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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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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 Peter Miterko, smiling with plants in the background

Peter Miterko graduated from WWU with an MA in anthropology in 2017 and was one of WWU's Outstanding Graduate Students. He specialized in participatory action research with a focus on permanent supportive housing. In March 2020, the journal Housing and Society published an article from Miterko's thesis entitled “Resident identified strengths and challenges of project-based permanent supportive housing program implementation in a small metropolitan county.” A second article from his thesis, "Reframing sense of community with photovoice: perspectives from residents of a permanent supportive housing program who have experienced chronic homelessness," is forthcoming in the Journal of Community Practice.  

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).

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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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WWU graduate Amrit Abbasi smiling in hood and gown

During my time as a graduate student at Western, there were constant opportunities to expand and broaden my research. The faculty and peers that I was surrounded by not only encouraged my work, but helped me to seek out connections and resources to enlighten me as an ever-growing scholar. As someone who studies within a unique field that was nonexistent in my department, I never felt that I couldn’t succeed—instead, spaces for my interests were created for me, and I was inspired to create my own spaces and spaces for others like myself. Western’s Graduate School allowed me to be the interdisciplinary student and teacher I’ve always desired to be, and post-graduation, continues to motivate me to keep striving for my goals.

Amrit Abbasi
MS English, 2021
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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