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Admissions Interview

As part of the application process, each applicant must discuss her or his background and objectives with a core faculty member, usually WISR’s President or Chief Academic Officer. This meeting is both an “admissions interview” and an exploration, together, of how well WISR’s distinctive approach to learning and our specific State-licensed degree offerings, will meet the prospective student’s needs and enable him or her to have a strong likelihood of using a WISR program in the meaningful and successful pursuit of his or her short- and long-term goals. Prospective students are urged to have a face-to-face meeting at WISR; however, if it is more convenient, or if the student is living at a distance, two or more indepth phone or video conversations often suffice. An hour long conversation is scheduled so that the prospective student will not feel rushed, and indeed, students are welcome, and even encouraged, to have more than one conversation with WISR’s President or Chief Academic Officer. After extensive discussions, most prospective enrollees are able to judge the kinds of student autonomy and commitment that study at WISR requires.  Most applicants who do not have the necessary qualifications screen themselves out voluntarily.

The purpose of the conversations and interviews is to help each person to make a very informed decision about whether or not to apply for admissions, and also to enable the Chief Academic Officer and/or the President, sometimes in consultation with other faculty, make the decision to admit the prospective student, based on whether or not they are likely to benefit from studying at WISR. The “WISR Admissions Interview and Criteria Form,” below, shows how much we place a priority on admitting those prospective students who understand WISR’s learning methods and mission, whether or not a WISR degree is likely to aid them in achieving their future goal and who are likely to succeed in learning and pursuing an academic degree at WISR.


In order to think about some key issues that any prospective student should contemplate, please read the section on: Learning About WISR.

WISR Admissions Interview and Criteria Form

(to be filled out by WISR CEO and/or Chief Academic Officer)

The student expressed why they chose to contact us:


The student was strongly encouraged to:

___Attend one or more seminars
___Speak with current students or alumni
___Speak with faculty members
For MFT Students only . . .
___Check with the BBS and/or CAMFT about any remaining questions about licensure
___Join the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists

___Other: ____________________________

___ALL OF THE ABOVE (if applicable)


The student satisfied each of the following aspects of their interview process:

___The student demonstrates an understanding that WISR is not currently accredited, and the possible implications of that for them in the short- and long-run. (continued on next page . . .)

The student demonstrates an understanding of:

___How the particular degree program is suited to their personal learning interests and career goals.
___The strengths and the possible limitations of learning at WISR, as well as the WISR degree.
___And alignment with, WISR’s mission/values and how they translate into the program learning outcomes that are going to be expected of students in those programs.
___WISR’s academic emphasis on writing, self-directed learning, self-motivation, interaction and collaboration with others, and action-research.
___What’s involved in studying at WISR (especially the above stated academic emphases), and whether this is a good fit with their learning style and the sorts of activities they enjoy.
as well as an understanding of . . .

___FOR EDD AND MS LEADERSHIP STUDENTS, especially:  The interdisciplinary nature of the program and also the opportunity and expectation to have about 30% of their work related to their personal interests and questions for inquiry, and possible future goals—that is, to relate their self-defined interests to the required content of their studies, includes the action-research projects and module assignments.
___FOR MFT STUDENTS: The licensure process, professional career expectations, and how all this might relate to their own interests and questions for inquiry, and future goals.

___ALL OF THE ABOVE (if applicable)


___ (check if the student has requested a disabilities accommodation, and answer below)

___The student’s request for a disabilities accommodation has been reviewed by WISR’s leadership.

___The student has been informed of what accommodations WISR can and cannot make (indicate in an attached memo or letter what, if any, accommodations WISR will be able to make).

___The student understands and accepts the accommodations that can and cannot be made.

In conclusion . . .

____(Yes or No) The student demonstrates an ability to benefit from pursuing a degree at WISR, based on the above demonstrated understandings, and based on the following (if applicable) additional information. (further comments if necessary . . .)


Received from Student:

MS/MFT Program and MS in Education and Community Leadership Program:
___Application Form

___Personal Statement
___Transcript from accredited Bachelor’s Program (or verified equivalent foreign transcript)
___Two reference letters

EdD Program:
___Application Form

___Personal Statement
___Transcript from accredited Master’s Program or at least 30 semester units of accredited graduate    study (or verified equivalent foreign transcript)
___Two reference letters


Students for Whom English is not their Native Language:

___An earned degree from an institution where English is the major language for studies

___An acceptable exam score (for details, go to:

https://www.wisr.edu/academics/sample-page/distance-learning/   )


Qualifying Criteria:

The student DID OR DID NOT satisfy the following program-specific and general admissions criteria:

Yes / No   Submitted all qualifying documentation (see above)
Yes / No   Satisfied all aspects of the interview process
Yes / No   Made a tangible effort to attend seminars or speak with students, alumni, and/or faculty

Yes / No    Demonstrated an ability to benefit from pursuing a degree at WISR.

Notes: ___________________________________________________________________________


If “YES” to all of the above, the student may be admitted, and indicate the date of Admissions and the Projected Date of Enrollment:   _____________Date of Admissions; __________ Projected Enrollment.

If “NO” to any of the above, please explain, and if applicable, select one of the following:

____No. WISR is not a good fit for the Student (state reasons in a separate letter to student and attach to this document).

____The Student May Not Yet Be Admitted, but the Following Steps May Be Taken Before Making a Final Decision at this Time (for example: further conversations with the student, specific issues of       concern for the student to consider and to discuss with a WISR official, obtaining further information from outside groups regarding their career options with a WISR degree, other ways for the student to obtain potentially relevant information to make an informed decision). (state reasons, and needed steps  in a separate letter to student and attach to this document).

____The Student May Be Admitted on a Provisional Basis (state reasons and what, if any, the plans could be for reviewing the student for admissions to a degree program after a period of provisional study—attach a page/memo to state reasons and plans).