Gateway to Service….. Engaging Minds, Transforming Lives

Missions Department

Welcome to the "Gateway to Service"! Washington Adventist University is home to the longest standing collegiate missions program in the Seventh-day Adventist church. Beginning in the summer of 1959, Marlin Mathiesen, then a student at Washington Missionary College, began a rich tradition that has become customary among most Adventist institutions across our nation.


The Missions Department is committed to keeping the spirit of service alive. Each year we commit to four life-changing mission trips abroad and weekly outreach in our neighboring communities. Take a moment to view our galleries, learning about our ministries and their leaders, hear our amazing stories, and be inspired to fulfill whatever purpose God has for your life.

WAU Sabbath Year in Review 2014


Extend Mission Experience Reaching Globally to Everyone (EMERGE) is a mission movement on the campus of Washington Adventist University, which provides students the opportunity to participate in short term missions outside of the United States of America.





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.