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Welcome! An Introduction to WISR and Its Degree Programs

Welcome!  For An Introduction to WISR and its Degree Programs, read below . . .

WISR offers the following State-licensed Degree Programs:  BS in Community Leadership and Justice (completion program), MS in Education and Community Leadership, MS in Psychology (leading to the State’s MFT and LPCC licenses) and EdD in Higher Education and Social Change.

For 40 years, WISR has provided our students with a fulfilling educational journey. Our graduates have made outstanding contributions in their professions and to their communities. Our faculty, students and alumni are culturally and ethnically diverse and our emphasis on social justice provides a strong foundation for positive, careers in the real world.
  • Throughout our history, every WISR alum who has pursued the MFT license has been successfully licensed. Furthermore, our alumni are extremely diverse, culturally and ethnically. Read more . .
  • Many of our students build on their previous academic work at accredited institutions to get a more advanced degree at WISR and to further develop their knowledge and careers. All of our students benefit greatly from WISR’s personalized learning approach which enables them to pursue more intensely their passions and commitments, and to serve creatively in positions of community and professional leadership. Read more . . . 
  • Many of our students pursue degrees at WISR, not only for personal or career advancement, but to better contribute to communities, or professions, in need.  • Our graduates bring innovative ideas to nonprofit agencies, schools, colleges, and communities, and often to their writing and to their self-employed careers.  Read more . . .
  • Some of our students come from outside California, and with purposes similar to our instate students.  Read more . . .
  • In a recent survey of WISR students, respondents said they would recommend WISR to a friend, and two-thirds said that they were very satisfied with their WISR experience, which exceeded their expectations.  Read more


WISR has highly qualified faculty, is well-respected by mainstream academics, is sought out to provide expert assistance to community groups, and an impeccable record as a responsible, State approved school since 1977.
  • WISR’s faculty have impeccable qualifications, and have distinguished themselves in traditional academia, as well as in their community involvements and in their experience in and commitment to personalized mentoring and instruction. Read more at:  http://www.wisr.edu/faculty-and-staff/faculty-profiles/
  • WISR is respected by people who are recognized as accomplished academics in major, mainstream institutions of higher learning, Also, they appreciate and understand WISR’s value in adding a very distinctive, and much needed, option among the degree offerings available in the State of California. Access to testimonial letters and references are available upon request.
  • WISR has a strong institutional track record of using our academic expertise in action-research to contribute to the community—especially in collaborating with communities of color and disenfranchised populations. Read more . . .
  • No student complaints or violations of State regulations in our 40 year history WISR has been State-licensed since 1977, and maintains a very distinctive, and much needed, option among the degree offerings available in the State of California.
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To Learn More About WISR . . .


To set up a phone conference or a face to face meeting, contact WISR’s President John Bilorusky:  johnb@wisr.edu

To learn more, explore this website, and here are some especially valuable web pages for an introduction to WISR:


Tuition and Fees

How to Enroll

Frequently Asked Questions

Learning at WISR (How does it work?)

What’s Special about Education at WISR

Degree Programs

WISR Faculty

Online Catalogue


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DEFERRED TUITION OPTION FOR LIMITED NUMBER OF STUDENTS:  Although WISR has no access to Federal grants or loans, students with great financial need may inquire as to the potential availability of having a tuition deferment of $225/month, at 5% interest while enrolled.  Once they are no longer enrolled students must either pay the entire balance of deferred tuition, or alternatively make monthly payments of $225/month, and at that time 5% interest per annum is charged on the unpaid balance while the student is making monthly payments on the balance due. The tuition deferment option is limited to a certain number of students, and we cannot guarantee that this option will be possible at any particular time. In any case, students must apply for this option, if available, and discuss their financial need and the extent of their commitment and readiness to pursue a WISR degree program to its completion, without having to take a leave of absence.

VERY LIMITED NUMBER OF WORK-STUDY POSITIONS: In addition, there may be one or two institutional work-study positions sometimes available.  Occasionally, WISR has some needed work that can be performed by a few qualified students at a rate of 6 hours work for $100.  At this point, work-study earnings are limited to a maximum of $500/year.