19 March 2012
At a recent strategic planning committee meeting the question was asked, “Have we identified what behavior and traits a graduate of Washington Adventist University should exhibit?”
In other words what is distinctive of a WAU graduate? This certainly was a timely and relevant question as the committee debated the president’s Vision 2020 presentation for the institution. It is essential that we not only identify the desired behaviors and traits of the WAU graduate, but also in the administration of our daily responsibilities model, teach, mentor, and coach these behaviors in order to fulfill the vision of producing graduates who demonstrate competence and moral leadership to their communities. It is exciting to note and report to parents and students that the faculty, staff and trustees are united about the identified desired outcomes of our graduates. We agree that the preparation of a WAU graduate begins with a supportive and a committed faculty, staff and trustees. Our commitment is that the WAU students upon graduation will demonstrate competencies in the following areas:
They will understand the basic spirituality that is the heart of the university’s mission statement of community ethos. They will be committed to a belief and value system that results in responsible moral choices and the care of the body, mind, and spirit.
They will be able to communicate effectively through reading, writing, speaking, and listening and bee proficient in the use of electronic modes of communication.
Analytical Skills and Information Literacy
They will be able to find, evaluate, absorb, and synthesize information and solve problems through interpretation, analysis, evaluation, inference, explanation, and self-awareness.
They will be aware of the characteristics and needs of a diverse community, l understand the value of contributing time and effort to achieve community goals, and accept responsibility for personal actions. Their behavior in the community will reflect the importance of creating and maintaining a safe, orderly, healthy, and attractive environment.
They will be able to participate either as a member or leader of a committee, task force, board, or other group project in generating and achieving its collective goals.
They will be able to recognize and understand the value of fine and performing arts, as well as the aesthetic heritage found in a variety of cultures.
They will be able to show competency in a major field of study and understand the relationship of their particular discipline to the general education core of their liberal arts training.
This is Washington Adventist University.
Academic programs at Washington Adventist University are offered in three distinct schools; The School of Arts & Social Sciences, The School of Graduate & Professional Studies, and The School of Health Professions, Science & Wellness.
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. Find out more»
For more than 25 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. Find out more»
The School of Health Professions, Science & Wellness employs a philosophy that balances practical training and theory in approaching education for future health sciences professionals. Faculty are accomplished practitioners, as well as distinguished scholars, allowing them to bridge the gap between concept and practice. Find out more»
The Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree is designed to provide advanced public administration theory and practice. Students complete a balanced curriculum of 11 courses that provide opportunities to develop advanced business skills that are current and applicable to real-world business situations.
The School of Graduate and Professional Studies at Washington Adventist University was designed to accommodate the education needs of working adult students. The condensed program format allows students to complete a Master's degree in as little as 21 months in the one night a week program.
View the Master of Public Administration section of the academic bulletin.
The Master of Arts in Religion degree is designed to prepare pastors, lay church workers, and para-church workers for more effective ministry by providing graduate-level training that will hone the skills needed for effective ministry leadership through Master's level education in Christian ministry.
The program objectives are broadly summarized in five dimensions:
The School of Graduate and Professional Studies at Washington Adventist University was designed to accomodate the education needs of working adult students. The condensed program format allows students to complete a Master's degree in as little as 14 months with the flexibility of attending classes two nights per week or in 21 months in the one night per week program.
View the Master of Arts in Religion section of the academic bulletin.
The School of Graduate and Professional Studies, in conjunction with WAU’s Department of Psychology, offers two Master of Arts degree programs, one in Counseling Psychology and the other in Professional Counseling Psychology.
The M.A. degree in counseling Psychology prepares the Student to function as a counseling psychologist under the supervision of a licensed psychologist.
The M.A. degree in Professional Counseling Psychology prepares the student to be a counseling psychologist and to operate an independent practice. It is identical to the M.A. in Counseling Psychology with an additional 21 hours completed after Field Experience II. The student will be eligible to take the State of Maryland licensure exam (LCPC) upon completion of the M.A degree and 2000 hours of supervised clinical experience.