The world’s most student-centric university.
WGU Tennessee was established in 2013 as a partnership between Western Governors University and the state of Tennessee with a unique mission to help Tennesseans obtain a quality education. When WGU was established in 1997, the founding governors realized that technology, the internet, and a new model of competency-based education could transform higher education by creating new opportunities for working adults.
The mission of WGU Tennessee is to expand access to affordable higher education for Tennessee residents through online, competency-based programs that address key workforce needs.
WGU Tennessee is a partnership between the state of Tennessee and nationally recognized Western Governors University. We offer more than 60 bachelor’s and master’s degrees in the high-demand fields of business, IT, teacher education, and healthcare, and now serves more than 4,100 students in Tennessee and has awarded more than 4,900 degrees to Tennesseans.
We help our students achieve their dreams for a degree and career success by providing a personal, flexible, and affordable education based on real-world competencies.
WGU exists to change lives. By bridging the gap between talent and opportunity, we make it possible for today’s worker to also be today’s learner—and tomorrow’s success story. Stories like these:
"The information and knowledge gained through my MBA program have helped me be a more effective leader in both of my companies and it has helped me to grow them both tremendously in just a short time."—Corey Alexander, MBA, Henderson TN
When it comes to choosing a university, accreditation is crucial. Our regional accreditation (the gold standard in higher education) assures you of the quality and transferability of our degree programs. Additional program-specific accreditations add to our respect in the industries where our alumni work.
We were designed to break the mold of traditional higher education with something new, something innovative: something that harnesses technology to teach in new ways, focuses on measuring learning rather than time, and provides more Americans the opportunity to build their careers and better their lives by finally finishing that bachelor's or master's degree they need to achieve their goals.
"WGU is about fundamental change in the way higher education is delivered. It's right, it's real, and it's efficient. It's what higher education will require to succeed in the future." Michael O. Leavitt,
Former U.S. Secretary of Health & Human Services
Former Governor of Utah
One important measure of a degree’s value is the reputation of the university where it was earned. When employers, industry leaders, and academic experts hold your alma mater in high esteem, your degree benefits from the added clout of their endorsement. Western Governors University is a pioneer in higher education for the 21st century, and the organizations below—along with many others—have taken notice. Click or tap the logos to reveal more.
1st exclusively online university with teacher licensure programs accredited by National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.
Recognized nine times by the United States Distance Learning Association for our contribution to distance learning.
Nursing programs accredited by Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036).
Teacher-prep programs ranked in top 1% for quality and #1 best value by National Council on Teacher Quality.
Health informatics program accredited by Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education.
The teacher licensure programs offered through the WGU Teachers College have been awarded full accreditation by the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP) through June 30, 2026.
"Students go at own pace at school without boundaries."
Member of National Cyberwatch Center, a collaboration to build strong cybersecurity programs.
Pioneer of competency-based education, designed to "better prepare students for the working world," national magazine says.
Highlighted on news program’s segment "What Works," celebrating WGU’s affordability, flexibility, and employment outcomes.
"Let's not waste anyone's time or money...It's essentially the motto of WGU."
Teaching degree program recommended as one of "10 great things to do with $10,000 now" by national magazine.
"An affordable degree? You’re not dreaming."
"Based on student and employer feedback, Western Governors graduates are doing well, getting jobs and promotions based on their degrees."
One of 50 most innovative companies, according to national business and media magazine.
Highlighted as example of "what works" in higher education by presidential report on post-secondary training.
Students find WGU "an ideal solution" and "a bargain," national magazine says.
Recognized 9 years running as a top school for military service members, veterans, and their families.
Our faculty members have one focus: the individual student. Your needs, your questions, your goals. Instead of spending their time lecturing, they spend their time helping you learn the material and reach full competency.
Our faculty members are seasoned professionals in the fields in which they instruct. They know their industries, and their knowledge is more than just academic: It’s practical.
Unlike most universities, where faculty members wear many hats, WGU’s faculty is structured in a way that allows them to really focus on student success. Program Mentors instruct students throughout their programs. Course Instructors are subject-matter experts on specific topics. Curriculum development, assessment evaluation, and other faculty roles are handled by other specialized faculty members.
"Competency-based bachelor’s degree programs offer an alternative for nontraditional students who may not have the time or resources to complete a four-year program yet still desire a rigorous, meaningful education."
The Chronicle of Higher Education examines WGU's track record of extraordinarily high marks for providing students with personalized faculty support and the way WGU "connects students and mentors with surprising success."
All of our degree programs are carefully chosen with employment and success in mind. Our special model of online learning is designed for the working adult, and our commitment to keep costs down means better ROI for our graduates.