Mission and Accreditation


The mission of the Graduate School is to advance, promote, and serve graduate faculty, students, and programs through advocacy, leadership, and oversight. The Graduate School supports all graduate programs and students at Western, expanding graduate and undergraduate student access to engaging education, promoting life-long learning, enhancing scholarly activity, and developing graduates qualified to address the diverse critical needs of the state and nation.


Western Washington University's graduate programs are accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). WWU is a member of the Council of Graduate Schools in the United States and adheres to the general policies and criteria established by this national association.

College of Business and Economics

The College of Business and Economics is accredited by the AACSB International Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.


The Clinical Mental Health Counseling, School Counselor, and Rehabilitation Counseling programs are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

The Master of Arts program in Speech-Language Pathology is accredited by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA). The Clinical Doctorate in Audiology has received Candidacy for Accreditation by the CAA.

Department of Music

The Department of Music is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).

Educator Certification

Graduate programs which result in educator certification are accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education.