Columbia Area Residents Invited to Learn More About WWU

William Woods University offers Columbia area residents the opportunity to pursue a degree while working full time.

To learn more, plan to attend an informational meeting at the WWU campus in Columbia, 3100 Falling Leaf Court. There will be one Jan. 9 at noon and another Jan. 14 at 6 p.m.

Prospective students may contact the university’s Graduate &Adult Studies program prior to then, or simply show up for a meeting. Call 1-800-995-3199 or contact WWU by e-mail at

Employing a model of accelerated learning developed especially for the convenience of the working adult, William Woods University’s educational programs are structured so that a degree can be completed in as few as 18-22 months.

William Woods offers degree programs that utilize a cohort model, emphasizing learning through student-directed study groups of three to five students. Classes meet once a week in the evening for four hours. Study groups can meet once more to prepare projects and assignments before the upcoming week.

Because of the nature of programming—focusing effort on one course at a time—90 percent of all students finish their program successfully. Each course normally runs five to 10 weeks in length.

“William Woods University is a leader when it comes to designing quality programs for nontraditional adult students. Everything we do is specifically designed to help adults succeed in reaching their goals as efficiently as possible,” said Sherry McCarthy, vice president and academic dean.

William Woods offers several Graduate & Adult Studies programs, including the ACCESS program of general education, an associate of arts degree in liberal studies, a B.S. in management (BSM), a BSM with human resources emphasis, a B.S. in paralegal studies and a new bachelor of social work degree.

Graduate programs include a master of business administration (MBA) and MBAs with accounting, agribusiness, health management or human resources emphasis; a master of education (M.Ed.) in administration, curriculum/instruction or athletics/activities administration, and a specialist of education (Ed.S.) in school administration or curriculum leadership.

William Woods can tailor any of its programs for a particular business or community. More information is available on the William Woods website at