Applying to the Graduate Programs at Whittier College


Admission to either the credential or the Master of Arts program is selective; meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to either program. 

Applications for admission are accepted on a rolling basis with the following deadlines:

  • For classes starting fall term, applications are due August 1
  • For classes starting spring term, applications are due January 1 
  • For classes starting in summer term, applications are due May 1 

Review the application requirements for Credential (with option to pursue MA)

Review the application requirements for Master of Arts in Teaching (for credentialed teachers)

Apply Online

Applicants must submit required materials through the online application portal or via mail to:

Attention: Graduate Admissions
Whittier College
13406 Philadelphia St.
P.O. Box 634
Whittier, CA 90608

International Students

International graduate students who wish to apply for the credential program and/or the Master of Arts Degree program should follow the steps below.

  • Submit a completed application for graduate admission.
  • Submit transcripts verifying the completion of a baccalaureate degree. All students whose baccalaureate work was completed outside the United States or Canada at an institution where a language other than English was the dominant language of instruction must submit transcripts that have been translated and analyzed by the International Education Research Foundation, Inc. or another authorized agency before they can be accepted to the teacher credential or master’s degree program. Students already in the U.S. may be permitted to enroll in a maximum of two courses while they await transcript analysis.
  • All students whose baccalaureate work was completed at an institution where a language other than English was the dominant language of instruction must submit acceptable TOEFL scores.

Clery Act

We value the safety of all members of the Whittier community. The Whittier College Annual Security and Fire Safety Report can be viewed online here. This report provides crime statistics for the prior three years, policy statements regarding various safety and security measures, campus crime prevention program descriptions, and procedures to be followed in the investigation and adjudication of reportable crimes. A paper copy of the document is available at the Department of Campus Safety or by calling 562.907.4211