Prospective Graduate Students

GRE requirements for the graduate program in the History Department have been waived for the November 2020, January 2021, and April 2021 application deadlines.


The WMU Department of History is a vibrant place and we welcome your interest in joining us. Our graduate program trains tomorrow's historians for work in a number of settings: academic, public, and private. WMU History graduates teach history at research universities, small liberal arts colleges, community colleges, private schools, and K-12. They curate archives, craft museum exhibits, create documentary films, and serve in government posts like the National Park Service. They are employed by private industry in a host of positions that call upon their advanced history training. Above all, WMU History graduate students go on to produce new scholarly research about the past that they share with others.

Our website provides information on a number of topics and we urge you to explore and learn about our current graduate students (M.A. and Ph.D.), the financial support that exists for graduate study, the accomplishments of our graduate students in the News section, and placement information about our graduate alumni (M.A. and Ph.D.). We have a vibrant intellectual community at Western and we suggest that you delve more deeply to learn about the rich variety of opportunities that exist at WMU and in Kalamazoo.

Our Programs

We have several graduate programs. Review their requirements and find the one that fits your situation:
Accelerated Graduate Degree Program (B.A./M.A. for current WMU students)
4+1 Accelerated Graduate Degree Program (B.A./M.A. for current Aquinas College students)
Graduate Certificate
Graduate Certificate in Cultural and Environmental Heritage Management
Master's degree 
Doctoral degree (current undergraduates should apply for the Master's degree; applicants for the doctoral program should be enrolled in or have completed a Master's program in History or a cognate field)

Need More Information?

If you can't find the answers you seek on our webpages, you are encouraged to contact the department Graduate Studies office: 4352 Friedmann Hall, (269) 387-5394, or The Director of Graduate Studies, Dr. Sally Hadden, can discuss the graduate programs and application process in more detail. If you have a specific question about our programs, you can also contact the Graduate Studies office using our webform.

Individuals seeking more information may also contact faculty in specific fields of study with whom they might take classes or write a thesis or dissertation.