School of Graduate and Professional Studies

For more than 30 years, Washington Adventist University (WAU) has been a leader in providing career building degree programs for working professionals through its School of Graduate and Professional Studies (SGPS). In a supportive and nurturing environment that meets the needs of adult learners, the SGPS currently offers 11 accelerated evening undergraduate programs and eight master’s programs (including two fully online – the Master of Business Administration and Master of Arts in Public Administration programs).

SGPS staff is available from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Monday - Thursday, and 8:30 a.m. to noon on Friday to help new students find the program that best suits their needs. A simple phone call is all it takes to get started.

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If you already know which program you are interested in, fill out the online application. With ongoing application periods and swift admission decisions (once all applicant materials are received), Washington Adventist University can get you started on a new or enhanced career path as soon as you are ready. Apply here:

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Associate in General Studies

The general education program provides students the opportunity to develop skills in the context of a wide variety of disciplines. In the required courses students will:

  • Explore fundamental concepts of the Humanities
  • Understand fundamental methods of scientific investigation
  • Acquire knowledge of belief systems
  • Explore the diversity of human expression
  • Integrate the principles of physical, mental, social  and spiritual health into the activities of daily living

View the Associate in General Studies - Professional Studies section of the academic bulletin.

Early Childhood Education

The Bachelors of Arts in Early Childhood Education Program is an accelerated degree completion program designed to prepare professional early childhood educators and service providers to meet the needs of young children and their families. The focus of the program is to provide a balanced curriculum that reflects education theory, relevant practices, and a variety of field experiences and internships in early childhood settings.

View the Early Childhood Education - Professional Studies section of the academic bulletin.

Elementary/Special Education

The Bachelors of Arts in Early Childhood Education Program is an accelerated degree completion program designed to prepare professional early childhood educators and service providers to meet the needs of young children and their families. The focus of the program is to provide a balanced curriculum that reflects education theory, relevant practices, and a variety of field experiences and internships in early childhood settings.

View the Elementary/Special Education - Professional Studies section of the academic bulletin.

Nursing/Excell

The Bachelors of Science in Nursing/ Excell degree was developed with the working heal care professional who wishes to expand their education in nursing. Following the same 18 month continuous progression as the other SGPS degree and certificates, the EXCELL Nursing program decreases the number of at- school hours along with a decrease in associated clinical hours and an increase in written assignments based on work experience. Additional class projects will allow for immediate application to the work environment, all while attending courses only two evenings per week.

View the Nusing - Professional Studies section of the academic bulletin, as well as information on our Department of Nursing.