Resident Credit. All credits earned toward a master's degree will normally be taken at Walla Walla University. No more than 12 credits of graduate work taken before official acceptance into a graduate program may be applied to a master's degree. Courses numbered 350-399 may be included in the graduate program with approval of the Graduate Council. No more than six quarter hours of workshop (474) courses will be included in a program. A minimum of 33 quarter hours toward the Biology or Education programs, and 40 hours toward the Social Work program must be taken in residence.
Transfer Credit. Some graduate level work taken at other accredited institutions but not previously applied toward a degree may be approved for transfer to the master's degree by petition to the department. Normally, the maximum is 12 quarter hours. No courses with grades less than B qualify for transfer credit. Extension courses may be transferred if they are acceptable as graduate credit by the accredited college of university offering them. "P" or "S" grades may be transferred after specific review by the designated department, but will not be considered when computing the GPA.
Waiving Content Requirements. On occasion content required for the graduate program at Walla Walla University may have been covered in a course applied to an earlier degree. All courses considered for waiver must have been passed with a grade of B or higher, taken within the last five years, and submitted to the department for their review and approval. After being approved by the department, the content required by the graduate program may be waived but the total hours required for the degree is not reduced. A validation exam over the content area may be required in some programs with exceptions made in the case of second advanced degrees. There is a fee for this examination.
Time Requirement. Academic credit earned more than six calendar years prior to graduation is usually not acceptable to satisfy degree requirements.
Course Load. The maximum load per quarter for graduate students is 14 hours in social work, education, and psychology, 12 hours in biology. Incompletes from previous quarters are added to the total course load of each quarter. Petition must be made to Graduate Council to exceed these limits. For purposes of loan deferment and visa qualification, 7 hours and 8 hours of graduate work are considered minimum loads respectively.
Bulletin. A student's degree requirements will be based on the graduate bulletin in effect at the time of first enrollment as a graduate student.