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Dive into cutting-edge research in graduate school at Western Washington University, where you can expand your professional horizons in a community of curious minds and innovative problem solvers.

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The WWU Graduate School is rated the #1 public master’s degree granting university in the Pacific Northwest! Join the ranks of excellence with over 1,000 graduate students in our 30+ master’s degree and certificate programs that range from mathematics to anthropology to school counseling.

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Can Alpine Flora Migrate in Response to Climate Change?

WWU graduate student LiAn Noonan sitting on grass with colorful street art in background

LiAn Noonan is a second-year graduate student of Biology who studies endemics, or alpine-adapted and occasionally rare flora, in the Northern Sierra Nevada and Southern Cascades. Noonan is a recipient of the Fraser & Hodgson Family Fellowship and the WWU Graduate Research Award for her thesis project entitled, “Continuity of Floristics in the Alpine Zone of the Cascade-Sierran Axis: Is there a Continuum?” Noonan is interested in whether flora from the Sierra Nevada have the potential to migrate in response to climate change.  

WWU graduate student Liz Cameron

Liz Cameron is a WWU graduate student in biology who studies cellular stability during development. She is a recipient of both the WWU Graduate Research Award and the WWU Washington Space Grant Summer Research Award, a ten-week internship funded by NASA through the Washington Space Grant Consortium, for her thesis project, Interrogating dynamic changes in centrosome protein conformation with FRET-FLIM," as it relates to NASA's Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate (HEOMD).

Text on dark blue background: Grad Student Thesis Presentations Open to the Public

Dive into current graduate research at WWU by attending a selection of upcoming public thesis presentations. If you need accommodations for a disability, please contact gradschool@wwu.edu.  

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At WWU, we want you to flourish, and there are a number of options for advancing your education. Accelerate your career with a 5-year combined undergraduate/graduate program. Deepen your scholarship with dedicated faculty mentors and graduate research opportunities. Apply your growing expertise with fieldwork. Expand your professional potential with a flexible hybrid MBA, education certificate, or rehabilitation counseling degree.

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Read the Storyabout turning mussel waste into agricultural gold

WWU graduate student Hannah Fisher, smiling, with cliff face in background

The master’s program in Biology at Western was a good choice for me. The research culture at WWU is collaborative rather than competitive. And one of the best features of it that has translated to my work at Northwest Pathology as well is being able to do investigative research and have ownership over it. It’s been amazing to be able to decide which offshoot of biology is the right one for me, whether that’s more clinical or research based. Having this experience where I can work on my research project and I can have a job at NWpath really lets all of that skillset come together. It helps me make a better decision about what I want to do with my future.

Hannah Fisher
Graduate Student in Biology
Steve Brazel wearing a white baseball cap and blue gingham shirt, hugging a small black dog in front of a bay

The Western audiology experience has given me more than I could have imagined. Is it hard? Absolutely! However, WWU audiology is setting a high standard that I believe rivals the most prestigious of audiology programs. I’m very proud to be a part of such a great group of people.

Steve Brazel
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Mayra Delgado in a chemistry laboratory

During her graduate studies, Mayra Delgado enjoyed many roles: researcher and author, student and teacher, and mentor and mentee. She published five articles on her research, including three as the first author. She was also able to pass along her knowledge as a teaching assistant and mentor.

Mayra Delgado
MS Chemistry, 2017

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