Dean's Welcome

Welcome to the Graduate School

With a strong commitment to academic excellence, the Graduate School provides a diverse array of advanced degree programs designed to meet the evolving needs of today's learners.

Dr. Rodrigo Renteria-Valencia, Associate Dean

Welcome to the School of Graduate Studies and Research (SGSR) at Central Washington University. CWU’s history spans more than 120 years, and our graduate programs play an integral role in making Central the university we are today: a model learning community of equity and belonging, committed to academic excellence and societal service.

rodrigo-renteria-valencia-image.jpgIn today's knowledge-driven world, CWU graduate students become life-long learners, teachers, and leaders, capable of engaging the complex issues of our globalized era by contributing to the economic, social, and cultural well-being of their different communities. In the process, CWU graduate students develop strong professional trajectories fueled by the quality of our programs, our high impact practices,the diversity of our ideas, and the social embeddedness of our work.

At SGSR we are committed to creating a student-centered culture of inclusion and innovation.
We are dedicated to enriching and advancing your academic journey, helping drive progress and success at each stage of your student career—from helping you engage, navigate, and create a sense of belonging, to supporting your research, creative activities, and professional development, all the way to graduation and networking as alumni. Whether you are a student online or on-campus,
we are confident you will thrive at CWU.

Please refer to our List of Graduate Programs for full details on our different academic offerings. If you have any questions at all, please reach out through email to or
call us at 509-963-3101.

We look forward to connecting with you. 

Best regards,

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Rodrigo F. Rentería-Valencia, Ph.D.
Interim Associate Dean for the School of Graduate Studies and Research

Mariah Sebastiani, GSA President

Welcome to the Graduate Student Association (GSA)! We are the official graduate student organization at Central Washington University. Our community-centered approach promotes social connectedness amongst graduate students across all disciplines and modalities.

As a student organization, GSA aspires to offer a platform for transdisciplinary collaboration, a space to create meaningful communities and a voice to represent graduate students at Central. After all, we graduate students feel as an integral component of this institution, where we have the privilege of instructing and interacting with many undergrads as we master new skills and ways of thinking. In the process, we hope, we get to inspire the undergraduates of today to become the graduate students of tomorrow. The student-centered mentorship, research and teaching opportunities we received in graduate studies make it more than just feasible to study at Central, it makes it a journey of passion into what we find more relevant in life.

We look forward to you joining our community. Kind regards,

Mariah Sebastiani, GSA President
M.A. Candidate in English: Literary Studies and Teaching

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