As an individual who seeks information to make important career and professional development decisions, you can find answers here to the most frequently asked questions about our school.


What is Wayland Baptist University?

Answer: Wayland Baptist University (WBU) is a four year academic university. It was established in Plainview, Texas, in l908 as a private liberal arts school. Today it is a private, church-related co-educational University that serves both a traditional and non-traditional student population. The University has extension campuses in Hawaii, New Mexico, Arizona, Oklahoma, Texas, and Alaska. The Oklahoma, Altus Campus was established in 2000. The Altus Campus is located in the Billman Educational Center on the Altus Air Force Base.

Is Wayland Baptist University an accredited school?

Answer: Yes. WBU is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia, 30033-4097: Telephone (404) 679-4501, to award Associate and Bachelor degrees. All professors possess an earned Masters degree or greater from a regionally accredited post-secondary institute.

What degrees does WBU/Altus offer and what majors are available in these degrees?

Answer: Wayland extension campuses offer several degree types: a Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S.), a Bachelor of Christian Ministry (B.C.M.), a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.), a Master of Arts in Management (M.A.M.), a Master of Christian Ministry (M.C.M.), a Master of Education (M. Ed.) and a Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.).

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What is a BAS degree?

Answer: A Bachelor of Applied Science degree is a fully accredited degree program designed for working adults. The degree program takes into consideration that working adults receive college level training and work experience in the work force. This Applied Science (AS) portion of the degree title means that the adult student receives credit from work experience and training gained through business and industrial programs, military service schools, apprenticeship programs, on-the-job training, and other traditional and non-traditional learning experiences. Under the BAS degree program an individual can receive up to 12 college credit hours for 48 months of performance evaluated work experience. The total credit hours required for the BSOE degree is 124 hours.

What is a degree completion program?

Answer: A degree completion program enables non-traditional students the opportunity to complete their degree while remaining in their present jobs. All college classes are offered in the evenings, weekends, or at noontime. In addition, the degree completion program is specifically tailored to take maximum advantage of an individual's previous academic and work achievements. The credits earned from previous colleges and work training, and work experience documents are complied for a student and applied to a student's specific degree plan. Sources of credit may also include military training, credits from technical and business schools, junior college course work, College Level Examination Placement (CLEP), Defense Academic Non-Traditional Education System (DANTES), ACT/PEP examinations, and other sources.

What is Wayland's religious affiliation?

Answer: WBU is affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas. The mission of the University is to provide liberal arts education within a Christian context. Wayland is not a Bible college. All students are welcome to attend, regardless of religious affiliation.

Who is a typical Altus Campus external degree-seeking student?

Answer: The typical Altus Campus student is a full-time working professional, in his/her mid-thirties. This typical student has completed approximately 30 semester hours of college courses and is seeking a BSOE degree. In addition, about 80% of the Campus's student-population are on active duty or part-time duty status within the Armed Forces.

How can I receive an unofficial academic evaluation of my previous college course work, work training, and work experience?

Answer: At the Altus Campus main office located at Billman Education Center on the Altus Air Force Base, an academic advisor will conduct a NO-COST unofficial academic evaluation. This unofficial evaluation helps the student determine the most appropriate degree. To assist the advisor, the student should bring to the evaluation copies of college transcripts, work-related training certificates, work performance evaluations, and credit-through-examination programs. An interested individual may come in, or call ahead for an appointment for a free-evaluation.