Apply

Thank you for your interest in applying to this program.

The first step in applying is contacting Sarah Anderson, the admissions manager for this program. She will help guide you through the process.

WMU uses an online graduate application system that allows all applicants to submit all required information into one system - this includes general information for the University, and specific required information for this program.

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.

Application Schedule

  • Primary applications (first preference) are due by January 15 for a summer II start date (even years only)
  • Rolling applications (second preference) are due by June 1, prior to the summer II start date for the incoming cohort (even years only)
Primary Application Deadline
Rolling Application Deadline
Jan. 15, 2022
June 1, 2022
Jan. 15, 2024
June 1, 2024
Jan. 15, 2026
June 1, 2026
Cohort StartsSummer II 2022Summer II 2024Summer II 2026
  • The Interdisciplinary Health Sciences PhD Program at Western Michigan University has recently (2022) modified its admissions procedures to allow for qualified applicants to apply in a rolling admissions process once the primary admissions deadline has passed. Rolling admission (second preference) will be based on the specific needs of the program to admit an interdisciplinary cohort for the incoming class once the initial selection process is completed from the primary application (first preference) pool.

    Note:
    Be advised that funding decisions for doctoral assistantships (DAs) have been allocated in the primary admissions process. Furthermore, international applicants are strongly advised to apply by the primary application deadline for admission, to allow for additional visa processing time.


Selection Process

  1. Applicants will be reviewed and scored based on their application form, CV, personal statement, letters of recommendation, GPA, and transcripts. Note: The GRE is not required (updated May 2021).
  2. Selected applicants will be invited to a half-day interview session. Applicants interview with at least two faculty members who will evaluate communication skills, career goals, research interests and educational readiness for doctoral study.
  3. Candidates for primary admission (first preference) to the program will be selected from the interview pool and notified in early 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.
  4. The Interdisciplinary Health Sciences PhD Program at Western Michigan University has recently (2022) modified its admissions procedures to allow for qualified applicants to apply in a rolling admissions (second preference) process once the​ primary admissions (first preference) deadline has passed. Rolling admissions (second preference) will be based on the specific needs of the program to admit an interdisciplinary cohort for the incoming class. This will occur once the initial selection process is completed from the primary application (first preference) pool. Applicants in the rolling admissions will be notified of admissions on a continuing basis.