Graduate Studies

Graduate students choose to study at Walla Walla University because of our rigorous and challenging curricula designed to enhance critical thinking and develop practical skills. They come because of our accredited graduate education in an environment where people care about you and your personal and professional success. 

Our quality faculty, with rich breadth of knowledge, diverse backgrounds, and extensive professional experience, draw students here to study. Our students receive an enhanced education through personal relationships built with faculty and staff on campus. We have small classes that facilitate individual attention and meaningful conversations as well as a spiritual atmosphere that encourages personal growth.

Our program provides you with the on-the-job skills that employers are looking for in new graduates.  Small classes give ample opportunity for involvement with other students from diverse backgrounds. The BSW and MSW programs are fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

  • Highlights:
    • Clinical focus
    • Dedicated field director for practicum placement
    • No GRE required
    • Transfer credits accepted
  • Length: 2 years or less
  • Application deadline: Acceptance is done on a rolling basis, submit your application today.

Learn more about the graduate social work program

Our program is the only D.S.W. program in the Pacific Northwest. Study with us to earn your D.S.W. degree and enjoy a low student to faculty ratio. 

The online D.S.W. Program at Walla Walla University School of Social Work and Sociology has grown out of a strong undergraduate and graduate program—both accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and by the Northwest Commission on College and Universities (NWCCU). 

  • Highlights:
    • Teaching and leadership focus 
    • Enrollment now open each summer quarter 
    • No GRE required 
    • Two paid Teaching Assistant positions are available 
  • Length: 9 consecutive quarters over 2 years with two summer week-long residencies 
  • Application deadline: March 1 (early decision), May 31 (final) of the year you are enrolling.

Learn more about the doctor of social work program 

The WWU Master of Engineering program enables you earn a master’s degree in as little as 1 year that will equip you with a balance of technical and management skills to advance in your career. Open to related major fields and as a 4+1 for engineering bachelor’s degree holders.


  • Designed to expand students' engineering knowledge and project experience.
  • Open to candidates with strong math and science backgrounds or willing to take pre-req courses.
  • Take classes in 3 core areas: Engineering Specialty, Research & Design, and Project Management.

Length: 1 year if pre-reqs are met

Application deadline:  Limited to 15 students, apply today to secure a spot.

Learn more about the graduate engineering program.

Walla Walla University School of Education offers the following master’s degrees:

  • Master of Initial Teaching (MIT)- with optional Adventist Education Cert
    • Instruction with Certification(Elementary)
    • Instruction with Certification(Secondary)
  • Master of Education (M.Ed.) with the following concentration areas:
    • 21st Century Teaching & Learning
    • Educational Leadership
    • Literacy Instruction (Reading endorsement included)
    • Special education track (SPED endorsement included, fully online and start any quarter with discounted tuition)

All programs teach basic research skills and techniques; focus on research in emerging policy, practice, and professional life; address contemporary issues, needs, and trends in education and psychology. We focus on improving your toolbox of resources to help the lives of children you teach.

  • Highlights:
    • Online courses available
    • Allowed up to 6 years to complete degree
    • No GRE or thesis required
    • Significant reduction in hours if completing a 2nd Masters
    • Individualized specialization option to tailor courses towards your area of interest
  • Length: 2 years or less or 3-5 summers with select M.Ed concentrations
  • Application deadline: Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis provided space is available. You may take up to 12 credits before being admitted and have those courses apply towards the master’s program of study.

Learn more about the graduate education program

The main emphasis during this two-year program is the development and completion of a research thesis under the supervision of a student's major professor. The program of research and course work developed for each graduate student takes into account the academic background, present interests, and future goals of the student. 

  • Highlights:
    • Focused thesis research on topic, area of interest
    • Dedicated major professor
    • Rosario Beach Marine Laboratory
    • Teaching assistantships available to cover tuition and provide a stipend
    • No GRE required
  • Length: 2 years
  • Application deadline: All admission documents must be completed 30 days prior to the quarter in which you are enrolling.

Learn more about the graduate biology program >

The WWU Office of Graduate Studies requires for admission an official transcript showing a conferred bachelor’s degree. Applicants who have taken any courses post-bachelor degree are also required to submit transcripts of graduate-level coursework.