Online Master's Degrees at WGU

Online Master's Degrees

Earn an affordable, accredited Online Master's Degree

"The coursework [in my online master's program] was challenging, the content extremely helpful, and the
applications in my life valuable.”

—Sapan Desai, MBA—Healthcare Management Graduate


Earn a Master's Degree from WGU

Earn your master's degree in education, business, information technology, or healthcare today with Western Governors University, a trusted, nonprofit university ideal for adult learners. In addition to offering the flexibility of fully online master's degree programs, Western Governors University offers a comprehensive, affordable, and high-quality education. Our graduate programs allow you to broaden your career path, learn new essential skills, and take control of your academic success. If you're looking to earn your master's online, you're probably looking for some key features: a quality education, a flexible and supportive online environment, an affordable cost, and the opportunity to accelerate your studies based on real-world knowledge you already have. Western Governors University is the institution you're looking for, offering all of this and more.

Nonprofit, Accredited, and Affordable

How often can someone looking to go back to college find those three qualities in one institution? WGU is a nonprofit, which means that we're generally half of the cost of comparable institutions. And you don't have to sacrifice quality: Our institution is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities – the same accreditation as many state universities and private colleges. Regional accreditation is the highest form of accreditation given to higher education institutions, online or offline. Our programs are also accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), and the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). In addition, our institution continues to be favored and recognized by the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA).

A Flexible Choice for Adult Learners

Western Governors University was created by 19 U.S. governors in 1995 with the needs of hardworking, busy adult learners in mind. This bipartisan group of governors wanted to expand the reach of quality, nonprofit education using distance learning technologies and a competency-based approach. Choosing to award degrees based on competencies rather than credit hours means that when earning your master's degree, you can choose when and where to study, as the majority of your projects and assessments can be completed online. You can complete your master's degree online, anytime, anywhere; you just need a connection to the Internet. Also, your current career knowledge may allow you to accelerate your degree as you test out of specific subjects.

Online Master's Programs That Can Further Your Career

Our competency-based curriculum makes WGU graduates favorable to many employers. This approach to online learning also means that you can move through material you already know quickly and focus on learning the new skills. Completing a master's degree means more than simply dedicating the time; it means gaining important knowledge for your career. You'll know that you're going to be trained on content that's relevant, so that you can gain real-world knowledge, new skills, and the tools you need to be successful.

The University of You

Earning your graduate degree online requires hard work and dedication, but you'll have a great support system, including a mentor who serves as your adviser, learning partner, and coach. Join our community today to be connected with faculty, staff, mentors, and other students who can help you along the way. You'll have many different resources available to you to complete your assessments, and you won't be alone!

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Questions & Answers

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Can I complete my program entirely online?

With few exceptions, the majority of your projects and assessments can be completed online—when and where it’s most convenient for you—making it ideal for a busy working adult's schedule. However, if you enroll in one of our nursing master's degree programs, you will be required to complete applied learning projects in various community and healthcare settings. Also, our teaching master's degree programs that lead to initial teacher licensure have an in-class student teaching component. Speak to an Enrollment Counselor to learn more.

Is financial aid available?

Yes, WGU offers federal financial aid. Loans are available to most students, regardless of financial need. Grants that don’t require repayment may also available for those with financial need. You can check into your financial aid eligibility at any time during the admissions process. Speak to an Enrollment Counselor to learn more or visit the Financial Aid section of the website.

How will I complete my degree?

As a WGU student, you take and complete assessments. You’ll prepare for your assessments by engaging various learning resources including textbooks, web tutorials, and online courses. You will determine what learning resources are best for you in consultation with your mentor using your personalized Degree Plan. You can learn more by exploring the WGU Experience. Speak to an Enrollment Counselor who can explain this program in greater depth.