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?

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, as well as a Bachelor's program in Kenya, East Africa.

Is Wayland Baptist University an accredited school?

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, Bachelor, and Master degrees. All professors possess an earned Masters degree or greater from a regionally accredited post-secondary institute.

What degrees does WBU-Hawaii offer and what majors are available in these degrees?

Wayland's Hawaii campus offers three degree types: associate's degrees (Associate of Applied Science [AAS] and Associate of Arts [AA]), bachelor's degrees (Bachelor of Applied Science [BAS] and Bachelor of Christian Ministry [BCM], and several master's degrees. Consult the following for specific information regarding majors and requirements:
AA | AAS | BAS | BCM | Master's degrees

What is a BAS degree?

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 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 BAS degree is 124 hours.

What is a degree completion program?

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 compiled 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?

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 Hawaii Campus degree-seeking student?

The typical Hawaii Campus student is a full-time working professional, in his or her mid-thirties. This typical student has completed approximately 30 semester hours of college courses and is seeking a BAS degree. In addition, a large proportion 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?

At the Hawaii Campus main office located at 95-1091 Ainamakua Drive, Mililani, Hawaii 96789, 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.

Can I attend Wayland while I am still in high school?

High school students in their junior or senior years may qualify to take university-level courses concurrently. Please refer to our requirements and recommendations for concurrent students.

Why do I have to have a TB test within the last 12 months to attend Wayland?
It is the law in Hawaii. The Dept. of Health in Hawaii requires ALL new students provide proof that they have had a negative TB examination within the last 12 months before attending classes. It is also the state law to provide proof of having received two doses of measles-containing vaccine (MMR) unless the student was born prior to 1957. For more information, please view Information about Hawaii Health Dept. Requirements