To Apply

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 -      June 1
  • Spring - February 1

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.

  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. Email addresses for your references; the application includes a reference letter request system that will automatically send emails to the recommenders you specify, and provide them with a form to make their recommendations. 

The Miller Analogies Test (MAT) is preferred and recommended for applicants to the program (see Testing information below); however we will accept the GRE general test.  Testing should be scheduled before or soon after the application deadline (scores will be emailed to the Graduate School from the Testing Center).  Previous test scores must be current within the past 5 years; no test scores are required if the applicant holds an advanced degree.  

Computer competence is expected.  You can self-assess your computer skills by filling out the AHE Technology Self Assessment.

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

Testing: MAT (Miller Analogies Test) or
GRE (Graduate Record Exam)

While a standardized exam score is a required part of the application materials, it usually provides a partial picture of the ability of applicants to do well in the Adult and Higher Education program. Other variables are considered, such as the applicant's goals, prior work or volunteer experiences, and demonstration of continued lifelong learning.

The Miller Analogies Test is usually preferred by adults who do not have recent experiences doing math. According to the MAT information booklet, "The MAT is a high-level mental ability test requiring the solution of problems stated as analogies.  It consists of 120 partial analogies that are to be completed in 60 minutes. The MAT is intended to measure the ability to recognize relationships between ideas, fluency in the English language, and general knowledge of the humanities, natural sciences, mathematics, and social sciences." To prepare for the MAT, refer to Getting Ready. For information on testing times and cost, refer to the WWU Testing Center.  

An alternative assessment is the Graduate Record Exam. According to the GRE information bulletin, the general GRE "measures verbal, quantitative, and analytical skills that have been acquired over a long period of time and are not related to any specific field of study." For more information refer to GRE Registration and Test Centers.


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