Master's degree programs are offered in biology, education, psychology, and social work. Graduate study is planned with reference to the student's previous academic preparation, experience, personal qualifications, and future objectives. Close cooperation between the student and adviser is essential.
OBJECTIVES OF THE GRADUATE PROGRAM
Graduate programs provide an atmosphere which stimulates intellectual curiosity and independent thinking. They are designed to develop an appreciation for the value of research, to provide involvement with basic research techniques, and to strengthen professional competence in areas of specialization.
GENERAL ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
To qualify for regular admission, an applicant to a graduate program shall have:
1. graduated from an accredited four-year college or university by the time of enrollment, as evidenced by a transcript showing the completion of a baccalaureate degree.
2. completed an appropriate undergraduate major or prerequisite credit hours as specified by the department.
3. achieved a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 for either the total hours or for the last 96 quarter hours of the baccalaureate degree.
4. obtained recommendations from three individuals knowing the applicant's professional abilities and personal qualities well.
5. submitted a personal statement of professional goals and objectives as directed by the department concerned.
6. achieved a score of 550 on the written TOEFL or a score of 213 on the computer TOEFL, if English is spoken as a Second Language
7. met additional admission requirements as specified by the department concerned.
When all application materials have been received, they will be sent to the respective graduate department for evaluation and a recommendation about acceptance. Admission is by official action of the Graduate Council.
ADMISSION AND ENROLLMENT CATEGORIES
Students are enrolled under one of the following categories:
Regular admission status is granted to students who meet all requirements of graduate programs at Walla Walla College and specific requirements of the department or school in which study is proposed.
Provisional status is given to students who have graduated from an accredited college or university and do not meet one or more of the other requirements for regular admission, but who in the judgment of the department and Graduate Council have shown evidence of their ability to pursue a graduate degree. Such evidence may include one or more of the following: superior performance on the Graduate Record Examination, strong professional recommendations, superior grades in postgraduate work at a recognized institution, and/or positive work experience in areas related to the desired graduate specialization. At the time of provisional acceptance, a plan and deadline for a change to regular standing must be submitted by the respective graduate program. Students not meeting these specifications will be dropped from the program.
Non-matriculated status is designed for students who wish to take courses for personal or professional benefit, but are not seeking a graduate degree. By special petition to Graduate Council, a maximum of 12 credit hours may be applied to a graduate program retrospectively.