Graduate students are screened and admitted into the various programs, each of which has admissions standards and designated graduate faculty. Campus wide standards for admissions, selection of faculty, curricular revisions, operating policies and final examinations are established in accordance with recommendations of the Graduate Programs Committee.
The graduate faculty consists of the president and vice president of academic affairs of WOU, the academic deans, the director of graduate programs, the colleges’ graduate faculty coordinators and members of the faculty who have been named by their divisions and approved by the director of graduate studies.
Each graduate student at WOU is expected to meet the following objectives pertinent to their specific graduate program:
- Demonstrate the advanced competence and skill in the mastery of concepts, principles, systems and practices which are in the context of the student’s specialty.
- Demonstrate advanced competence and skill in reading, interpreting and applying the research and literature of the professional studies component of the student’s graduate program.
- Demonstrate awareness and understanding of ethical, philosophical and cultural issues that apply to the professional component of the student’s graduate program.
- Demonstrate the ability to synthesize and apply program skills and knowledge through the program’s exit requirement.