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Admissions

Statement of Non-Discrimination and Affirmation of Diversity

WISR admits students of any race, color, and national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the Institute. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, or sex or disability in the administration of its educational policies, scholarship and loan programs, or any program that it administers. In addition, WISR seeks actively to build a multiracial, multicultural learning and teaching community, in which the central values are built on the worth and distinctiveness of each person’s background, going beyond our differences to celebrate qualities and needs that we all share as humans. WISR actively encourages interested members of ethnic and racial minority groups, women, and other underserved persons to discover whether its programs and methods fit their special, personal and community interests and goals.

Admission

For undergraduate admission, a high school diploma or GED certificate is required. For admission to a Master of Arts program, a Bachelor’s degree is required, and for admission to study for the Ed.D., each student must have a Master’s degree.

All admissions to study at WISR are made on the basis of intensive conversations with applicants about their goals, interests, and backgrounds, and applicants are told about the kinds of learning and action that are involved in studying with us. Initial discussions may be informal. WISR is interested in working with students who find a common bond with the Institute’s stated philosophy and goals. WISR also seeks students who want a flexible program, tailored to their individual needs, but who also want discipline and rigor in their studies. These and other issues are discussed frankly and openly with each serious applicant, and students’ intelligent self-selection to study at WISR is very deliberately emphasized. Many tentatively interested inquirers are discouraged from formally applying if their specific interests, personal maturity, or resources of time and money do not promise success in study here.

In particular, each applicant must discuss her or his background and objectives with a core faculty member, usually WISR’s President. Interested persons are routinely encouraged to visit WISR seminars and to talk with other faculty, students, and Board members of WISR, to gain several perspectives on study at WISR and a sense of the learning community that they may be joining. In practice, an informed self-selection process typically takes place.

Calendar and Enrollment

WISR’s fiscal year begins on July 1. Programs continue year-round, although seminar activity is usually less in the summer. Students may apply, be admitted, and begin study in any month of the year, and may complete their programs in any month.

Transfer of Academic Credit to WISR Received from Other Institutions

Subject to the specific qualifications and limitations listed below, students may transfer credit to WISR from other California State Approved programs and from regionally accredited institutions. If the student has received credit from an institution that has neither of these statuses, then WISR faculty will evaluate the student’s work and/or other evidence regarding the quality of the student’s work at the previous institution to determine if it is comparable in quality to the work typically done in California Approved and regionally accredited institutions. [Note under current California law, “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)]

No more than 90 semester units may be transferred from other institutions toward WISR’s 124 semester units required for the BA. No more than six semester units of graduate study may be transferred toward WISR’s 32 semester units required for all MA degrees offered by WISR. No more than 21 units of doctoral level credit may be transferred toward Doctoral studies at WISR.

Undergraduate: All undergraduate units earned by a student from any regionally accredited or California State-approved college or university are routinely accepted for credit by WISR. Undergraduate units from foreign institutions or from unaccredited institutions and those not approved by the State of California are accepted by WISR if they can be translated into U.S. equivalents or in quality of work expected of students at WISR. Nationally recognized standardized tests suh as the CLEP tests WISR will also be consider for credit.

Graduate: For WISR’s MFT program, students who have completed academic work which clearly meets State guidelines and WISR’s descriptions of the core courses required for WISR’s MFT MA in Psychology option may then receive up to six semester units of transfer credit. Courses transferred for students entering the MFT program are evaluated by WISR’s President, sometimes in consultation with licensed MFT’s on WISR’s faculty, to make certain that the course titles/descriptions closely parallel State guidelines, as well as WISR’s descriptions for core MFT courses.

In other graduate programs at WISR, each student’s prior graduate study is taken into careful account, in planning out her or his program of study, in order to build on the student’s strengths and avoid duplication of efforts. Some graduate course work is accepted for transfer in such cases. At the request of the prospective student, the President, often in consultation with a Board-appointed subcommittee of two or three Board and/or faculty members, who hold graduate degrees, evaluates the student request for transfer of credit. Credit is accepted for transfer only if it is determined, after examining the student’s transcript(s) and/or samples of the student’s academic work, that the work to be accepted for transfer credit is comparable in substance and quality to work expected at WISR. For MA students a maximum of six semester units is transferable, and at the doctoral level, a maximum of 21 semester units is transferable.

Foreign Students

Foreign Students—No ESL Instruction, no I-20 status, but assistance in obtaining permission to visit:
WISR does admit students from other countries. However, WISR does not provide English as a Second Language, or English as a Foreign Language, instruction. All instruction is conducted in English. Some students who are not native English speakers, but who are fluent in English, have enrolled and successfully completed programs at WISR. WISR’s admissions process helps all prospective students to assess their skills, learning needs and interests, and aids the prospective student in determining whether or not WISR can meet his or her educational needs. Enrollment at WISR does not provide foreign students with I-20 status (i.e., WISR students do not qualify for foreign student visas.). However, WISR has and will vouch for a student’s enrollment status and verify that WISR requires all students studying from a distance to visit WISR for a few days every year or so. By so vouching and verifying, WISR is usually able to assist foreign students in obtaining permission to visit the United States for a brief period, for this purpose.

For More on Admissions

Each prospective student should read and explore our website carefully, and in particular, should read the following sections as first steps in learning about how to enroll at WISR:

And, of course, each student should carefully read the extensive details in the various subsections under “Academics.”