Jan 24, 2021  
Undergraduate Catalog 2020-21 
Undergraduate Catalog 2020-21

The Graduate College

Graduate College

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Christine Byrd-Jacobs

Chris Coryn
Director, Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Evaluation

Michael Harnar
Assistant Professor, Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Evaluation

As Western Michigan University’s primary advocate for graduate study, the Graduate College promotes academic excellence by shaping graduate policy and assisting departments who offer a wide variety of programs leading to the master’s, specialist, and doctoral degrees.

An Accelerated Graduate Degree Program (AGDP) allows eligible WMU students the opportunity to complete both an undergraduate degree and a master’s degree in less time because the student may begin taking graduate courses while still an undergraduate. During their senior year of their undergraduate careers, students in the accelerated program may substitute up to 12 credit hours of graduate course work for undergraduate course work. Once they enter graduate school, they’re able to quickly move through their master’s degree (or Au.D.) requirements because they’ve already taken several graduate classes. Accelerated degrees are offered for the following master’s programs: Aerospace Engineering; Applied Economics; Biological Sciences (MA); Biological Sciences (MS); ; Chemical Engineering; Chemistry; Civil Engineering; Communication; Computer Engineering; Computer Science; Earth Science;; Electrical Engineering; English; Family and Consumer Sciences; Hispanic Studies; History; History: Public History; Industrial Engineering; Mathematics; Mechanical Engineering; Medieval Studies; Music; Orientation and Mobility; Paper and Printing Science; Political Science; Sociology; Statistics; Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages; Vision Rehabilitation Therapy; Workforce Education and Development; Youth and Community Development. The Au.D. in Audiology is also offered as an accelerated program.

The Master of Arts is awarded in the following programs: Anthropology; Applied Economics; Applied Economics: Economic Development; Applied Economics: Statistics and Econometrics; Art Education; Biological Sciences; Chemistry; Communication; Comparative Religion; Counseling Psychology; Counselor Education: Clinical Mental Health Counseling; Counselor Education: College Counseling; Counselor Education: Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling; Counselor Education: Rehabilitation Counseling; Counselor Education: Rehabilitation Teaching; Counselor Education: School Counseling;  Educational and Instructional Technology; Educational Leadership: Educational and Global Leadership; Educational Leadership: Higher Education and Student Affairs; Educational Leadership: K-12 Principal and Interscholastic Athletic Administration; Educational Leadership: K-12 School Principal; English; English: Professional Writing; English: Teaching; Evaluation, Measurement, and Research; Family and Consumer Sciences; Hispanic Studies; History; History: Public History; Literacy Studies; Mathematics; Mathematics Education; Medieval Studies; Music; Organizational Change Leadership; Orientation and Mobility; Orientation and Mobility for Children; Philosophy; Physical Education: Adapted Physical Education; Physical Education: Coaching Sport Performance; Physical Education: Pedagogy; Physics; Political Science; Psychology: Behavior Analysis; Psychology: Industrial/Organizational Behavior Management; Science Education; Sociology; Special Education: Administration; Special Education: Clinical Teacher; Special Education: Master Teacher; Spirituality, Culture and Health; Sport Management; Teaching Children With Visual Impairment; Teaching Children with Visual Impairment/Orientation and Mobility (dual MA); Teaching Chinese as a Second Language; Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages; Teaching, Learning, and Educational Studies; Teaching, Learning, and Educational Studies: Curriculum and Instruction; Teaching, Learning, and Educational Studies: Early Childhood Education; Teaching, Learning, and Educational Studies: Early Elementary Teaching; Teaching, Learning, and Educational Studies: Educational Foundation; Teaching, Learning, and Educational Studies: Teacher Leader; Teaching: Secondary Education; Teaching: Secondary Mathematics Teacher Education; Teaching: Secondary Science Teacher Education; Vision Rehabilitation Therapy; Workforce Education, Development, and Leadership; Workforce Education, Development, and Leadership: Post-Baccalaureate Certification; and Youth and Community Development.

The University also offers the Master of Science in the following areas: Aerospace Engineering; Applied and Computational Mathematics; Athletic Training; Biological Sciences; Chemistry; Computer Science; Data Science; Earth Science; Engineering Management; Exercise Science; Geography; Geosciences; Information Security: Computer Information Systems; Information Security: Computer Science; Manufacturing Engineering; Paper and Printing Science; Speech-Language Pathology;  Statistics; and Supply Chain Management.

Other master’s degrees include Accountancy (MSA); Social Work (MSW); International Development Administration (MIDA); Public Administration (MPA); Business Administration (MBA); Music Composition (MM); Music Conducting (MM); Music Education (MM); Music Performance (MM); Music Therapy (MM); Creative Writing (MFA); Public Health (MPH); Chemical Engineering (MSE); Civil Engineering (MSE); Computer Engineering (MSE); Electrical Engineering (MSE); Industrial Engineering (MSE); Mechanical Engineering (MSE); Nursing (MSN); Physician Assistant (MSM)

In addition:

The Specialist in Education is offered in Educational Leadership.

The Doctor of Education is offered in Special Education.

The Doctor of Audiology is offered in Audiology.

The Doctor of Occupational Therapy is offered in Occupational Therapy.

The Doctor of Physical Therapy is offered in Physical Therapy.

Joint Juris Doctor and Master of Public Administration degrees are offered in partnership with the WMU Thomas M. Cooley Law School.

The WMU Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine offers an M.D. Degree.

The Doctor of Philosophy is offered in Applied Economics; Biological Sciences; Chemistry; Civil Engineering; Computer Science; Counseling Psychology; Counselor Education; Education and Human Development; Educational Leadership: Higher Education; Educational Leadership: K-12 Leadership; Educational Leadership: Organizational Analysis; Educational Leadership: Workforce Education and Development; Electrical and Computer Engineering; Engineering and Applied Sciences: Applied Science; Engineering and Applied Sciences: Engineering; English; English: Creative Writing; Evaluation (Interdisciplinary); Evaluation, Measurement, and Research; Geosciences; History; Industrial Engineering; Interdisciplinary Health Sciences; Interdisciplinary Studies; Mathematics; Mathematics Education; Mechanical Engineering; Paper and Printing Science; Physics; Political Science; Psychology: Behavior Analysis; Psychology: Clinical Psychology; Psychology: Industrial/Organizational Behavior Management; Public Administration; Science Education; Science Education: Biological Science; Science Education: Chemistry; Science Education: Geosciences; Science Education: Physical Geography; Science Education: Physics; Sociology; Spanish; and Statistics.

Graduate certificate programs are offered in the following areas: Aging Studies; Alcohol and Drug Abuse; Applied Statistics-Interdisciplinary, Assistive Technology for Individuals with Blindness or Visual Impairment; Biostatistics; College Science Teaching; Cultural and Environmental Heritage Management; Early Childhood Special Education; Educational and Instructional Technology; Educational Leadership-School Administrator Certificate: Central Office Endorsement; English as a Second Language Teaching Certificate; Geographic Information Science; Geospatial Applications of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles;  Higher Education and Student Affairs; History; History of Monastic Movements; Holistic Approaches to Enhance Living; Holistic Approaches to Mindfulness; Holistic Approaches to Spirituality and Healing; Holistic Approaches to Stress Management; Hydrogeology; Information Security: Computer Information Systems; Information Security: Computer Science; Integrative Holistic Health and Wellness; Kinship Care Families; Learning for Sustainability; Low Vision Rehabilitation for the Occupational Therapist; Music Performance; Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS); Professional Workforce Educator; School Improvement; Spirituality, Culture and Health; Supply Chain Management; UAVs Applications in Geological and Environmental Sciences; and Youth and Community Development.

Please refer to other sections of the Graduate Catalog for further information on these programs, as well as on admission and graduation requirements. Or visit the Graduate College website wmich.edu/grad.

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