Washington Adventist University Enrolls Record Number of Graduate Students This Fall

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The five-year increase in graduate students at the university exceeds 67 percent.

Nicole Currier, dean of the School of Graduate and Professional Studies

This university takes a holistic approach to education that nurtures mind, body and soul, which is something that busy adults value, particularly those who are earning degrees while holding full-time jobs and raising families.

The number of graduate students enrolled at Washington Adventist University (WAU) this fall is a record number for the School of Graduate and Professional Studies, which offers convenient evening classes to accommodate the needs of working adults. The 181 graduate students who registered for the fall semester reflect more than a 67 percent increase over five years ago, when graduate students numbered only 108.

“We are pleased that more adults in the Washington metropolitan area are discovering the convenience and accessibility of the classes offered at Washington Adventist University,” said Nicole Currier, dean of the School of Graduate and Professional Studies. “This university takes a holistic approach to education that nurtures mind, body and soul, which is something that busy adults value, particularly those who are earning degrees while holding full-time jobs and raising families.”

The School of Graduate and Professional Studies (SGPS) offers eight accelerated graduate degree programs – business administration, counseling psychology, healthcare administration, nursing education, nursing and business leadership, public administration, psychology, and religion. Both the business administration and public administration degree programs are also offered fully online.

As one of the first adult evening programs in the nation, the School of Graduate and Professional Studies is celebrating its 30th year. What began initially as an adult evening program offering two undergraduate degrees has expanded to the current offerings of 11 accelerated undergraduate degree programs, along with the eight graduate programs.

For more information about the programs offered by the School of Graduate and Professional Studies, call 301-891-4092. Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Monday-Thursday; and 8:30 a.m. to noon on Friday. Anyone interested in applying online should go to http://www.wau.edu/graduate-studies. Registration starts November 10 for the spring 2015 semester.

Washington Adventist University is Montgomery County's only four-year private college. Part of the Seventh-day Adventist system of higher education, Washington Adventist University has been educating college students since 1904 on a 19-acre campus in suburban Takoma Park, close to the nation’s capital. A total of 1,080 students of all faiths participate in the university’s eight graduate and 32 undergraduate programs. The 2014 edition of U.S. News & World Report ranked Washington Adventist University among the best regional colleges in the north.

Media Contacts:
Angie Crews, 301-891-4134, acrews(at)wau(dot)edu
Donna Bigler, 240-286-1169, dbigler(at)wau(dot)edu

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