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The Western Institute for Social Research (WISR) is known as a premiere academic institute for social change since its inception in 1975. WISR offers individualized BA, MA and Doctoral* degree programs for working adults. WISR is a private, non-profit, unaccredited educational institution that is approved by the State of California. [“Approved” means, “approval to operate” which means compliance with state standards as set forth in the California Private Postsecondary Education Act of 2009 (California Education Code, Title 3,  Division 10, Part 59, Chapter 8).]*Effective June 1, 2013, WISR admits all new doctoral students to an EdD program, while previously enrolled doctoral students complete their PhDs–we made the decision to switch the PhD program to an EdD program to enable us to explore the possibility of seeking national accreditation with an agency approved to accredit professional doctoral degrees.

Areas of study are: Psychology (including a program that leads to the State’s Marriage and Family Therapy License as well as for those seeking to become a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor), Social Sciences, Human Services and Community Development, and Education and Social Change.

The Doctoral program is especially for college professors, adult and community educators; community service professionals and activists; and self-employed consultants and therapists interested in teaching, community involvement, or writing for professional or lay audiences. Students design their learning activities with faculty assistance – pursuing readings, practical projects, action-oriented research, meaningful writing in their own voice, and building bridges to their desired (and sometimes quite distinctive) career paths.

A few WISR students study from great distances – from throughout California and as far away as Colorado, Boston, Canada, Nigeria and Chile–and confer frequently with faculty by phone between occasional visits. WISR is a multiethnic institution and we embrace and celebrate diversity among our faculty and students.

Students are encouraged to consider issues of community improvement, social change, multiculturality and organizational innovation in their studies.

Students and Prospective Students are also expected to review the section on “Important Legally Required  Disclosures.”

More information about WISR is contained throughout this website and at our online blogging and news site, Wisrville.

Statement Verifying the Accuracy the of the Information Contained on this Website and in our Online Catalogue here.
This will certify that the statements included in this catalog, while subject to change without notice, are true and accurate as of the time of their issuance. This catalog is valid for the period beginning, September 19, 2013 and ending December 31, 2013, unless there are substantive changes that require an update before then. This information incorporates and updates the information contained in WISR’s last online catalogue and the subsequent online updates to that catalogue. Any substantive changes at WISR after September 19, 2013 will be updated within 30 days on this website, and in the online catalogue contained on this website.
verified and attested to by:

Vera Labat, Chair
WISR Board of Trustees
John Bilorusky, President
Western Institute for Social Research
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August 18, 2014