Prospective Graduate Students

Two students working in the Rawlinson Center libaryThe Medieval Institute boasts a 60-year-old master’s program in medieval studies, the first such program at a state-supported university in the U.S. The program blends traditional emphases on language skills and primary texts with a wide variety of courses on leading-edge subjects in premodern studies taught by faculty across many disciplines. Graduates of the program have gone on to doctorates in a variety of fields, teach in secondary and higher education and pursue careers in areas such as publishing, government service, libraries and archives and more. We urge you to explore and learn more about our programs of study, financial aid, our vibrant intellectual community and the rich variety of opportunities that exist in medieval studies at Western Michigan University.


  • Graduate assistantships offering stipend and tuition waivers.
  • Pedagogical training and teaching experience.
  • Professionalization workshops to aid in career-building.
  • Subsidized travel to seminars, workshops and annual graduate conference at the Newberry Library, Chicago.
  • Affordable location in Kalamazoo, a mid-sized city with a flourishing local arts scene and a commitment to education.

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How to apply

Learn more about the application process here. The application deadline is January 10 for fall (August) admission.

We value diversity and welcome applications from historically under-represented groups in the field of medieval studies.