Admission requirements 

Western Michigan University's interdisciplinary health sciences Ph.D. program requires that applicants hold a master's degree and have two years of professional experience in a health and human service related area. Appropriate domains include, but are not limited to: blindness and low vision studies, gerontology, health care administration, holistic health, human service administration, nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, physician assistant, public health, rehabilitation counseling, respiratory therapy, social work, speech-language pathology, audiology and substance abuse.


(Must be met prior to beginning the program)

  1. Minimum of two years of professional experience in health and human services.
  2. Master’s degree in a related field with a minimum graduate grade point average of 3.25.
  3. Completion of at least one graduate level course in statistics, with a minimum of a grade B within the last 10 years. (The statistics course may be taken after learning of admission, but before doctoral program courses begin.)
  4. For the 2020 cohort, the GRE should be taken by November 30, 2019 to ensure the scores are received by January 15, 2020. Please submit office GRE scores from Educational Testing Services (ETS) to WMU code: 1902. Applicants must present official scores, which means that the GRE must have been taken within the last 5 years. ETS will not provide institutions with official scores that are older than 5 years. In the event that the GRE is unable to be completed in order to receive scores by January 15, 2020, applicants can submit unofficial scores prior to the interview date.  However, applicants who are invited to interview, but who do not provide official scores by the date of the interview, are not guaranteed admission to the program until all official scores are received.  

Application Schedule

Applications are due by Jan. 15 for a summer II start date.

Note: Applications are only accepted in even years.

Selection Process

  1. Applicants will be reviewed and scored based on their application form, CV, personal statement, letters of recommendation, GPA, transcripts and GRE scores.
  2. Selected applicants will be invited to a half-day interview session (tentatively scheduled for Feb. 24, 2020).
    a.   Applicants interview with at least two faculty members who will evaluate communication skills, career goals, research interests and educational readiness for doctoral study.
    b.   Applicants interview with the program director.
    c.   Applicants will write the discussion section of a research article provided that day to evaluate critical thinking and scientific writing skills.
  3. Candidates for admission to the program will be selected from the interview pool and notified in March. No more than three students from any one specialty will be admitted to the same cohort. This is designed to ensure the interdisciplinary nature of the program.

Application instructions

WMU has an online graduate application system that allows all students (domestic and international) to submit required information into one system. General application information for the University, as well as specific requirements for individual programs, are captured into this system.  

Applicants are asked to include some program-specific information and to follow the order shown in the CV template. Please review the summary of the Ph.D. program requirements. Applicants are encouraged to bookmark this information for quick reference while working through the graduate application process.

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