Apply to the Master of International Development Administration Program

Applications for admission are welcomed for the Master of International Development Administration (MIDA) program in the Department of Political Science at Western Michigan University. The MIDA program requires all applicants:

  • Have some background in political science, economics, and/or other social sciences
  • Have an overall grade point average of at least 3.0 in undergraduate coursework
  • Hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution
  • International applicants may have additional university required items. WMU International Admissions and Services counselors can assist international students in questions regarding these items. Many answers can also be found at including contact information.
The department may require the student to make up deficiencies in undergraduate preparation.


Application instructions

WMU has a new 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, with a summary for these requirements for the Master of International Development found in the Graduate Catalog. Applicants are encouraged to bookmark this information for quick reference while working through the graduate application process.

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Thank you for your interest in applying for this graduate program.

Application deadlines

Application deadlines for admission (citizens and permanent residents only):

  • Fall semester deadline: June 15; term begins late August.
  • Spring semester deadline: Nov. 1; term begins early January.
Application deadlines for admission (international students)
  • Fall semester deadline: April 1; term begins late August
  • Spring semester deadline: August 1; term begins early January
For more information regarding international student admissions see International Admissions and Services 

The application deadline for graduate assistantships and associateships:

  • Feb. 1—There is only one application deadline per year. Applicants wishing to be considered for funding must also have their admissions application completed by the February 1 deadline.