Graduate Admissions

Graduate Admissions


You’ve begun building your career — and have the power to do even more amazing things. Make the next chapter of your story extraordinary with a master’s or doctorate degree, certificate or certification from PennWest California. Select from 95+ graduate programs designed to help you balance school, work, life and family.

Unlock your passion, dreams and abilities through a graduate degree from PennWest California.

Accepted Student Checklist

International Student Admissions

Have Questions?
If you have questions about a program at PennWest California or need help with the admissions process, contact one of our counselors.


The Global Online program at PennWest California
lets you earn a degree, certificate or certification from anywhere in the world. As a Global Online student, you learn from the same expert professors - and earn the same diploma or other credentials - as you would if you studied on campus.

Here to help

Entering into the world of graduate studies is a big step. We're here to support you during this exciting time in your life. Our graduate admissions counselors and coordinators are eager to help you get to know PennWest California and walk you step by step through the application process.

Dixon Hall, 3rd Floor, Enrollment Management Suite
Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Call us with general questions at 724-938-4187.
Call us with questions specific to your admissions application at 724-938-5259 or 724-938-5261.
Email us at
Send us an online information request.

Admissions Counselors

Yugo Ikach
Dean School of Graduate Studies and Research

Ben Brudnock
Director of Graduate Admissions

Kristy DeBord
Assistant Director

Peggy McGarry
Assistant Director

Devon Markish
Assistant Director

Nikki Popielarcheck
Assistant Director

Lynne Berdar
Management Technician

Randi J. Quattro
Clerk Typist II

Program Coordinators

Questions About an Academic Program? If you have specific academic questions related to a particular graduate program, we encourage you to email the program coordinator. You can search for your program in the list below.
Program Award Coordinator Delivery Mode
Accounting (MAcc) Master's Dr. Joshua Chicarelli 100% Online (Global Online)
Addictive Disorders Certificate Dr. Jacqueline Walsh 100% Online (Global Online)
Administrative Program for Principals Master's, Certification Dr. Silvia Braidic 100% Online (Global Online)
Advanced Studies in Secondary Education Master's Dr. Connie Monroe 100% Online (Global Online)
Applied Math Professional Science Master's Dr. Bismark Oduro 100% Online (Global Online)
Arabic Language & Linguistics Master's Dr. Razak Surrey 100% Online (Global Online)
Autism Spectrum Disorders Certificate, Certification Dr. Jason Kight Online
Business Administration Master's Dr. Stephanie Adam Traditional, face-to-face with some online
Clinical Mental Health Counseling Master's Dr. Jacob Wheatley Traditional, face-to-face with some online
Communication Disorders Master's Dr. Nancy Carlino Traditional, face-to-face with some online
Conflict Resolution Studies Master's Dr. Elizabeth Larsen 100% Online (Global Online)
Counseling Licensure Dr. Elizabeth Gruber Traditional, face-to-face with some online
Criminal Justice Doctorate Dr. John Cencich 100% Online (Global Online)
Criminal Justice Studies (formerly Applied Criminology)  Master's Dr. Christopher Wydra 100% Online (Global Online)
Cybersecurity Professional Science Master's Dr. Weifeng Chen 100% Online (Global Online)
Early Childhood Education Master's, Certification Michael Ulderich 100% Online (Global Online)
Education Administration & Leadership Doctorate Doctorate Dr. Silvia Braidic 100% Online (Global Online)
Elementary Education Pre-K-4 Master's, Certification Michael Ulderich Traditional, face-to-face with some online
English as a Second Language Master's, Certification Dr. Susan Morris-Rutledge 100% Online (Global Online)
Exercise Science and Health Promotion Master's, Certificate Dr. Barry McGlumphy 100% Online (Global Online)
Health Science and Exercise Leadership Doctor of Health Science Dr. Marc Federico Online with on-campus dissertation meeting
Integrative STEM Education  Master's Dr. Diane Fine 100% Online (Global Online)
Legal Studies Master's Dr. Christina Toras 100% Online (Global Online)
MAT (Masters of Arts Teaching) - Art, Biology, Chemistry, Communications, Earth Science, English, Mathematics, Physics, Social Studies, Spanish Master's, Certification Dr. Marcia Hoover Online except for student teaching / field experience
Nursing Administration and Leadership Master's Dr. Nicole Evanick 100% Online (Global Online)
Reading Specialist Master's, Certification Dr. Diane Fine Traditional, face-to-face with some online
School Counseling Master's, Certification Grafton Eliason Traditional, face-to-face with some online
School Psychology Master's, Certification Dr. Angela Bloomquist Traditional, face-to-face with some online
Social Work Master's Dr. T. Thao Pham Traditional, face-to-face with some online
Special Education Master's, Certification Dr. Jason Kight Traditional, face-to-face with some online
Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Counseling Certificate Dr. Jacqueline Walsh 100% Online (Global Online)
Sports Counseling and Student Athlete Mental Wellness Certificate Dr. Jacqueline Walsh 100% Online (Global Online)
Sport Management Master's, Certificate Dr. Robert Taylor 100% Online (Global Online)
Student Affairs Practice Certificate Dr. Jacqueline Walsh Traditional, face-to-face with some online
Superintendent Letter of Eligibility Certification Dr. Silvia Braidic 100% Online (Global Online)
Technology Education Master's Dr. Rene Kruse 100% Online (Global Online)

Graduate Information 

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The unique programs at Cal U provided me with an opportunity to take my criminal justice knowledge to the next level.
Jonathan E. Wharton '18