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Adding, Changing, or Resuming Graduate Programs

Some EWU graduate students decide after enrolling in their program to pursue a dual degree program, add a graduate certificate, or add a second graduate degree. Others decide to change their degree concentration or program altogether after enrolling. Still, others may take a leave of absence from their graduate program and wish to return to finish their degree. See the instructions below for each possible scenario that involves adding, changing, or resuming your graduate course of study.

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Add a Program or Certificate

You may choose to add a dual program, a graduate certificate, or an additional graduate degree.

Adding a Dual Program

EWU has three approved dual degree programs for graduate students:

  • MBA/MPA
  • MURP/MPA
  • MSW/MPA

If you want to add a second degree that is not part of an approved dual degree program, see the instructions below for "Adding an Additional Graduate Degree."

If you've already enrolled in one of these programs and want to pursue a dual degree, you must apply to the second program. However, your application fee is waived. Please follow these instructions when you apply:

  1. Fill out the second program's online application completely. Do not submit it. (Submitting it requires paying an application fee.)
  2. Email gradprograms@ewu.edu with the subject line: "Dual Program Applicant."
  3. State that you have completed the online application. Include the name of the program application that requires the fee waiver.

After completing these steps, EWU Graduate Studies will submit your application on your behalf and waive your application fee.

Note that students who complete dual programs are required to submit separate Candidacy forms for both programs.

Adding a Graduate Certificate

Students often find that graduate certificates are a nice complement to their primary degree. To add one, you must apply to the certificate program, but your application fee is waived. Please follow these instructions when you apply:

  1. Fill out the certificate program's online application completely. Do not submit it. (Submitting it requires paying an application fee.)
  2. Email gradprograms@ewu.edu with the subject line: "Adding a Certificate."
  3. State that you have completed the online application. Include the name of the certificate application that requires the fee waiver.

Students who add a certificate are required to submit separate Candidacy forms for their degree and certificate programs.

Adding an Additional Graduate Degree

If you are adding a second master's degree that isn't part of an approved dual program (i.e., MBA/MPA, MURP/MPA, MSW/MPA), you are required to pay an additional application fee when you apply. You are also required to submit separate Candidacy forms for each program.


Changing Your Program or Concentration

If you decide you want to change to a different EWU graduate program, you must apply and be admitted to the new program.

If you are enrolled in a program with multiple concentrations and want to change yours, please consult with your graduate program. Their approval is required for any change to a concentration.


Returning to Finish a Graduate Program

If you were previously admitted and enrolled in an EWU graduate program and took a leave of absence, you may be eligible for re-admission to finish your program. EWU graduate students are given six years* to complete a graduate program before their coursework expires. You may be eligible for re-admission to pick up where you left off in your program if:

  1. You are able to finish your program within this six-year window. (The six-year period begins with the first term that you completed coursework toward your graduate program.)
  2. Your program is willing to re-admit you into the program.
  3. You have no unmet financial, academic, or disciplinary obligations pending with EWU.

If six years or more have elapsed since you completed your first graduate program coursework, you will need to follow the steps of our normal application process to restart your program.

To apply for re-admission to an EWU graduate program, complete our Application for Re-Admission: .pdf or .doc.

*Under certain circumstances, students may be granted an appeal to include coursework older than six years toward completion of their graduate program. See our Appeals Process page for more information.

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