Programs Offered

The University offers 14 master's degree programs and one doctoral program.

Doctor of Management
Master of Arts in Counseling

Master of Arts in Criminal Justice
Master of Divinity
Master of Education
Master of Arts in English
Master of Arts in History
Master of Arts in Humanities
Master of Arts in Management
Master of Arts in Religion
Master of Business Administration
Master of Christian Ministry
Master of Public Administration
Master of Science in Nursing
Master of Science in Multidisciplinary Science

Graduate programs operate within the framework of the University's mission of integrating faith and learning. Each graduate degree program stresses the development of professional competence as well as the initiative, resourcefulness, and responsibility required of those who desire to become intellectual and professional leaders.

Graduate Study

Essential to quality graduate study is careful selectivity in the admission of students.
Selective entrance requirements are partly for the maintenance of the high standards which characterize graduate study and partly for the benefit of the student who needs to determine early whether to undertake graduate work.

Since the programs, policies, statements, fees, and/or courses contained herein are subject to continuous review and evaluation, the University reserves the right to make changes at any time without notice. This publication is, therefore, not intended to produce a contract between the student and the University, but rather it is intended merely to supply to the student information available at the time of printing.

Graduate Faculty

All graduate courses are taught by graduate or adjunct graduate faculty. Graduate faculty
members must meet qualification requirements as established by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The Graduate Council on an annual basis approves appointments to the graduate faculty.

Affiliation and Accreditation

Wayland Baptist University is affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas. Wayland Baptist University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award degrees and certificates at the associate, baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral levels. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call (404) 679-4500 in order to (1) learn about the accreditation status of the institution, (2) file a third-party comment at the time of the institution’s decennial review, or (3) file a complaint against the institution for alleged non-compliance with a standard or requirement. Normal inquiries about the institution, such as admission requirements, financial aid, educational programs, etc., should be addressed directly to the institution and not to the Commission’s office. The university is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music. The university’s baccalaureate nursing program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). Contact ACEN at 3343 Peachtree Rd. NE, Ste 850, Atlanta, GA 30326 or call (404) 975-5000. The university is also accredited by the Texas Education Agency for teacher certification and for veterans training, and the Texas Board of Nursing.

The University is also accredited by the State Board for Teacher Certification.


The associate vice president of external campuses and graduate services administers the graduate studies program. The Graduate Council is responsible for all policies and procedures related to the graduate program. The Graduate Council implements policies, determines admissions standards, hears student appeals and sets the graduate curricula. The Graduate Council is composed of the deans of each school that routinely offers graduate courses, an executive director/campus dean from an external campus that routinely offers graduate courses, and three at-large graduate faculty members, at least one of whom must be from an external campus. The associate vice president of external campuses and graduate services chairs the Graduate Council. The university registrar and the director of university library services serve as ex-officio, non-voting members of the Council.

Responsibilities of the Student

The graduate student accepts full responsibility for knowing and fulfilling all the general
and specific regulations and requirements for admission to graduate standing and for completing the chosen program of study. For that reason, it is imperative that the incoming student be familiar with all graduate regulations contained in this catalog, thus enabling the student to complete requirements on schedule and in the manner required. The University and the Graduate Admissions Committee reserve the right to refuse admission to any applicant whose admission or continued enrollment is deemed to be undesirable.

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