Distance Learning

Continuing Education in Maryland

External Degree

The External Degree Program is designed to meet the needs of students who find it difficult to finish a college degree during traditional weekday hours or within fixed class schedules. Students are able to pursue their degrees without being confined exclusively to class schedules or to a campus. Courses are offered via online or print. The External Degree Program includes opportunities to earn college credit through credit-by-examination and professional portfolio assessment.

Programs Offered

Business Administration (BS), General Studies (BA, BS), Psychology (BA), Religion (BA), Theology (BA), General Studies (AA, AS), Business Administration Minor, Psychology Minor

Information About the Program

Non-degree-seeking students wishing to pursue individual courses for personal growth, certification, or to supplement a program that they are taking elsewhere, need not complete the degree program application, but should complete the following WAU Griggs University Enrollment Packet.

Through our distance learning programs, Washington Adventist University enables students to earn college credits and prepare for the competitive market, anytime and anywhere. Students are able to pursue their degrees without being confined to traditional class schedules or to a campus. Through a collaborative effort with Griggs University, the Washington Adventist University External Degree Program provides print-based courses leading to both bachelors and associate degrees.

Online Learning

Online Learning uses technology to facilitate learning without the constraints of time or place. Students can access course material, exchange ideas with faculty and other students, and submit course assignments via the Internet. Online courses allow students to earn college credits and prepare for the competitive market, anytime and anywhere. Students are able to pursue their degrees without being confined to traditional class schedules or to a campus. Online learning uses a schedule similar to the on-campus schedule, but offers the flexibility of learning at your own pace, within course deadlines.

Admission Requirements

Requirements for admission are detailed in the External Degree Catalog. Applications for admission are available from the SGPS office.

Financial Information

A non-refundable application fee of $50 covers the cost of processing and admission. Financial aid is currently not available for external degree students.

General Requirements

Transfer credit from approved institutions is accepted toward the degree. The last 30 hours must be Washington Adventist University courses. A cumulative GPA of 2.00 or better is required, but in the major a grade of “C” or better in each course and a cumulative GPA of at least 2.50 are required. The university provides opportunities to earn a limited number of hours through credit by examination and professional portfolio assessment.

Details of transfer policies, credit by examination and experiential learning may be found in the Academic Information section of the Academic Bulletin, Page 17.

Additional information about the program:

School of Graduate and Professional Studies Enrollment Counselor
Phone: 301-891-4092
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Glynis Bradfield
College Advisor, WAU External Degree Program
Griggs School of Distance Education, Andrews University
Phone: 269-471-6570    Fax: 269-471-2812