Wayland's first outreach was with a language school in Guadalajara, Mexico, in 1948. Though the program was short-lived, the university continued to want to expand its borders. In 1972, it did so with the first external campus established in Lubbock, specifically to offer criminal justice coursework to law enforcement officers under a new federally funded program. When funding for that was cut, the campus expanded into general degree offering, specifically for working adults desiring to take courses in the evenings. The external campuses grew to Wichita Falls, Amarillo and Hawaii during the same decade, then expanded into San Antonio, Alaska, Arizona and New Mexico. In 1999, Wayland began a partnership with the Kenya Baptist Theological College in Africa to offer the associates degree and was later approved for the full Bachelor of Arts degree.