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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 to indicate your desired admit term.

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 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: 10 consecutive quarters over 2.5 years with two summer week-long residencies 
  • Application deadline: April 1. 2021

Learn more about the doctor of social work program 

The Center for Media Ministry at Walla Walla University is housed in the Department of Communication and Languages and is suitable for students who already hold degrees in theology, film, communication, or other related fields.  These individuals will build on their past academic and ministry experience as they pursue a more specialized master's degree in Cinema, Religion, and Worldview.  Students enrolled in the program will contribute to the field through their research and film projects. Topics for projects and research can range from social activism to evangelism and everything in between.

  • Highlights:
    • Keep working while earning your degree
    • Unique blend of filmmaking, theology, and cultural perspectives
    • Small class size and attentive teachers allow students to choose their focus
    • No GRE required
  • Length: 2 year cohort
  • Application deadline: All admission documents must be completed by June 1.

Learn more about the Cinema, Religion, and Worldview graduate program >

The School of Education offers three master's degree programs:

  • Master of Initial Teaching (MIT)
    • Instruction with Certification(Elementary)
    • Instruction with Certification(Secondary)
  • Master of Education (M.Ed.), Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.)
    • Curriculum and Instruction
    • Educational Leadership
    • Literacy Instruction (Reading endorsement included)
    • Special education track (SPED endorsement included, fully online and summers-hybrid option available)

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; provide supervised practicums in the area of specialization; and assist students in the development and application of a philosophy of Christian service.

  • Highlights:
    • Flexibility should scheduling conflicts occur
    • Allowed up to 6 years to complete degree
    • No GRE or Thesis required for M.A.T degrees
    • Significant reduction in hours if completing a 2nd Masters
    • Individualized specialization option to tailor courses towards your area of interest
  • Length: Length depends on degree path and course offerings, most teachers finish in four summers or less. M.I.T is 2 years full time, including student teaching hours
  • 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.

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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
  • 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.

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