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

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of Accounting Principles. The program offers courses that focus on all aspects of business, management and finance.

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

    Agriculture

    USD 23,952 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of Agriculture. The program offers courses that focus on forestry, horticulture, plant breeding, soil science, and plant nutrition.

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

    Business Administration

    USD 10,570 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of the fundamentals of Business Administration. The program offers courses that focus on the study of management theory; human resource management and behavior; accounting, 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

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of Chemistry. The program offers courses that focus on the study of general chemistry, organic chemistry, and chemical analysis.

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

    Childhood Education

    USD 23,952 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of the principles of Childhood Education. The program offers courses that focus on the study of the design and provision of teaching including other educational services for infant and preschool aged children with special learning needs or disabilities.

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

    Clinical Psychology

    USD 23,952 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of Clinical Psychology. The program offers courses that focus on diagnosing and treating mental, emotional, and behavioural disorders through observation, interviews, and tests.

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

    Communication

    USD 23,952 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the concepts of Communication. The program offers courses that focus on public relations, connectivity and culture, multimedia, digital analytics, communication law and ethics, creative writing, and media design.

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

    Computer Science

    USD 23,952 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the conceptual and practical knowledge of Computer Science. The program offers courses that focus on the study of artificial intelligence, cyber security, the blockchain, and big data.

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

    Criminology

    USD 23,952 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of the fundamentals of Criminology. The program offers courses that focus on the study of the history and theory of law enforcement; operational command leadership; administration of public police organizations; labor relations; incident response strategies; legal and regulatory responsibilities; budgeting; public relations; and organizational leadership.

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

    Economics

    USD 23,952 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of the fundamentals of Business Economics. The program offers courses that focus on the study of the systematic and efficient allocation of resources; economic theory; micro and macroeconomics; comparative economic systems; banking systems; international economics; quantitative analytical methods; and public policy.

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

    Education

    USD 23,952 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of the concepts of Education. The program offers courses that focus on the study of research, and administrative and support services related to learning and teaching.

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

    Engineering Management

    USD 23,952 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of the fundamentals of Business Engineering. The program offers courses that focus on the study of accounting; engineering economy; financial management; industrial and human resource 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

    This program is designed to equip students with critical, practical, and analytical knowledge of the fundamentals of English. The program offers courses that focus on three major objectives; reading, writing, and literature.

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

    Health Administration

    USD 23,952 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of Health Administration. The program offers courses that focus on studying the administration of public health systems, management, health care systems, and hospital networks.

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

    History

    USD 23,952 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with comprehensive knowledge of History. The program offers courses that focus on developing an awareness of differing political, cultural, social, and economic structures in past societies and their interrelationship.

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

    Instructional Design

    USD 23,952 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of the fundamentals of Industrial Engineering. The program offers courses that focus on the study of applied mathematics; physical sciences; social sciences; engineering analysis; systems design; computer applications; and evaluation methodology.

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

    Library and Information Science

    USD 23,952 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of Library and Information Science. The program offers courses that focus on knowledge organization, information services, data science, information architecture, and user experience.

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

    Mathematics

    USD 23,952 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of Mathematics. The program offers courses that focus on 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

    This program is designed to equip students with the conceptual and practical knowledge of Music. The program offers courses that focus on the study of medieval, renaissance, classical, romantic, jazz, pop, and rock music.

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

    Nursing

    USD 23,952 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of Nursing. The program offers courses that focus on the study of biology, physiology, chemistry, and anatomy. The program also includes a practical clinical component.

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

    Organizational Psychology

    USD 23,952 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of Organizational Psychology. The program offers courses that focus on employee selection and placement, research methods and data analysis, performance evaluation and feedback, and work motivation.

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

    Psychology

    USD 23,952 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of the fundamentals of Psychology. The program offers courses that focus on understanding and analyzing human behavior.

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

    Public Health

    USD 23,952 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of Public Health. The program offers courses that focus on the study of public health biology and management, behavioral sciences, biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental science, and communications and informatics.

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

    Religious Education

    USD 23,952 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theological and practical knowledge of Religious Education. The program offers courses that focus on teaching the fundamentals of religion and different belief systems; doctrines; rituals; customs; rites; and religion in society.

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

    Social Work

    USD 23,952 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of Social Work. The program offers courses that enable students to work with individuals, groups, and communities. The program requires students to participate in social work agencies, children's homes, and other institutions.

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

    Sociology

    USD 23,952 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical, conceptual, and practical knowledge of Sociology. The program offers courses that focus on the study of family; religion; media; global development; and methods of research.

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

    Speech Language Pathology

    USD 23,952 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of Health Science. The program includes the study, research, and knowledge of health and the application of knowledge to improve health and cure diseases. The program offers courses that focus on human anatomy, chemistry, biology, pharmacology and public health.

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

    Sports Management

    USD 23,952 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of Sports Management. The program offers courses that focus on the study of athletic management; adult fitness; and recreation leadership.

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    SchoolApply Ranking 678
  • Forbes (USA)
    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!"