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
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
Master of Arts
Master of Education
Master of Arts in Teaching
Master of Science
Master of Social Work
CLASSIFICATION OF STUDENTS
Graduate Students are defined as those who have been accepted into one of the
Postgraduate Students are those who have completed a baccalaureate degree
and are registered for work which does not ordinarily apply toward an advanced
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
IP In Progress
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.
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.
In the case of incomplete work due to justifiable cause,
the instructor may assign a grade of Incomplete, allowing the student an extension
of time to complete the course requirements. The incomplete is not a permanent
grade. The instructor for the course also submits a default grade for the
course that the student will be assigned if no further work is done in the
allotted time, taking into account all the course requirements.
Submission of all required work is due to the teacher three
weeks before the close of the following term. Extraordinary appeals for extension
of deadline should be directed to the Associate Vice President for Graduate
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.
A W is recorded when a student officially drops a course
at least three weeks prior to the end of the quarter.
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
A grade of X indicates that a student discontinued
class attendance prior to midterm but did not officially withdraw.
Grades of all courses on the approved graduate program and
in the program area, excluding deficiencies, will be computed in the grade‑point
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:
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
559 Supplemental Studies
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
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
Individualized research, laboratory
or learning experience of particular interest to the student; may include
contributions from conference attendance or travel related to an academic
topic. 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
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 should be made up as early in the program as
possible, but may not be made up by audit.
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 class=msoIns>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.
. If degree requirements overlap with
graduate work already taken, a student seeking a second masters degree may
seek a reduction in the total number of required credits.
See individual programs for specific requirements.
GRADUATE FACILITIES AND SERVICES
Campus Computer Center.
A campus-wide personal computer network supports a
wide variety of software applications for college faculty, staff, and students.
The use of three clusters of high-performance computers is available to Walla
Walla College students free of charge.
Disability Support Services.
Walla Walla College is committed
to responding to the needs of students with disabilities as outlined in Section
504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities
Act of 1990. The college provides program access to students with documented
disabilities through a variety of services and equipment. The Disability
Support Services office coordinates academic accommodations which include,
but are not limited to: testing accommodations, note takers, alternate text
formats, and classroom relocation. Services must be arranged in advance and
require documentation of the disability. For more information about any of
these services, contact Disability Support Services, (509-527-2366). Policies
are also available on the Internet at www.wwc. edu\services\tlc\dss.
Library Resources and Services
. The combined WWC libraries contain
over 200,000 book volumes and hold over 980 current periodical titles.
The Librarys Home Page at library.wwc.edu
is the starting point for most library research at WWC and its branch campuses.
The Librarys fully automated INNOPAC Catalog
can be searched from that page as can over 80 databases to which the Library
subscribes. Branching from the Librarys Home page are web pages designed
specifically for students at the Montana Graduate Social Work sites.
Using the INNOPAC Catalog, students can search collections
at the Peterson Memorial Library, Curriculum Library, Rosario Marine Biological
Station, Montana Graduate Social Work sites and the branch Nursing Library
in Portland, OR. The INNOPAC catalog is accessible to anyone with an Internet
connection. Selected databases are also available from the librarys home
page. They include such key resources as BIOSIS, Ingenta Uncover,
EBSCOs Academic Search Full-Text Premier,
ERIC, ArticleFirst, Medline, PsycArticles, NewsBank, ProQuest Direct, PsycInfo,
Social Work Abstracts, and WorldCat.
These databases can be accessed
from any on-campus computer connected to the Colleges local area
network. Off-campus access to these databases is also available
to current students, faculty and staff of Walla Walla College.
Microform readers make accessible microforms of periodicals
and other scholarly material. In addition, the librarys Media Center provides a small collection of
videos and equipment for viewing various media.
Resources in other libraries are available to students and
faculty members through the librarys membership in several resource sharing
cooperatives, including NAPCU (Northwest Association of Private Colleges and
Universities) and ALICE (Adventist Library Information Cooperative). Materials
not held at one of the Colleges libraries can be procured through the Interlibrary Loan/Document Delivery
service operated by the Reference Department. WWC students with validated
identification cards also have access to the library facilities of Whitman
College, a private liberal-arts college located in downtown Walla Walla.
Walla Walla College maintains a biological research station
at Rosario Beach, adjoining Deception Pass State Park, Anacortes, Washington.
This facility occupies 40 acres of beach and timberland, and includes three
laboratory buildings, a cafeteria, assembly hall, shop, and 29 cabins for
student and staff housing.
The facilities of the Department of Biological Sciences in
Rigby Hall include staff and graduate student offices, classrooms and teaching
laboratories. Also available are controlled-environment chambers, radioisotope
laboratory, animal house and greenhouse, photographic darkroom, wood shop,
student lounge, and computer lab.
Facilities of the School of Education and Psychology include
offices for staff and graduate assistants, classrooms with Internet and campus
network access, laboratories for testing, a curriculum library, and a student
lounge. A child development center provides students with an opportunity to
work with young children in a preschool setting. Smith Hall also houses a
recently remodeled counseling center consisting of three private counseling
rooms and a group room. These rooms are fully equipped with one-way mirrors
and video and audio recording capability.
Social Work/Sociology Buildings.
These facilities house faculty and
administrative offices, the Social Service Reading Collection, and a classroom.
Comfortable classrooms and teacher offices are also maintained at two sites
in Montana; at Missoula and Billings.
FINANCIAL INFORMATION FOR 2004-2005
Walla Walla College assumes that
each graduate student has the primary obligation for his/her educational costs.
For students unable to meet this obligation while attending Walla Walla College,
financial aid is available in the form of student employment, long-term loans,
grants, and scholarships. Interest rates for long-term loans are low and repayment
does not begin until after a student leaves a full-time graduate program.
Grants and scholarships are gifts and do not need to be repaid.
In order to receive maximum financial
assistance, students should plan their finances for the entire academic school
year several months prior to the first quarter of enrollment. Financial counselors
are available to provide help in financial planning, applying for financial
aid, and in developing plans for payment. The Federal Government now requires
that the college have a copy of the baccalaureate transcript prior to disbursements
of financial aid to graduate students.
Adding or dropping a class on or before
the tenth day of the quarter may affect a students Financial Aid package.
Federal Stafford Loan Program.
Graduate students may borrow up to
$18,500 per year at an annual interest rate not to exceed 8.25%. Principal
repayment begins six months after the student ceases to be enrolled at least
half-time. Loan fees of about 3-4% are deducted from the loan amount before
the funds are issued to WWC.
The US Government may subsidize some
of the interest while the student is in school; the student is responsible
for the balance and may either make payments or have the interest added to
the principal of the loan.
Students receiving a Federal Stafford
Loan will need to complete a separate application form, the FAFSA (Free Application
for Federal Student Aid). Students are encouraged to complete and submit
the FAFSA via the internet at: www.fafsa.ed.gov.
Graduate tuition is $462* per quarter
hour. Tuition includes all laboratory fees except those at the WWC Marine
Station at Rosario Beach.
For the 2005-2006 school year, please refer to the on-line
Graduate Bulletin or Financial Bulletin at: www. wwc.edu/academics/bulletins.
The College is not able to finance
student accounts. However, several payment plans are available and may be
arranged through the Student Financial Services.
Books and School Supplies.
Textbooks, school supplies, and other
class materials are available at the College Store. Students should plan on
approximately $550 for such purchases each quarter.
All enrolled, tuition-paying graduate
students on the College Place campus, Missoula or Billings sites or Rosario
campus are covered by WWCs Student Accident Insurance Policy,
with a maximum coverage of $2,500 per incident. In addition, WWC graduate
students may purchase and be covered under the Mandatory Student Sickness
and Additional Accident Insurance. For questions regarding coverage, claims
or a brochure outlining the benefits, please contact Campus Health Services
at 509/527-2425. WWC requires all international students to have the above
medical insurance coverage.
Personal Property Insurance.
WWC is not responsible for loss of
personal property. Students are encouraged to carry their own insurance for
coverage of personal belongings.
Change in Registration
(Drop/Add) after the Deadline
in Registration (Drop/Add)
after the 100% refund period (per change)
Fee (includes diploma and pictures) 25.00
and M.S. Thesis Binding (2 copies)
Examination (per exam) 50.00
*plus any international bank fees
Walla Walla College owns several studio,
one-bedroom, and two-bedroom apartments in College Place. In addition, houses
with up to four bedrooms are available for families. Rental rates are comparable
with rates in the community.
This off-campus housing
in College Place is available on
a first-come-first-served basis. Financial arrangements must be made with
the Office of Student Financial Services before a student/family may move
into college housing. Students may contact College Rental Properties at 509/527-2109
for more information about housing availability.
The room rental charge for each student
per quarter based on dual occupancy is:
Hall (women) $ 750
Hall (women) 785
Hall (men) 750
Hall (men) 750
When rooms are available, single occupancy
is permitted at an extra cost of $200 per quarter.
Room Deposit and Reservations
. A $150 deposit is required to reserve
a residence hall room. Upon a student
a refund of up to $120 may be applied to the student
s account. Charges for delayed departure, an uncleaned or damaged room
or failure to return keys are also applied to the student
s account. Should the student not enroll, the entire deposit is refunded.
If a student officially withdraws during the quarter, a refund,
where applicable, will be made within 30 days. A student who leaves school
without completing withdrawal procedures will be charged until proper arrangements
have been made. The beginning of the quarter is considered to be the first
day of class instruction. Students withdrawing from classes during the quarter
will qualify for the following rates of refund:
If withdrawal is:
Tuition refund will be:
by the second Tuesday of classes*
by the third Tuesday of classes
by the fifth Tuesday of classes
A tuition refund may affect awarded
Students dropping all classes during this period will be charged a processing
fee of $50 or 5% of tuition, whichever is less.
For withdrawal and refund schedule for summer classes please
contact the Records Office or see the on-line Summer Bulletin at:
www.wwc.edu/academics/bulletins. Please refer to the current on-line WWC
Financial Bulletin at the same website for the Financial Aid Refund
Itemized statements are issued each month giving an account
of the previous month
s expenses. Fixed expenses --tuition,
required fees, room rent -- for the quarter are charged at the beginning of
each quarter. Variable expenses -- including cafeteria, bookstore, and other
charges -- are billed as they are incurred. All enrolled students receive
copies of their statements each month. Students may request that a copy be
mailed to a third party, such as a parent.
Walla Walla College accepts Discover, MasterCard, and Visa
credit cards for payment of accounts. These may be processed in person, by
telephone, by mail, or on-line. Checks or money orders should be made payable
to Walla Walla College and should be sent to the Accounting Office on campus.
Internet payments may be made at: www.wwc.edu/payment. Payments
received via Internet are processed prior to 9 am each business day. Payments
received after 9 am are processed the next business day.
A FINANCE CHARGE will be imposed on each item
of a student
s account which has not been paid
by the end of the second month following the billing month. The FINANCE
CHARGE is computed at a rate of one percent per month or an ANNUAL
PERCENTAGE RATE of 12%.
The FINANCE CHARGE is computed by taking the second
to the last month
s statement balance and subtracting
any payments, credits, financial aid or refund received during the succeeding
two months. The remaining balance owing, if any, is multiplied by one percent
to obtain the periodic finance charge.
RELEASE OF TRANSCRIPTS OR DIPLOMAS
By action of the Board of Trustees of the College, a diploma
or transcript (official or unofficial) may not be released until the following
criteria are met:
The student's account is paid in full.
The student has paid any short-term
loan cosigned by WWC.
The student's Nursing, Perkins , or
institutional loans are current.
s loan exit interview are complete. (Diploma only).
To expedite the release of transcripts, diplomas, and other
legal documents, a money order, credit card payment, or certified check should
be sent to cover the balance of the student
s account. Requests for transcripts
must be made in writing, signed by the student, and either faxed or mailed
to the Office of Academic Records. There is a $5 charge per transcript request.
International students who are not citizens or permanent residents
of the United States (except Canadian students) are asked to place a $4,000
(U.S.) deposit with the College before final acceptance can be given and the
I-20 form, necessary to secure the U.S. Student visa, can be sent. International
students on student visas do not qualify for the majority of loans and grants
and may only accept employment on campus. Spouses and children who are not
students may not accept employment under any circumstances. To determine the
ability of applicants to meet educational costs, the College requires them
to submit a declaration of finances before final acceptance is given. This
is done through the international student adviser. International students
will be expected to use the Regular Payment Plan described in the WWC Finance
CHANGE IN EXPENSES
Because of fluctuations in the economy, the College Board
of Trustees reserves the right to adjust costs and policies throughout the
school year or to supersede statements published in this bulletin.
GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIPS - BIOLOGY AND EDUCATION
A limited number of graduate assistantships are available.
They provide financial support for students during professional experiences
in chosen fields of specialization or in activities that may be valuable in
preparing them more fully for their future occupational roles. Duties of a
graduate assistant may include participation in research, instructional and
guidance services, and professional activities. Assistantships are open to
graduate students with evidence of maturity and potential to benefit from
Applications will be considered from graduate applicants,
postgraduates, and current graduate students. Stipends are awarded for periods
up to 12 months. Full or partial remission of tuition and fees for approved
courses during the period of the assistantship is also available. Recipients
of assistantships in the School of Education and Psychology must be fully
admitted to a Masters program.
Application forms for graduate assistantships may be obtained
by writing directly to the respective departments. The deadline for receipt
of application for the following year is April 15.
S SCHOLASTIC ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Prior to each graduation, graduate students with exceptional
academic records are nominated by the graduate faculties for the Graduate
s Scholastic Achievement Award. This
award consists of: (1) a certificate of distinction and (2) a cash award.
GRANTS - SOCIAL WORK
Grants are need-based awards and
do not have to be repaid.
MSW Need Grants
of $5,200 are awarded on a first-come,
first-served basis to students who show need through the financial aid application
process. Grants are disbursed at the rate of $1,300 each quarter - fall, winter,
spring and summer.
Child Welfare Training Grant
. Contact the School of Social Work
for more information on this $4,000 grant.
SCHOLARSHIPS - SOCIAL WORK
MSW Departmental Scholarships
of $2,500 are awarded to each students
who holds a bachelor
s degree from WWC and whose cumulative
grade point average (GPA) was at least 3.00. One-fourth of the scholarship
is disbursed each quarter -- fall, winter, spring, and summer--of a recipient
s first year in the program.
MSW Merit Scholarships
are awarded in recognition of an
outstanding undergraduate GPA. One-fourth of the scholarship is disbursed
each quarter -- fall, winter, spring, and summer--of a recipient
s first year in the program.
3.90-4.00 $3,000 ($750 per quarter)
3.80-3.89 $2,200 ($550 per quarter)
3.70-3.79 $1,800 ($450 per quarter)
3.50-3.69 $1,500 ($375 per quarter)
MSW Minority Scholarship
. In order to increase the number
of African-American, Hispanic, and registered Native American students enrolled
in the MSW program, WWC offers $2,500 scholarships for members of these ethnic
groups. Please contact the School of Social Work to request an application.
Students registered for less than
12 credit hours will receive prorated grants and scholarships. Students registered
for less than 6 credit hours are not eligible for grants and scholarships.
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
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
they will be sent to the respective graduate department for evaluation and
a recommendation about acceptance. Admission is by official action of the
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
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.
Responsibilities of the Student.
Each graduate student is responsible
for a knowledge of all regulations and procedures published in this bulletin
and in departmental materials. Continued progress in the program is contingent
upon the adherence to the decisions of the Graduate Council and the policies
and procedures as published in this bulletin. The student must assume the
initiative in such matters as securing approval of a Program of Study and
arranging for required tests and examinations. Failure to do so may result
in unnecessary delay or interruption of graduate study.
Completion of the minimum number
of hours for a specific graduate program is required, including all courses
listed on the Program of Study. Candidates must also satisfy departmental
requirements listed in this bulletin and those provided in writing by the
department or school.
A cumulative grade point average
(GPA) of 3.0 is required for all courses included in the graduate program
and in the program area (except deficiencies). Courses with grades of less
than C are not accepted for graduate credit.
Probation and Dismissal Policy.
Graduate students whose cumulative
GPA for courses taken in their program area at Walla Walla College drops below
3.0 will be placed on academic probation. Notification of this status will
be by letter from the Dean of Graduate Studies. Students placed on academic
probation are urged to consider an adjustment in class and work load in consultation
with their program advisers. Students whose cumulative GPA is below 3.0 for
two consecutive quarters will be subject to dismissal by Graduate Council
from their current graduate program and loss of graduate student standing.
All credits earned toward a master's
degree will normally be taken at Walla Walla College. No more than 12 credits
of graduate work taken at the college before official acceptance may be applied
to the 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 39 hours toward the Social
Work program must be taken in residence.
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 or university
offering them. Continuing education credit is accepted as transfer credit.
"P" or "S" grades may be transferred after specific review
by the designated department, but will not be considered when computing the
Waiving Content Requirements.
On occasion content required for
the graduate program at Walla Walla College may have been covered in a course
applied to an earlier degree. After review by the department, the content
required by the graduate program may be waived but the total hours required
for the degree are not reduced. Usually a validation examination over
the content area is required. Exceptions may be made in the case of second
advanced degrees. There is a fee for this examination.
Academic credit earned more than
six calendar years prior to graduation is usually not acceptable to satisfy
The maximum load per quarter for
graduate students is 14 hours in social work, 12 hours in education, psychology,
and biology. Petition must be made to Graduate Council to exceed these limits.
For purposes of loan deferment and visa qualification, seven hours and eight
hours of graduate work are considered minimum loads respectively.
A student's degree requirements will
be based on the graduate bulletin in effect at the time of first enrollment
as a graduate student.
Each candidate is responsible to take
the appropriate, required final oral/comprehensive examination(s). Success
or failure of such examinations is determined by a faculty committee. A candidate
who fails a required examination is granted only one opportunity for retake
after the lapse of at least one quarter. Examinations should be scheduled
and taken so that the results can be known at least two weeks before spring
REQUEST TO GRADUATE
Two quarters prior to program completion,
a Request to Graduate must be prepared on an approved form and signed by the
adviser, program director, and Director of Records. This process will verify
that the candidate has:
reviewed a degree audit form (MSW) or completed Program of Study (Biology,
attained a cumulative GPA of 3.0,
arranged to take appropriate oral/comprehensive examination(s),
ordered graduation regalia, and
satisfied all deficiencies and arranged for all incompletes and IP
s to be completed by one month prior to graduation.
Because students are strongly encouraged
to participate in commencement exercises, those wishing to graduate in
absentia must petition the President of the college to do so.
Students who participate in commencement
should have completed all requirements for their degree by this time. However,
as Walla Walla College has only one commencement exercise each year, if all
requirements have not been completed, the following criteria must be met in
order for students to march:
be within 12 hours (14 hours including Field Practium for MSW) of degree completion,
including courses with incomplete (I) and in progress (IP) grades,
be able to complete all degree requirements by the last Friday in August of
the same year,
have the approval of the thesis/project committee (if M.A./M.S. student),
have a Request to Graduate on file with the Office of Academic Records.
Degrees are conferred and diplomas
issued each quarter. All coursework must be completed, transcripts received,
comprehensives taken and grades received before the degree will be awarded.
Dates of degrees for the 2004-2005 and the 2005-2006 school years are:
December 31, 2004
March 25, 2005
June 12, 2005
August 26, 2005
December 30, 2005
March 24, 2006
June 11, 2006
August 25, 2006