Applicant criteria and application process
The following criteria will be used to make admission decisions in the Ph.D. program. In order to be competitive, you must:
- Have an undergraduate degree with at least a 3.0 grade point average.
- Have a master’s degree in public administration or a related academic discipline with at least a 3.25 grade point average in all graduate coursework.
- Have at least four years of supervisory or administrative experience, preferably in public serving organizations.
- Provide three letters of recommendation, at least one of which should be from a person acquainted with the applicant’s professional work and at least one of which should be familiar with the applicant’s graduate-level academic work (use the WMU Graduate Reference Form).
- Submit the completed University online application for Graduate Admission, with paid application fee.
- Responses to the required essay questions.
- Submit a complete and up-to-date professional resume.
- Provide Graduate record examination (GRE) scores for the quantitative, verbal, and analytical written parts of the examination.
WMU has an 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.
All application materials should be submitted by Feb 1 to ensure consideration for the Fall semester. Late applications may be considered on a space available basis while earlier applications may be required for a student to meet university financial aid deadlines. An interview with members of the School’s faculty may be requested as part of the admissions process.
The School of Public Affairs and Administration anticipates accepting 4 to 8 new students each fall semester. The Ph.D. committee, comprised of members of the School of Public Affairs and Administration faculty, makes admission decisions and forwards them to Western Michigan University's Office of Graduate Admissions or the Office of International Student Support Services for final processing.
*Please note that the School of Public Affairs and Administration does not admit Ph.D. students on a conditional basis at any time.
We are eager to help! Please contact the School of Public Affairs and Administration office with any questions concerning the Ph.D. in public administration program.
Phone: (269) 387-8930
We look forward to hearing from you!