Application Deadlines

Students enter the program during fall and spring quarters each year. Application materials must be received in the Graduate School by the following deadlines:

  • Fall - Extended to June 11th
  • Spring - February 1st

To Apply

To submit your online application, review the process below and then refer to How to Apply.  Application to the Adult and Higher Education program requires the candidate to fulfill the admission requirements of WWU’s Graduate School and demonstrate professional goals consistent with those of the program.  

To expedite your application process, the following should be prepared in advance for upload to your online application:

  1. Unofficial transcripts from every higher education institution you have attended for academic credit are required. If admitted, the Graduate School will ask you to provide official transcripts.

  2. A 300 - 500 word Statement of Purpose describing:  a) your past experience working with adults as a volunteer or an employee, particularly in an education capacity; b) your understanding of and commitment to the field of adult and higher education; c) why you are interested in pursuing this particular degree; and d) how you see this degree program fitting with your career goals.

  3. A current resume.

  4. List of email addresses for three references.  The application includes a reference request system that will automatically email a reference form from Just Testing to each of the recommenders you specify; then they complete this form and submit it electronically to the Graduate School. In addition to the Reference Form, your references may also email a Letter of Recommendation for you to

  5. Beginning Fall 2020 - A GRE or MAT testing score is no longer required.

Computer competence is expected. You can self-assess your computer skills by filling out the AHE Technology Self Assessment. (This Self-Assessment is for your records only and is not part of your application packet).

If you have questions as you proceed through the application process, please do not hesitate to contact or call 360-650-3170 for assistance (staff is available Monday-Friday, 8 am to 5 pm (Pacific Time)).  

The Graduate School mailing address is:                          

Western Washington University-Graduate School
516 High Street, MS-9037, OM 530
Bellingham, WA 98225-9037
Phone: (360) 650-7704

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