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School of Applied Studies

If you envision a life spent helping others and making an impact on the world, Washburn University’s School of Applied Studies can help you get started. Established in 1983, the school offers quality professional programs in areas responsive to community and state needs – needs that hard-working, dedicated professionals like you can help meet.

The School of Applied Studies is accredited by 10 external agencies and places more than 500 students in internship, clinical and practicum experiences throughout the state of Kansas each academic year. Our dedicated, supportive faculty will help you learn to solve problems, become sensitive to cultural diversity, develop professional values and ethics, and gain the skills you need to find success in your chosen profession.

Fulfill your vision for the future and prepare to make a difference in one of the following programs:

Allied Health

Encompassing a diverse group of health care programs, Allied Health is a broad field of study designed to prepare you for a wide range of careers. As a graduate of one of Washburn University’s Allied Health programs, you may choose to seek employment in professions like physical therapy, occupational therapy, radiologic services, speech-language pathology, and audiology and respiratory therapy. We offer a wide range of certificate and degree programs, so no matter what type of health care work interests you, we can help get you on a path to the career you want.

Criminal Justice and Legal Studies

In the Criminal Justice and Legal Studies Department at Washburn University, you’ll study a wide range of topics, such as institutional and community-based corrections, civil procedure and legal terminology, loss prevention and risk management, military operations, political and national security issues and more. Choose from a variety of undergraduate and graduate degree programs in fields like Criminal Justice, Military Studies and Legal Studies as you pursue your chosen career and prepare to serve your community.

Human Services

With a Human Services major from Washburn University, you can prepare for a variety of careers in the helping professions. Including addiction counseling, youth services, victim/survivor services, gerontology/aging, mental health and homelessness/poverty. At Washburn, you can complete your degree online or on campus and complete fieldwork in your own community, allowing your education to fit within your schedule. Plus, we offer small class sizes, which means more one-on-one attention for you, ensuring you receive the support you need to complete your education.

Social Work

If you want to serve individuals, families, groups and organizations within your community, Washburn University can help you achieve your goals. Our Social Work program can prepare you to practice in a large number of settings, including clinics, hospitals, mental health agencies, schools, prisons, youth centers, nursing homes and more. Our small class sizes mean you’ll receive plenty of one-on-one attention, and we’ll assign you a faculty advisor who will meet with you regularly to discuss course selection, practicum placements and career planning. Our degree programs are nationally accredited, and our graduates have gone on to work for a wide range of jobs in local, regional and national social service agencies.

Why Washburn?

Affordable Education

More than $70 million in financial aid is available to students annually, plus $7.9 million in university scholarships and flexible in-state tuition rates.

Vibrant Campus Life

Choose from more than 100 on-campus clubs and organizations, plus a vast array of cultural and recreational opportunities both on campus and in the Topeka community.

A Vision for the Future

Our master plan includes improved facilities, a new School of Law, library renovations and a wide range of other initiatives designed to improve your Washburn experience.