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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, 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.

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Our students don’t simply use their WISR degrees to find a job or a volunteer position, they successfully use their learning in combination with their degrees—to realize outstanding accomplishments, not only for themselves but for communities in-need and for their professions. 
  • Throughout our history, every one of our alumni who have pursued the MFT license have been successfully licensed. Furthermore, our alumni are extremely diverse, culturally and ethnically. Read more . .
  • Many of our alumni 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, and they 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 so much for personal or career advancement, but to better contribute to communities, or professions, in need.  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, half of those enrolled in the past two years responded, and all said that they would recommended WISR to a friend and two-thirds said that they were very satisfied and that there WISR experience had 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 to communities of color and disenfranchised populations. Read more . . .
  • No student complaints or violations of State regulations in our 40 year history (WISR was first State-approved in 1977).
WISR can help you build bridges to what you want to do next in your life!

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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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New!  March 1, 2016–Tuition Deferment Option ($225/month) and Limited Number of Work-Study Positions now available

DEFERRED TUITION OPTION! Although WISR has no access to Federal grants or loans, students will have the option of having a tuition deferment oF $225/month—with 0% interest while enrolled, and 5% interest when not enrolled, whether by graduation or taking a leave of absence, or dropping out.  The deferred tuition is to be paid back once a student is no longer enrolled at a minimum payment rate of $225/month.  so students will have to generate the funds to then pay for their tuition owed post-enrollment. Student out of pocket tuition cost for those choosing this option is only $400/month ($4,800/year).  [For students in the BS cohort group only $200/month, or $2,400/year.]

LIMITED NUMBER OF WORK-STUDY POSITIONS: In addition, there will be a limited number of institutional work-study positions available.  WISR has some needed work that can be performed by a few qualified students at a rate of 6 hours work for $100. Likely types of work include, community outreach to prospective students and organizations where prospective students might work or otherwise be involved, cataloging books for WISR’s library, or clerical and administrative assistance. Interested students will be interviewed, and selections will be made based on student skills, motivations and the student’s available time to do the needed work.  Being able to articulate one’s financial need would be a “plus” but not required.  No student will be able to earn more than $500/year. Students may be responsible to pay State and Federal taxes on these earnings.