curriculum vitae (CV) is required; please submit within the online application system.

Graduate test

This program requires the General GRE.

Note: International applicants may have to provide evidence of English language proficiency. More information can be found within the online application.


This program requires three recommendations. Please send email requests for such recommendations from within the online system.

Written statement

Please prepare a statement which covers the following information, and attach it within the online application:

Summarize your experiences in academic, professional, research, creative, or scholarly activities, and indicate how these experiences make you an ideal candidate for graduate study in your selected program. Also address how these activities align with the strengths of your chosen program and faculty, and with your professional goals, including future job positions. This statement (double-spaced and between 500 – 1500 words) should demonstrate your communication skills and writing competence.

Previous written work

This program does not require any previous written work be submitted.

Other program materials

Complete this program supplemental application program form, save it using your last name in the document name, and then submit the saved document within the online application.

Additional information

To monitor the status of your application materials, such as whether recommendations, transcripts and test scores have been received and processed by WMU, please log in to ApplyYourself. If you have any questions about the status of your application, the application process or the program, please review the website below for information and contact information.

If you have any questions, please review the website below for program and contact information.

Department of Geosciences — College of Arts and Sciences

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