Mission and Accreditation

Mission Statement

To Promote Graduate Education and Scholarship in Service of Our Students and Society

The Graduate School at Western Washington University advances the highest academic and professional standards in graduate education through advocacy, support and oversight that:

  • Fosters the academic and professional success of graduate students and postdoctoral scholars,
  • Promotes scholarship, research and the creation of new knowledge,
  • Encourages diversity, scholarly integrity, and inclusivity.


Western Washington University' is 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.

Program Accreditation

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 Clinical Doctorate in Audiology and the Master of Arts program in Speech-Language Pathology are accredited by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (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.