Free Fifth Year for a Graduate Degree


Western Michigan University is the only place that offers every undergraduate an opportunity to earn a masters degree for free.


  • Every WMU student will have the opportunity to complete a graduate degree at WMU, tuition free.
  • Students will have more opportunities upon graduation with increased completion credentials.
  • WMU will have an enhanced reputation among high school counselors and prospective students, increasing our ability to recruit outstanding undergraduate students.
  • The opportunity for to receive a fifth year free will encourage student to complete bachelor's degrees in four years.
  • WMU's graduate programs will benefit from enrolling outstanding students.


Every undergraduate completing a bachelor's degree at WMU in four years with a minimum 3.0 GPA will be provided a one year tuition scholarship to complete an accelerated graduate degree program. We have more that 25 AGDPs, with more created all the time. Our undergraduate-only, or primarily undergraduate, competitors cannot offer this range of excellent master's programs, while our doctoral research intensive competitors tend to focus more on doctoral rather than master's programs.