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Academic Programs

Degrees and Certificates Offered

Washington Adventist University offers academic programs leading to the following degrees. Degrees are conferred only upon those who satisfactorily complete the specific requirements for graduation.

Two-Year Programs Leading to Associate Degrees Associate of Arts (AA)

 General Studies

  • Emphasis: Social Science Associate of Science (AS)
  • General Studies Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
  • Accounting
  • Computer Science
  • Information Systems

Four-Year Programs Leading to Baccalaureate Degrees

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Early Childhood Education Care and Education
  • English
  • English Education
  • History
  • Pre-Law*
  • History Education Track
  • Journalism
  • Broadcast Journalism *
  • Print Journalism *
  • Liberal Studies: Early Childhood Education
  • Liberal Studies: Elementary Education / Special Education
  • Music
  • Philosophy and Religion
  • Political Studies
  • Pre-Law*
  • Psychology
  • Public Communication
  • Intercultural Communication *
  • Public Relations *
  • Religion
  • Metropolitan Ministry*
  • Theology
  • Pastoral Ministry*

Bachelor of Music (BM)

  • Music Education
  • Music Performance

Bachelor of Science (BS)

  • Accounting
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Business Administration
  • Finance*
  • Management*
  • Marketing*
  • Chemistry
  • Counseling Psychology
  • Computer Science
  • General Studies
  • Health Care Administration
  • Health/Fitness Management
  • Health Science (BS)
  • Information Systems
  • Medical Imaging
  • Medical Laboratory Science
  • Nursing
  • Organizational Management
  • Physical Education
  • Physical Education: Teacher Certification
  • Respiratory Care - degree advancement program for registered respiratory therapists

Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)

(Off-campus program of Andrews University)

Programs Leading to Graduate Degrees

Master of Arts

  • Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology
  • Master of Arts in Health Care Administration
  • Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • Master of Arts in Public Administration
  • Master of Arts in Religion
  • Master of Business Administration

Master of Science

  • Master of Science in Nursing and Business Leadership
  • Master of Science In Nursing Education

Majors/Minors in Related Areas

If a student is completing two majors, there must be a minimum of 15 hours of unduplicated courses in each major, i.e., when looking at either major, there must be at least 15 hours of courses which do not show up in the other major. If a student is completing a major and a minor, there must be a minimum of 9 hours in the minor which are not included in the major. If a student is completing two or more minors there must be at least 9 hours of unduplicated courses in each minor.

Minor Fields of Study

Minor areas of concentration are offered in the following fields:

  • Accounting
  • American Religious History
  • American Studies
  • Applied Bioinformatics
  • Behavioral Science
  • Biology
  • Broadcast Journalism
  • Business Administration
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Counseling Psychology
  • English
  • Entrepreneurship
  • French*
  • Forensic Psychology
  • German*
  • Health Care Administration
  • History
  • Information Systems
  • Intercultural Communication
  • International Studies
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Mathematics
  • Metropolitan Ministry
  • Music
  • Organizational Management
  • Philosophy
  • Physical Education
  • Political Studies
  • Print Journalism
  • Psychology
  • Public Relations
  • Religion
  • Secondary Education
  • Spanish*
  • Sports Administration/Coaching
  • Web Design and Development
  • Writing

* Minor requires residency at an overseas campus through the Adventist Colleges Abroad program (ACA).

Special Program for Registered Nurses

WAU’s Edyth T. James Department of Nursing offers a special track, through the School of Graduate and Professional Studies, for registered nurses with a license from the Board of Nursing who wish to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. In addition to providing advanced nursing skills, the program offers opportunities for the registered nurse to gain strength in nursing theory, leadership, communication, and research skills. For additional information, contact the Edyth T. James Department of Nursing.

Teacher Certification

Courses leading to teacher certification are offered. Please contact the Department of Education for details.

Teacher Education Programs

Students may take courses leading toward teaching careers in the following Areas:

  • Business Education
  • Elementary Education
  • English Education
  • History Education
  • Mathematics Education
  • Music Education
  • Physical Education
  • Religious Education
  • Science Education
  • Social Studies Education

Please check with the Department of Education for state or denominational requirements and procedures.


School of Arts & Social Sciences 

The School of Arts & Social Sciences offers a curriculum focused on fostering the development of the skills essential to be successful in the global service economy of the 21st Century: writing, critical thinking, debate, analysis, and an understanding and appreciation for cultural diversity.

School of Health Professions, Science & Wellness

The School of Health Professions, Science & Wellness employs a philosophy that balances practical training and theory in approaching education for future health sciences professionals. We bridge the gap between concept and practice.

School of Graduate & Professional Studies (SGPS)

For more than 30 years, WAU has been a leader in providing career building undergraduate degree programs for working professionals. WAU has continued to expand those offerings by adding graduate programs. This provides undergraduate students the opportunity to transition into graduate programs and continue to enhance their skills and competitive marketability.