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    Professional Accounting (MPAcc)

    EWU's MPAcc program was created to best prepare graduates with practical professional education that will yield long-term success in today's highly-educated accounting workforce.

    Graduate Certificate in Addiction Studies

    The Graduate Certificate in Addiction Studies is designed for persons who have completed a bachelor's or master's degree with a background in social work or a related field and are interested in obtaining coursework that can lead to certification as a Chemical Dependency Professional. Students without a background in social work or related field will be required to complete prerequisite coursework to qualify for Washington state certification. 

    To accommodate students who are employed, all courses are offered online. Addiction Studies faculty and staff are available for personal academic advising for prospective and/or current student needs.

    Addiction Studies Licensed Professionals Graduate Certificate

    The Addiction Studies Licensed Professionals Graduate Certificate program is available for individuals who are currently licensed with the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) in one of the health care professions listed below or other state licensing boards with prior approval:

    Students who have completed this certificate program are eligible to sit for the NAADAC Level II examination. Contact ADST at for more information. Addiction Studies faculty and staff are available for personal academic advising for prospective and/or current student needs.


    The Master of Science in Biology Program provides a demanding and rewarding experience in biology, leading to competent scholarship and research capability. The department emphasizes research as a basic component of graduate study. A variety of research specialties are available within the department, including aquatic and riparian ecology, limnology, fisheries biology, embryology, physiology, exercise physiology, wildlife biology, mycology, plant ecology, microbiology, and immunology, among others.

    Graduates of the Biology Program either continue in PhD programs or are employed in various biological fields with federal, state, tribal and local agencies, environmental consulting firms, private conservation organizations, public and private schools or private industry.

    Business Administration (MBA)

    The Master of Business Administration (MBA) is an advanced professional degree in business administration emphasizing quantitative and qualitative skills necessary for leadership in today's organizational environments.

    Communication Sciences and Disorders

    The Master of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders is designed to equip the student with the academic and clinical skills required to function as a competent professional speech-language pathologist.


    This program addresses the need for trained communication professionals, including public relations practitioners, advertising writers, educators, graphic designers, consultants, print and electronic journalists -- anyone who must know how to create and manage messages in various contexts of today's dynamic world.

    Computer Science

    The Master's program in Computer Science has been designed to provide opportunities for professional growth in this rapidly changing field.  The program provides a balance between practical, up-to-date applications-oriented content, and a strong theoretical framework for continued learning.

    Counselor Education: Mental Health Counseling

    Designed for students wishing preparation as counselors or therapists in settings such as: mental health centers, hospitals, residential treatment centers, employment services and vocational rehabilitation services.

    Counselor Education: School Counseling

    This program is designed for students seeking preparation as counselors in school settings, primarily public schools.

    Creative Writing

    The Creative Writing program at Eastern Washington University offers full curricula in fiction, literary non-fiction, and poetry.

    Critical GIS and Public Anthropology

    The Master of Arts in Critical Global Information Systems (GIS) and Public Anthropology is designed to provide students with a set of practical skills, tools, and knowledge related to engaged community practice in critical social, cultural, geographic, economic and regulatory issues, particularly as it affects community institutions and non-profit / non-governmental institutions. Specifically, the program prepares students for critical and applied public research, analysis and advocacy in a range of fields, such as health care, education, environmental protection, law, advocacy, business, marketing, community organizing, community development, social services, and cultural resource management, among others.

    Dental Hygiene

    The MS in Dental Hygiene prepares graduates to meet the current and future health care demands of today's challenging health care system through the teaching of scientific advancements in dental care and advanced clinical skills.

    Disability Studies Certificate

    The Disability Studies Certificate program educates students to develop an understanding of disability, disability culture, and people with disabilities as inclusive members of society. The program's emphasis on universal access complements the university's mission to prepare its graduates to live and work in a diverse society.

    The Disability Studies certificate program will show you that disability is part of the tapestry of a diverse society. It emphasizes "universal access," the philosophy that society should be inclusive of people of all diverse backgrounds and traits, and that the responsibility for diversity transcends traditional identity-based characteristics. Universal access (UA) embraces an approach that responsible societies do not just accommodate minorities, but are constructed for people of all: both majority and minority, typical and atypical.

    In addition to the basic Graduate Certificate, Disability Studies offers three additional options: the Applied Graduate Certificate, the Critical Graduate Certificate, and the Critical and Applied Graduate Certificate.  For more information, please visit our program website to review each of these options.

    Education: Adult Education

    This program is developed to provide an advanced educational opportunity for those persons seeking to work with adults in educational settings.  No teaching certification required.

    Education: Curriculum and Instruction

    This program of study is designed for individuals wanting a broad understanding of the history, philosophy and organization of education.  Certification required.

    This area of emphasis is now open to international students who provide proof of certification to teach in their home country and provide professional references for their teaching experience.

    Education: Early Childhood Education

    This program of study is designed to provide candidates, with or without certification, advanced study in areas of Early Childhood Education.

    Education: Foundations of Education

    This program is designed for the individual wanting a broad understanding of the history, philosophy and organization of education.  No teaching certification required.

    Education: Leadership

    The Master of Education with Leadership Emphasis at Eastern Washington University prepares educators with the knowledge and skills for positions of leadership in public, private, and charter schools of all sizes, prekindergarten through grade 12.  Upon completion of the master's degree, students will also have completed the requirements of the Washington State Department of Public Instruction and qualify for a Washington Residency Principal certificate.


    Education: Literacy

    This program is designed for both classroom and reading coaches as they work toward an understanding of the role that literacy plays across the curriculum and over time.  Teaching certification required.

    Master in Teaching (MIT)

    Do you want to become an elementary or secondary teacher? Do you already have a bachelor's degree? Consider our MIT program! Get your teacher certification AND a masters degree in Master in Teaching.

    Eastern Washington University's Master In Teaching (MIT) is a non-traditional graduate degree program designed for individuals planning a career change into the field of teaching, who hold a bachelor’s degree in an area other than education, did not previously take teaching certification coursework and are interested in receiving both an MEd degree and a residency teaching certificate for teaching in the elementary grades. The program offers students the opportunity to acquire a Washington State Residency Teacher Certification and a Master’s Degree in education.

    Executive Certificate in Tribal Planning

    Through the unique relations between American Indian tribal governments and the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians, and the Northwest Tribal Technical Assistance Program, EWU has developed a curriculum in American Indian tribal planning at the graduate level to serve tribal government leaders and staff, American Indian students, and anyone interested in understanding tribal planning practice. The Executive Certificate in Tribal Planning is a 23 Credit Curriculum that can be part of a graduate program at EWU or a stand-along certificate. The purpose of the Executive Certificate is to provide executive level education on tribal planning and tribal government administration to serve American Indian tribal leaders, staff, tribal members and interested students.

    English: Literature and Writing

    The MA degree in English: Literature and Writing emphasizes critical study in English and American Literature as preparation for advanced study in a PhD program or for careers that rely on research, critical analysis, careful reading, and clear written communication.

    English: Rhetoric and Technical Communication

    This program provides students with theoretical and applied knowledge in professional and technical communication. It explores the complex interrelationships between rhetoric and technical writing in their social, technological, and cultural contexts.

    English: Teaching English as a Second Language

    The MA degree in English: TESL prepares pre-service and in-service teachers of speakers of English as a second language (ESL), or a foreign language (EFL), to teach second language literacy, culture, and communication skills.

    Graduate Certificate in Gender & Sexuality Studies

    This certificate is designed to enable students to gain a deep understanding of the ways gender and sexuality structure our existence individually and socially. Gender and Sexuality are being ever more relevant topics in many disciplines, especially due to  ongoing social and legal changes around these issues.

    The Graduate Certificate in Gender and Sexuality studies is 23 credits. Students may apply for a stand-alone graduate certificate, or the certificate may be taken in addition to their master's degree in another discipline.

    Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Certificate

    The Geographic Information Systems (GIS) certificate program is designed for students seeking professional careers in environmental fields, GIS, and education. It may also prove beneficial for those going on to graduate study. Typical career fields include computer cartography and GIS, urban and regional planning, community development, environmental analysis, park ranger, intelligence analyst, hydrologist, climatologist, natural resources specialist, demographer, historic preservation specialist, and numerous other environmental areas.


    The MA program in History is designed to prepare students for pursuits requiring advanced historical training. Students enroll in our program with a variety of career and academic goals in mind: 

    With EWU's MA in History, students can design a program to suit their needs. Our program is flexible and friendly to working professionals with most courses in the evenings at EWU's Spokane campus. We also offer financial support in the form of teaching assistantships for many second-year students.

    Interdisciplinary Studies

    Interdisciplinary programs, using existing offerings from qualified departments, may be arranged with the approval of the Director of Graduate Studies and a committee representing the fields of study involved.

    You must contact the departments you wish to work with as well as the Graduate Studies Office at before applying for this program.

    Music: Composition Emphasis

    Students will engage in graduate-level research, analysis and performance practice. Program will focus on advanced compositional techniques, theory application and current compositional practices. A final recital of students' compositions will be required.

    Music: Liberal Arts

    Students will analyze, interpret and/or compose at the graduate level, and demonstrate the technical and aesthetic value of music through performance, teaching and research. This degree track allows students to explore a range of music studies that may include performance, history, research or pedagogical projects.

    Music: Jazz Pedagogy Emphasis

    The graduate emphasis in jazz pedagogy offers students advanced studies in jazz improvisation, jazz history, jazz arranging, instrument pedagogy and ensemble directing and conducting. This program is designed for students with the goal of becoming a music educator at either the secondary or collegiate level.

    Music: Music Education Emphasis

    Students will engage in graduate-level research, analysis and performance practice. Primary focus will be on advanced pedagogical principles and practice in current music education.

    Music: Performance Emphasis

    Students will engage in graduate-level research, analysis and performance practice. They will demonstrate advanced performance techniques and interpretation through public recitals, culminating in a final formal concert, including a detailed research paper focusing on the performance repertoire.

    Occupational Therapy

    The Master of Occupational Therapy degree prepares entry-level graduates to provide occupational therapy services with distinctiveness and compassion in a variety of professional practice environments.

    Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT)

    This program is designed for students who are interested in becoming certified athletic trainers. It prepares students to sit for the Board of Certification's national examination and to work competently in the field of Athletic Training and Sports Medicine.

    Physical Education: Exercise Science Emphasis

    The MS in Physical Education: Exercise Science allows the prospective graduate to become a leader in the areas of corporate fitness, cardiac rehabilitation, and public fitness.

    Physical Education: Sports and Recreation Administration Emphasis

    The MS in Physical Education: Sports and Recreation Management is tailored to meet the needs of individuals who may be interested in administrative aspects of physical education and recreation, or coaching.

    Physical Therapy

    The Doctor of Physical Therapy degree prepares leaders for the profession of physical therapy, whose focus of practice is to diagnose and manage movement dysfunction and enhance the physical and functional abilities of the clients they serve.

    Principal Certificate

    The Principal Certification program at Eastern Washington University prepares educators with the knowledge and skills for positions of leadership in public, private, and charter schools of all sizes, prekindergarten through grade 12.  Upon completion of the program, students will have completed the requirements of the Washington State Department of Public Instruction and qualify for a Washington Residency Principal certificate.


    Designed to prepare students for research or teaching in psychology.  Methodology and both basic and applied research are emphasized.  Students are prepared to enter doctoral programs or to seek employment in appropriate master's-level positions.

    Public Administration

    An understanding of government operations and public policy formulation is important for many managerial positions whether they are in government, non-profit organizations or for-profit businesses. The behavior of governmental agencies and the public policies they implement affect all of us.

    From licensing to environmental regulations, governmental institutions make key decisions affecting society. From social services to public roads, government authorizes, funds and delivers goods and services that are vital to the health of a community. Those who want to get ahead need to be able to influence, or at least anticipate, governmental actions. The Master of Public Administration degree is designed to prepare people for leadership roles in their organizations and communities.

    Public Health

    The Master of Public Health degree prepares students to meet the growing demands of population health to improve the health of all communities throughout the region, the nation, and the globe.

    Public Management Development Certificate

    The Public Management Development Certificates Program is available to students who are interested in engaging in study in public administration but not in commitment to an entire MPA program. Both a basic certificate (16 credits) and an advanced certificate (36 credits) are available.

    Course offerings within the basic program provide an introduction to the concepts and skills associated with public sector administrative responsibilities. The advanced certificate program permits further development in the fundamentals of public sector management. Admission to the certificate program is upon the same basis as is admission to the MPA program.

    Regional Economic Policy Analysis

    The Graduate Certificate in Regional Economic Policy Analysis offers the opportunity to expand and enhance quantitative skills to analyze policy issues such as the regional economic impact of proposed housing projects, plant closures, or social program expansions. The focus of the certificate is on the development of analytical methods of economics and statistics, identification of appropriate statistical information for regional analysis, tools, methodologies and techniques of policy analysis, and the use of analytical tools and methods such as GIS, input-output analysis, regression analysis and computer modeling.

    The REPA Certificate is a 28 credit curriculum that can be a part of a graduate program at EWU or a stand-alone certificate.  All MURP or MPA students must complete the graduate admissions requirements for the Planning or Public Administration program.  Students must complete the prerequisites or equivalent coursework; complete the 16 credits of required courses; and 12 credits of electives as listed below.

    School Psychology Respecialization (Online) - EdS

    This online distance-learning hybrid program is designed for working professionals and is offered through online coursework with synchronous and in-person training requirements. Program graduates earn both a school psychology certificate and an Educational Specialist degree in school psychology. Appropriate candidates for the program are educators or those working in education, counseling, mental health or psychology-related fields. The program now accepts applicants with both master's and bachelor's degrees. Applicants with bachelor's degrees must have completed either three years of full-time teaching or at least five years of relevant professional experience in a closely related field to be considered. We adhere to a scientist-practitioner model that prepares students for practice as a school psychologist. Candidates completing our program earn their Educational Specialist Degree and receive a Residency Educational Staff Associate (ESA) Certificate in School Psychology from Washington's Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI). Students are encouraged to seek national certification through preparation of individual portfolios.

    Coursework, practicum, internship, and portfolio expectations are aligned with state and national training standards set forth by the National Association of School Psychologists. Specific areas of training include student and program evaluation (measurement principles); development of academic and social-behavioral intervention plans (e.g., instructional and behavioral analysis, consultation and home-school collaboration); and research (methods and statistics). The program adopts a preventive focus by training candidates to assess and intervene at the individual, school-wide and at-risk group level. Knowledge and skills are developed through integrated coursework, field experiences and internship.

    Social Work

    The School is dedicated to promoting leadership in engaging individuals, families, and communities; policy-making; research; and, education for social work professionals. The School prepares its graduates to be ethical and effective change agents at the intersection of families, cultures, communities, and organizations. We are especially committed to educating first-generation college students and those from underserved communities. Graduates will practice with mindfulness about historical oppression and hopefulness in fostering a more socially just world.

    The School of Social Work offers degrees in Cheney/Spokane, Everett, Vancouver, and in a hybrid model.  Please refer to their program site for details on all locations.

    Teaching of Writing Certificate

    Combines training in writing curriculum components and design, and the teaching of grammar and writing assessment, with a supervised classroom teaching experience.

    Urban and Regional Planning

    Designed to prepare professionals who can develop and administer planning policies for the economic vitality, resource efficiency, and environmental quality of communities and regions.

    Contact Information

    Graduate Studies
    206 Showalter Hall
    Cheney, WA 99004

    phone: 509.359.6297
    fax: 509.359.6044

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