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WWC Graduate Bulletin


Graduate programs at Walla Walla College support the mission of the college and assist students as they acquire advanced knowledge and expertise in their fields of study within the context of Christian faith. To this end our faculty and students are committed to: 1) quality in scholarship and research; 2) the development of social, moral, and spiritual values; and 3) the integration of learning, faith, and service.




Walla Walla College is a Christian institution of higher learning operated by the Seventh‑day Adventist Church since December 7, 1892. It is located in the city of College Place, in the historic, fertile Walla Walla Valley of southeastern Washing­ton. The Old Oregon Trail, passing west of the campus, leads directly to the nearby Whitman Mission National Historic Site. The scenic Blue Mountains to the east and the Snake and Columbia Rivers to the north and west offer opportunities for recreation and relaxation.


Walla Walla College is committed to equal opportunity for all students. It does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, age, color, handicap, national and/or ethnic origin in administration of its admissions, educational, financial, employment, and student life programs and policies, or any other college ­administered program.


The College provides for the attendance and academic success of handicapped students. The campus and a number of buildings have been modified to provide easy wheelchair access.


Walla Walla College seeks to foster an intelligent understanding of Christian ideals, loyalty to God, and service to humanity; and to offer an educational experience encouraging the formation of character marked by a full, harmonious development of the intellectual, physical, and spiritual powers.


The seventh‑day Sabbath is observed at Walla Walla College from sunset Friday to sunset Saturday. Instructional activities are not conducted during these hours.




Graduate programs are directed and supervised by the Graduate Council, which is the legislative body responsible for all graduate academic policies and curricula. Actions voted by the College Board, Faculty-in-session, or the Graduate Council at any time shall have equal force to, or if necessary shall supersede, statements published in this bulletin.



The College offers courses of study leading to the following graduate degrees:

Master of Arts

Master of Education

Master of Arts in Teaching

Master of Science

Master of Social Work



Graduate Students are defined as those who have been accepted into one of the graduate programs.

Postgraduate Students are those who have completed a baccalaureate degree and are registered for work which does not ordinarily apply toward an advanced degree.



The following system of grades and grade‑point values per quarter hour is used for evaluating graduate credit:

A       4.0       B       3.0       C       2.0       D       1.0

A -     3.7       B -     2.7       C -     1.7       D -     0.7

B+    3.3       C+    2.3       D+    1.3       F        0


Other symbols used to describe the academic status of graduate credit are:

AU     Audit

I          Incomplete

IP       In Progress

W        Withdrawal

S         Satisfactory (C or better)

NC     No Credit

X         Unofficial withdrawal


Courses associated with these symbols are not used when computing the grade-point average.


Audit. An AU is assigned for class attendance and participation generally excluding tests and outside-of-class assignments. Arrangements to audit a class are made with the Office of Graduate Studies. The cost for audited credit is one-half the regular tuition rate.


Incomplete.  An I is given as a temporary grade if the course requirements are not completed for justifiable causes by the end of the quarter.  In order for a student to receive an Incomplete, the instructor and student complete a contract specifying: 1) reasons for the student not completing the course requirements, 2) the conditions for removal of the incomplete, and 3) a default grade based on current work done.

Completion of incomplete work is due three weeks prior to the end of the following quarter.  Also, students should calculate the hours of incomplete course work into the next quarter=s load.  Incompletes show on the graduate transcript until the work is finished.


In Progress. An IP can be given by the instructor for independent work such as field work or practica, research, and thesis which extend past the regular end of term. The IP designation is changed by the instructor to a letter grade upon completion of all course requirements.


Withdrawal. A W is recorded when a student officially drops a course at least three weeks prior to the end of the quarter.


Satisfactory/No Credit. An S indicates that credit earned was satisfactory (A. B. or C) and an NC indicates that the credit was not earned because performance did not meet the minimum standards for a satisfactory grade. A grade of S will not be acceptable for graduate credit except for courses that require S/NC grading.


Unofficial Withdrawal. A grade of X indicates that a student discontinued class attendance prior to midterm but did not officially withdraw.


Graduate GPA. Grades of all courses on the approved graduate program and in the program area, excluding deficiencies, will be computed in the grade‑point average.


Uniform Course Numbers.  By general agreement certain course numbers are reserved for classes that are of such a general nature as to be found in the three graduate departments.  The prefix assigned to the numbers designates the discipline.  The following are courses that carry uniform numbers throughout the bulletin:


500 Topics            1-5

Courses in specialized or experimental areas conducted through regular class activities and approved by Graduate Council as one-time offerings.  See the Class schedule for all approved Topics courses.


559 Supplemental Studies         1-2;2

Supplementation of previous course work when portions of a course required in the student=s program have been omitted.  Ordinarily supplementation will occur only with transfer students or within a program that has undergone a major curriculum change. A study proposal is to be outlined in consultation with the instructor of the course being supplemented and approved by the department and the Graduate Academic Standards committee. May not be substituted for existing courses


569 Advanced Study 1-3;3

Advanced directed study by which students may enhance the program area in breadth or depth not covered within the department curriculum.  The study proposal must be approved by the department and the Graduate Standards Committee and is to indicate the methods of evaluation.  May not be substituted for existing courses.


579 Directed Research/Project 1-2;2

Individual research, laboratory or learning experience of particular interest to the student.  A project proposal and permission of instructor are required prior to beginning the project.



Changes in Registration. Students withdrawing from a graduate program or individual courses during a term must file an official change of registration form with the Office of Graduate Studies. These forms must be signed by the adviser and the instructor(s) concerned.


Academic Integrity Statement. An integral part of the mission of Walla Walla College is to prepare its students to be responsible individuals who are guided by Christian values. The College, therefore, expects all members of its community to  practice integrity, including a steadfast adherence to honesty. Faculty have a responsibility to foster integrity by example and instruction. Students have a responsibility to learn, respect, and practice integrity.


All acts of academic dishonesty, including cheating, plagiarism, forgery, misrepresen­tation, falsification, prohibited collaboration, and unauthorized use of files, are unacceptable. Departments may have more specific criteria for behavior and skills suitable to their disciplines which will be communicated to students, typically in course syllabi.

A violation of academic integrity will result in disciplinary action, which may include expulsion from the program (see department for details).


Deficiencies. Deficiencies should be made up as early in the program as possible, but may not be made up by audit.


Student Appeals. Student appeals of decisions and actions related to their graduate programs should be initiated in consultation with the major department and then relayed, as appropriate, to Graduate Council. If satisfaction is not obtained, consult the Walla Walla College Grievance Policy.


Unregistered Student Attendance of Classes. Only students who are officially registered will be allowed to attend graduate classes after the third week of school.  Exceptions for those having difficulty making financial arrangements may be made by petition to the Graduate Standards Committee.


Graduate Credit for Seniors. Seniors who are within 28 hours of completing their baccalaureate degree may be eligible to take up to 12 approved credits to be applied toward a Walla Walla College graduate program.  To apply, students must submit a petition available in the Office of Graduate Studies, a copy of a degree audit or a copy of their approved senior outline. Approval to register is granted only after determination of the student=s eligibility for admission to a graduate program and satisfactory completion of necessary course prerequisites.