Sep 23, 2023  
Undergraduate Catalog 2017-18 
Undergraduate Catalog 2017-18 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

The Graduate College

Graduate College

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Susan Stapleton

Christine Byrd-Jacobs
Associate Dean

Michael Harnar


The Graduate College offers a wide variety of programs leading to the master’s, specialist, and doctoral degrees.

Accelerated degree programs allow eligible 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; Blindness and Low vision Studies – Orientation and Mobility; Chemical Engineering; Civil Engineering; Communication; Computer Engineering; Computer Science; Earth Science; Electrical Engineering; Family and Consumer Sciences; Industrial Engineering; Mechanical Engineering; Music; Paper and Printing Science; Spanish; Statistics; and Vision Rehabilitation Therapy.  The Au.D. in Audiology is also offered as an accelerated program.

The Master of Arts is awarded in the following programs: Art Education; Biological Sciences; Career and Technical Education; Coaching Sport Performance; Communication; Comparative Religion; Counseling Psychology; Counselor Education; Earth Science; Economics, Applied; Educational Foundations; Educational Leadership; Educational Technology; English; Evaluation, Measurement, and Research; Family and Consumer Sciences; History;  Literacy Studies; Mathematics; Mathematics Education; Medieval Studies; Music; Organizational Learning and Performance; Orientation and Mobility; Philosophy; Physical Education; Physics; Political Science: Practice of Teaching; Psychology; Science Education; Sociology; Spanish; Special Education; Special Education and Orientation and Mobility; Speech; Spirituality, Culture and Health; Sport Management; Teaching: Teaching Children With Visual Impairments and/or Orientation and Mobility; Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages; and Vision Rehabilitation Therapy.

The University also offers the Master of Science in the following areas: Accountancy; Aerospace Engineering; Applied and Computational Mathematics; Athletic Training; Biological Sciences; Chemical Engineering; Chemistry; Civil Engineering; Computer Engineering; Computer Science; Electrical Engineering; Engineering Management; Exercise Physiology; Geography; Geosciences; Industrial Engineering; Manufacturing Engineering; Mechanical Engineering; Nursing; Occupational Therapy; Paper and Printing Science; Physician Assistant; and Statistics.

Other master’s degrees include Social Work (MSW); International Development Administration (MIDA); Public Affairs and Administration (MPA); Public Health (MPH).

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.

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 Biological Sciences; Chemistry; Collegiate Math Education; Computer Science; Counseling Psychology; Counselor Education; Economics, Applied; Education and Human Development; Educational Leadership; Electrical and Computer Engineering; Engineering and Applied Sciences; English; 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; Public Administration; Science Education; Sociology; Spanish; and Statistics.

Graduate certificate programs are offered in the following areas:  Alcohol and Drug Abuse; Applied Hydrology; Applied Statistics-Interdisciplinary, BioStatistics; Early Childhood Special Education; Educational Technology; English as a Second Language; Geographic Information Science; Gerontology; Higher Education and Student Affairs; History of Monastic Movements; Integrative Holistic Health and Wellness; Learning for Sustainability; Low Vision Rehabilitation for the Occupational Therapist; Music Performance; Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS); and Spirituality, Culture and Health.

Please refer to the Graduate Catalog for further information on these programs, as well as on admission and graduation requirements. Or visit the Graduate College website

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