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Office of Academic Affairs

Dr. Brandon Owens, Sr.
Provost & Vice President of Academic Affairs

Dr. Michael Self
Associate Provost for Academic Excellence

Makayla Smith
Administrative Assistant for Academic Affairs

Dr. John Tooson
Director of Graduate Studies


The Academic Program at Wilberforce University is designed to enable students to become wholly educated individuals distinguishable in attitude, thought and behavior.

The wholly educated individual:

  • Exhibits disciplined habits of mind that include intellectual curiosity and rigor, critical thinking and problem solving, civility and kindness, and a full appreciation and advocacy for social justice
  • Embodies racial pride and solidarity, and understands and values the rich culture and history of African-Americans and their contribution to the United States and the Americas
  • Appreciates the importance of entrepreneurship and is trained to pursue entrepreneurship as a personal vocation, if desired

Online Enrollment Policy for Students

Effective August 1, 2024:  First-year students are prohibited from enrolling in online courses during the fall and spring semesters.  Traditional students who have successfully completed 30 credit hours are allowed to enroll in a maximum of four credit hours of online courses during the fall semester, and four online credit hours during the spring semesters.  Traditional students who have completed 60 credit hours are allowed to enroll in up to 15 online credits in both the fall and spring semesters (unless approval is granted from the Provost for an overage).

The Academic Program at Wilberforce University is grounded in the time-honored tradition of the liberal arts but has an intentional focus on entrepreneurship that addresses the aptitudes, interests, and aspirations of the millennial student.
This overarching goal is realized through five core statements:

  1. Introduce students to the canon and intellectual traditions of the liberal arts as a foundational body of knowledge and experience.
  2. Introduce students to the canon of African-American and non-Western intellectual, cultural, and artistic traditions as a foundational body of knowledge and experience.
  3. Introduce students to the methods of intellectual inquiry and disciplined habits of mind that include critical thinking, problem solving, technological literacy, and communication.
  4. Introduce students to the values, assumptions, and behavior expected of the educated individual in a civilized society.
  5. Introduce students to the values, skills and behaviors needed to pursue personal aspirations for business ownership and entrepreneurship.

Graduates of Wilberforce University are fully prepared to pursue graduate and professional study, careers in corporate environments, and entrepreneurship and business ownership.

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Academic Affairs At-A-Glance

The academic organization of Wilberforce University consists of:
College of General and Foundational Studies

  • Center for Academic Support and Student Success
  • First Year Experience Program (in collaboration with the Division of Student Engagement and Student Success)

College of Arts and Sciences
College of Professional Studies
College of Graduate, Adult and Continuing Education

  • Reaching Infinite Success through Education (RISE)
  • Graduate Program in Rehabilitation Counseling

The Rembert E. Stokes Learning Resources Center and Informational Commons (Library)
The Office of Cooperative Education

Programs of Study

Wilberforce University offers the Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree and Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in undergraduate programs of study (known as majors); 1 minor in Entrepreneurship, and a Master of Science (MS) degree in 1 graduate program of study. The following are the degree-granting programs of study:

Business, Management, and Technology
Computer Engineering
Computer Information Systems*
Computer Science
Criminal Justice Administration
Digital Humanities
Digital Media**
Electrical Engineering
Entrepreneurship (Minor)
Health and Humans Services
Information Systems Management*
Mass Media Communications*
Organizational Management*
Political Science
Rehabilitation Services
Social Work (non-licensure program)

*We no longer offer a stand-alone degree. We do offer concentrations under Business, Management, and Technology (BS) and Digital Humanities (BA)
**Degree consolidation (Music, Humanities, Literature, Communications/Media Studies)

Graduate Program

Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling

Faculty Resources

2023-24 Wilberforce University Faculty Handbook

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