If have already taken classes through PEP, will I be required to re-apply? 

No. After you have been accepted into the program, you may continue to take classes so long as you have maintained good standing. 

For the Spring 2022 semester, please use the form below to contact Natasha Narayanan by January 1, 2021 if you would like to continue taking classes. 

Continuing Semester Form

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Can I take more than one course?

Some students may be eligible to take a second course. If you would like to do so, please contact Natasha Narayanan.

Am I allowed to register for any course?

There are a few limitations for course registration: 

  • Course must be fully online.
  • Course must be undergraduate, at the 400-level or below.
  • PEP Staff are not currently eligible to enroll in U11 EComp 101M or U11 EComp 203M. Please contact Natasha Narayanan if you are interested in either course. 

What is ACTRAC? Can I add ACTRAC to my course? 

ACTRAC is an option for students to add an extra credit to certain courses that meaning a 3-credit course would be 4 credits instead. This credit would be earned through additional work or a project. Currently, students in the MDOC Staff Program are not allowed to register for ACTRAC credit and you may not add this option to your course.

Starting Classes

How do I request books for my course? 

You can request books that you need through this form

How do I return my books?

If you received a rental book, please return your book to Superintendent Paul Gutting’s office at the end of the semester.

Please keep in mind that students who have not returned previous course books provided by PEP in a timely manner may have a hold on their account which will prevent them from registration for the following semester.

Degree Programs

Can I get a degree through this program?

Yes. You can receive an Associate in Arts degree in as little as three years and you can pursue a Bachelor in Integrated Science degree as well. 

Whom can I consult regarding my degree process?

Rebecca O’Laughlin is the designated academic advisor for all MDOC Staff Students. Her contact information can be found here

Am I automatically enrolled in a degree program immediately upon my acceptance to the Washington University Prison Education Project?

You will complete an additional application for admission to a specific major and degree program once you have taken 2 courses and earned at least a 2.7 GPA.

What credits can I transfer from a previous university? How do I transfer credits? 

  • Courses with grades of C- or higher are eligible for transfer credit.
  • Courses numbered 100 or higher may be eligible for transfer credit.
  • Maximum of 66 units from a junior or community college may be transferred.
  • Maximum of 84 units overall may be transferred to the bachelor’s degree.

For more information on transferring credits, click here.

What happens if many of my previous college credits will not transfer because Washington University does not offer a similar program to the one in which I was previously enrolled?

You should evaluate, with an academic advisor and taking into account your future goals, whether it makes most sense to change track and work towards a degree at Washington University or complete your degree at another school that will accept more of your transfer credits. In the latter case, it will likely still be beneficial to take Washington University courses so long as the other college will accept them as transfer credits.