Western Kentucky University - Master's Degree

Western Kentucky University’s hilltop campus, located in Kentucky in the US, is home to six colleges which offer undergraduate and graduate studies. These are: College of Health & Human Services, College of Education and Behavioral Sciences, Gordon Ford College of Business, Ogden College of Science & Engineering, Potter College of Arts & Letters and University College.

  • Average Tuition USD 35,881

School Description

Western Kentucky University’s history dates back to 1906, when the Kentucky General Assembly approved legislation to establish two teacher training institutions in the state. In 1911, the school moved to its present site on ‘the Hill’ – which was the former home of The Pleasant J. Potter College. Over the next decade, the curriculum focused on teacher training and certification. In 1922 the state renamed the institution Western Kentucky State Normal School and Teachers College and authorised it to grant four-year degrees.

WKU's campus expanded in 1927 when it merged with Ogden College, a private young men’s school located on the east side of the Hill. Around this time, WKU's name was shortened to Western Kentucky State Teachers College. In 1931 the University introduced its first masters of art degree. In 1963, Western merged with the Bowling Green College of Commerce. Along with the Graduate School, the Bowling Green College of Commerce became a separate college within WKU. In 1965 three more colleges were established: Potter College of Liberal Arts, College of Education, and Ogden College of Science and Technology.

In 1966 Western Kentucky State College became Western Kentucky University. More colleges and reorganisation followed throughout the years as WKU continued to expand. The College of Health and Human Services was established in 2002. The Division of Extended Learning and Outreach (DELO) launched in 2003 and the Honors College in 2008. Today, the University has six colleges which is home to more than 20,000 students.

Master Programs

  • Craig Administration Center, 1906 College Heights Blvd, Bowling Green, KY 42101, USA

    Accountancy

    USD 23,952 Tuition Fee

    A program that prepares individuals for the profession or duties of an accountant. The curriculum focuses on the process by which financial information about a business is recorded, classified, summarised, interpreted and communicated

  • Craig Administration Center, 1906 College Heights Blvd, Bowling Green, KY 42101, USA

    Agriculture

    USD 23,952 Tuition Fee

    Instructional programs that focus on agriculture and related sciences and that prepare individuals to apply specific knowledge, methods, and techniques to the management and performance of agricultural operations.

  • Craig Administration Center, 1906 College Heights Blvd, Bowling Green, KY 42101, USA

    Business Administration

    USD 10,570 Tuition Fee

    A program that generally prepares individuals to plan, organize, direct, and control the functions and processes of a firm or organization. Includes instruction in management theory, human resources management and behavior, accounting and other quantitative methods, purchasing and logistics, organization and production, marketing, and business decision-making.

  • Craig Administration Center, 1906 College Heights Blvd, Bowling Green, KY 42101, USA

    Chemistry

    USD 23,952 Tuition Fee

    A general program that focuses on the scientific study of the composition and behavior of matter, including its micro- and macro-structure, the processes of chemical change, and the theoretical description and laboratory simulation of these phenomena.

  • Craig Administration Center, 1906 College Heights Blvd, Bowling Green, KY 42101, USA

    Childhood Education

    USD 23,952 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on the design and provision of teaching and other educational services to infant and pre-school age children with special learning needs or disabilities, and that prepares individuals to teach such students. Includes instruction in diagnosing learning disabilities, developing individual education plans, teaching and supervising special education students, special education counseling, and applicable laws and policies.

  • Craig Administration Center, 1906 College Heights Blvd, Bowling Green, KY 42101, USA

    Clinical Psychology

    USD 23,952 Tuition Fee

    A program that prepares individuals for the independent professional practice of clinical psychology, involving the analysis, diagnosis, and clinical treatment of psychological disorders and behavioral pathologies. Includes instruction in clinical assessment and diagnosis, personality appraisal, psychopathology, clinical psychopharmacology, behavior modification, therapeutic intervention skills, patient interviewing, personalized and group therapy, child and adolescent therapy, cognitive and behavioral therapy, supervised clinical practice, ethical standards, and applicable regulations.

  • Craig Administration Center, 1906 College Heights Blvd, Bowling Green, KY 42101, USA

    Communication

    USD 23,952 Tuition Fee

    Instructional content for this group of programs is defined in codes 09.0100 - 09.0199.

  • Craig Administration Center, 1906 College Heights Blvd, Bowling Green, KY 42101, USA

    Computer Science

    USD 23,952 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on computer theory, computing problems and solutions, and the design of computer systems and user interfaces from a scientific perspective. Includes instruction in the principles of computational science, computer development and programming, and applications to a variety of end-use situations.

  • Craig Administration Center, 1906 College Heights Blvd, Bowling Green, KY 42101, USA

    Criminology

    USD 23,952 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on the systematic study of crime as a sociopathological phenomenon, the behavior of criminals, and the social institutions evolved to respond to crime. Includes instruction in the theory of crime, psychological and social bases of criminal behavior, social value systems and the theory of punishment, criminal law and criminal justice systems, penology, rehabilitation and recidivism, studies of specific types of crime, social attitudes and policy, and applications to specific issues in law enforcement administration and policy.

  • Craig Administration Center, 1906 College Heights Blvd, Bowling Green, KY 42101, USA

    Economics

    USD 23,952 Tuition Fee

    A general program that focuses on the systematic study of the production, conservation and allocation of resources in conditions of scarcity, together with the organizational frameworks related to these processes. Includes instruction in economic theory, micro- and macroeconomics, comparative economic systems, money and banking systems, international economics, quantitative analytical methods, and applications to specific industries and public policy issues.

  • Craig Administration Center, 1906 College Heights Blvd, Bowling Green, KY 42101, USA

    Education

    USD 23,952 Tuition Fee

    Instructional programs that focus on the theory and practice of learning and teaching, and related research, administrative and support services.

  • Craig Administration Center, 1906 College Heights Blvd, Bowling Green, KY 42101, USA

    Engineering Management

    USD 23,952 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on the application of engineering principles to the planning and operational management of industrial and manufacturing operations, and prepares individuals to plan and manage such operations. Includes instruction in accounting, engineering economy, financial management, industrial and human resources management, industrial psychology, management information systems, mathematical modeling and optimization, quality control, operations research, safety and health issues, and environmental program management.

  • Craig Administration Center, 1906 College Heights Blvd, Bowling Green, KY 42101, USA

    English

    USD 23,952 Tuition Fee

    Instructional programs that focus on the structure and use of the English language and dialects, speech, writing, and various aspects of the literatures and cultures of the English-speaking peoples.

  • Craig Administration Center, 1906 College Heights Blvd, Bowling Green, KY 42101, USA

    Health Administration

    USD 23,952 Tuition Fee

    A program that prepares individuals to develop, plan, and manage health care operations and services within health care facilities and across health care systems. Includes instruction in planning, business management, financial management, public relations, human resources management, health care systems operation and management, health care resource allocation and policy making, health law and regulations, and applications to specific types of health care services.

  • Craig Administration Center, 1906 College Heights Blvd, Bowling Green, KY 42101, USA

    History

    USD 23,952 Tuition Fee

    Instructional programs that focus on the study and interpretation of past events, institutions, issues, and cultures.

  • Craig Administration Center, 1906 College Heights Blvd, Bowling Green, KY 42101, USA

    Instructional Design

    USD 23,952 Tuition Fee

    A program that prepares individuals to apply scientific and mathematical principles to the design, improvement, and installation of integrated systems of people, material, information, and energy. Includes instruction in applied mathematics, physical sciences, the social sciences, engineering analysis, systems design, computer applications, and forecasting and evaluation methodology.

  • Craig Administration Center, 1906 College Heights Blvd, Bowling Green, KY 42101, USA

    Library and Information Science

    USD 23,952 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on the knowledge and skills required to develop, organize, store, retrieve, administer, and facilitate the use of local, remote, and networked collections of information in print, audiovisual, and electronic formats and that prepares individuals for professional service as librarians and information consultants.

  • Craig Administration Center, 1906 College Heights Blvd, Bowling Green, KY 42101, USA

    Mathematics

    USD 23,952 Tuition Fee

    A general program that focuses on the analysis of quantities, magnitudes, forms, and their relationships, using symbolic logic and language. Includes instruction in algebra, calculus, functional analysis, geometry, number theory, logic, topology and other mathematical specializations.

  • Craig Administration Center, 1906 College Heights Blvd, Bowling Green, KY 42101, USA

    Music

    USD 23,952 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on the knowledge and skills associated with personal music appreciation, the playing of a musical instrument, singing or recreational composition. This CIP code is not valid for IPEDS reporting.

  • Craig Administration Center, 1906 College Heights Blvd, Bowling Green, KY 42101, USA

    Nursing

    USD 23,952 Tuition Fee

    A program that generally prepares individuals in the knowledge, techniques and procedures for promoting health, providing care for sick, disabled, infirmed, or other individuals or groups. Includes instruction in the administration of medication and treatments, assisting a physician during treatments and examinations, Referring patients to physicians and other health care specialists, and planning education for health maintenance.

  • Craig Administration Center, 1906 College Heights Blvd, Bowling Green, KY 42101, USA

    Organizational Psychology

    USD 23,952 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on the scientific study of individual and group behavior in institutional settings, applications to related problems of organization and industry, and that may prepare individuals to apply such principles in industrial and organizational settings. Includes instruction in group behavior theory, organizational theory, reward/punishment structures, human-machine and human-computer interactions, motivation dynamics, human stress studies, environmental and organizational influences on behavior, alienation and satisfaction, and job testing and assessment.

  • Craig Administration Center, 1906 College Heights Blvd, Bowling Green, KY 42101, USA

    Psychology

    USD 23,952 Tuition Fee

    Instructional programs that focus on the scientific study of the behavior of individuals, independently or collectively, and the physical and environmental bases of mental, emotional, and neurological activity.

  • Craig Administration Center, 1906 College Heights Blvd, Bowling Green, KY 42101, USA

    Public Health

    USD 23,952 Tuition Fee

    A program that prepares registered nurses to promote health and provide preventive and curative nursing services for groups or communities under the supervision of a public health agency. Includes instruction in community and rural health, family therapy and intervention, disease prevention, health education, and community health assessment.

  • Craig Administration Center, 1906 College Heights Blvd, Bowling Green, KY 42101, USA

    Religious Education

    USD 23,952 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on the theory and practice of providing educational services to members of faith communities, within the context of a particular religion, and that prepares individuals to serve as religious educators. Includes instruction in planning and teaching lessons, organizing and supervising instructional activities, designing and developing instructional materials, and administering religious education programs and facilities.

  • Craig Administration Center, 1906 College Heights Blvd, Bowling Green, KY 42101, USA

    Social Work

    USD 23,952 Tuition Fee

    A program that prepares individuals for the professional practice of social welfare administration and counseling, and that focus on the study of organized means of providing basic support services for vulnerable individuals and groups. Includes instruction in social welfare policy; case work planning; social counseling and intervention strategies; administrative procedures and regulations; and specific applications in areas such as child welfare and family services, probation, employment services, and disability counseling.

  • Craig Administration Center, 1906 College Heights Blvd, Bowling Green, KY 42101, USA

    Sociology

    USD 23,952 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on the systematic study of human social institutions and social relationships. Includes instruction in social theory, sociological research methods, social organization and structure, social stratification and hierarchies, dynamics of social change, family structures, social deviance and control, and applications to the study of specific social groups, social institutions, and social problems.

  • Craig Administration Center, 1906 College Heights Blvd, Bowling Green, KY 42101, USA

    Speech Language Pathology

    USD 23,952 Tuition Fee

    Instructional programs that prepare individuals to practice as licensed professionals and assistants in the health care professions and related clinical sciences and administrative and support services.

  • Craig Administration Center, 1906 College Heights Blvd, Bowling Green, KY 42101, USA

    Sports Management

    USD 23,952 Tuition Fee

    Instructional programs that focus on the principles and practices of managing parks and other recreational and fitness facilities; providing recreational, leisure and fitness services; and the study of human fitness.

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    SchoolApply Ranking 676
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    Forbes (USA) 614

Admission Requirements

  • Minimum GPA 2.50
  • Minimum incoming TOEFL 71
  • Minimum incoming IELTS 6.00
  • Minimum SAT 1020
  • Minimum ACT 18

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          • Testimony
            2004-2007, Marketing/Business

            "I graduated from WKU in 2007. My time there was primarily spent in the GFCOB in the marketing and entrepreneurship department. When I was studying there, the entrepreneurship program was in it's beginning phases. WKU made a great effort to attract very high-caliber professors with incredible industry experience to teach many of the classes. I was given the tools necessary by these professors to start my own business afterwards and launch a great career in the marketing industry. It may be a bold statement, but I'd put myself, based on my education and experience gained at GFCOB, against any of my Ivy League peers in my current workplace."

          • Testimony
            1967-1971, Education

            "I loved attending Western. Bowling Green is a welcoming city to the University. I had lots of friends and lots of good times at Western with my Kappa Delta Sisters. I had no trouble securing a teaching job as soon as I graduated from Western. Education program at Western is outstanding. The campus is beautiful located in southern Kentucky. The city has grown since I graduated. Many more restaurants and attractions. Beach Bend was our venue for many sorority parties. Many more places to have formal parties today. Friendly campus, great place to begin a career path."

          • Testimony
            1983-1988, Physical Education & Parks & Recreation Administration

            "Western Kentucky Univerity gave me the education and confidence to face the world! Attending WKU was a rewarding experience in so many ways. I'll always treasure my years on the hill!"