Washington Adventist University, located on a suburban campus in Takoma Park, Maryland, is a private, Seventh-day Adventist liberal arts university that was established in 1904 as a co-educational institution that was known as the Washington Training Institute. The purpose of the Washington Training Institute was to train young men and women in liberal arts. The name of the school changed to Washington Foreign Mission Seminary in 1907 and changed its objective to offer special training for missionaries. The school became Washington Missionary College in 1914, when it resumed the status of a liberal arts college. WAU received its current name in 2009. Most WAU students are members of the Seventh Day Adventist Church, although students of all faiths can enroll, and weekly church services are held at the campus church.
WAU offers several certificate programs and associate's, bachelor's and master's degrees through the following schools:
- School of Arts & Sciences
- School of Graduate & Professional Studies
- School of Health Professions, Science & Wellness
WAU has an External Degree Program that is designed for students that find it difficult to finish getting a college degree during traditional weekday hours or at times when classes are normally scheduled. Courses are offered in online and print options. Online courses follow a schedule that is similar to the on-campus class schedule, but are flexible and allow students to learn at their own pace within course deadlines.