Prospective Graduate Students
GRE requirements for the graduate program in the Department of History have been waived until April 2024.
History graduates in the Department of History at Western Michigan University 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.
We urge you to explore and learn about graduate programs, 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.
We have several graduate programs. Review their requirements and find the one that fits your interest:
- 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.
Course offerings and descriptions can be found in the Graduate Catalog
For more information, contact the department graduate studies office:
4352 Friedmann Hall
The Director of Graduate Studies, Dr. Eli Rubin, 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 further information may also contact faculty in specific fields of study with whom they might take classes or write a thesis or dissertation.